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Simple Plumbing Repairs And Renovations That Will Improve Your Daily Life

Posted by on Apr 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Plumbing Repairs And Renovations That Will Improve Your Daily Life

If you are struggling with some common plumbing issues, there are some simple and affordable repairs that can improve the quality of your everyday life. Whether you suffer from poor-tasting tap water or enough room to get ready in the bathroom, why put up with it another day? Talk to home improvement retailers and plumbing contractors about resolving these problems and getting the most from the taps and sinks in your home.   Some simple things that make a big difference include: The quality of your water. If you find that your water has a funky taste or foul smell, you may need a water filter. Water filtration systems can be installed to address every tap in your home, often referred to as whole house systems, or you can simply install a filter under-the-sink to work on that single faucet or tap. These filters can effectively give your water a better taste, improve the smell of your water, and reduce the contaminants, toxins, and bacteria your family is consuming. Your water pressure. Poor water pressure? Fight the frustration of low water pressure with a simple plumbing fix: clean your aerator. These are the tiny screens that are located in the faucet head, typically requiring a wrench or pair of pliers to remove; soak the aerator in white vinegar overnight to remove the deposits and build-up that can cause your pressure to decrease. If you continue to struggle with poor water pressure after maintenance and cleaning, consider checking the water supply lines for problems such as shoddy pipes or leaks. The aesthetics of your faucets. There is no reason to settle for unsightly faucets or taps at your sink. Talk with plumbing professionals about the options and costs to replace your faucets and update your sinks. It will make your bathroom feel remodeled and new, for a fraction of the budget. Adequate counter-space. Do you feel like the space around your sink is wasted or poorly configured? It may be time for an update. Talk with plumbing professionals (such as those from Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon) and contractors about ways to extend your current counter-space to provide more storage, convenience, and a new look. Sometimes, the simplest repairs can improve daily living most significantly.Keep an eye on your water meter to gauge water consumption habits and to identify when you might have a problem that is causing waste and costing money. Make yourself familiar with where the water supply shut-off valve is located. You can usually turn this valve on and off using a t-shaped wrench with ease; being able to quickly turn off the water supply can save gallons of water and lots of damage in the event of a broken pipe.  ...

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Keeping Your Bar Patrons Relieved By Keeping On Top Of Urinal Care

Posted by on Mar 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Bar Patrons Relieved By Keeping On Top Of Urinal Care

If you just opened a bar or lounge and you have urinals in your men’s room, chances are they will be receiving a lot of usage since you are in the business of serving alcoholic beverages. Taking care of your bar’s urinals is an important task if you wish to keep them working properly, avoiding unnecessary downtime and repair as a result. Here are some tips you can use to keep your bar’s urinals in the best of shape for your customers. Prepare To Clean Your Urinals If you have a regular cleaning service come into your establishment, they most likely handle the cleaning of your urinals along with other cleaning activities. If you do the cleaning yourself, do it at a time when the establishment is closed so you do not cause patrons to need to wait for the procedure to be finished. Don a pair of gloves and remove any cigarette butts, paper towels, or other trash that patrons may have thrown into the urinals. Remove each urinal screen or block so you have direct access to the entire surface of the each urinal’s basin.  Clean The Urinal Out Completely Spray down the interior of each urinal with a heavy-duty disinfectant with a deodorizer. You can purchase great products from a janitorial supply service or through a plumbing service. Allow the cleaner to sit for several minutes and use a sponge to wipe down the porcelain. Clean the exterior of the urinals in the same manner after the interior has been cleaned. When you are finished cleaning you will need to throw away your sponge so it is not mistakenly used to clean another item. Place a new urinal screen or blocker in the bottom portion of each basin. Wipe down the handles with the disinfectant and wipe off with a disposable paper towel. Handle Clogs Promptly And Efficiently If one of your urinals becomes clogged, you are at risk for an overflow situation as bar patrons may continue to use the unit if they do not have an alternate spot to relieve themselves. You will need to act promptly in fixing the clog to avoid this scenario. If the porcelain bowl has only one exit hole, you can use a plunger to see if there is an obstruction in the piping that may have been lodged in the way of liquid flow. If this does not alleviate the problem, try using a plumber’s snake to dislodge matter from the pipes. If the urinal has several smaller exit holes, you will need to undo the trap from below to remove excess liquid from the basin. Place a bucket under the pipe on the bottom of the unit and use a wrench to remove the nuts at each end of the pipe to remove it. This is a messy job, so you will want to be properly protected from bacteria and waste with the right clothing. The waste will flow into the bucket for you to dispose of in a toilet or another urinal. You can now use a plumber’s snake to push through an obstruction in the pipe going into the wall near the unit. If the urinal still fills up after you reassemble the piping, you may want to call a plumber to take a look at the unit. They can do a hydro-jetting procedure to remove hardened calcium deposits from the piping if necessary. Contact a...

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What To Do About A Kitchen Sink With Frequent Clogs

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Do About A Kitchen Sink With Frequent Clogs

Does your kitchen sink clog frequently for no apparent reason? Have you bought the right kind of sink plunger and that still provides little assistance? The clog might be deeper down the line, which requires more heavy-duty tools. Below are a few ideas you can try to remove those clogs from your kitchen sink and to prevent the clogs from happening so frequently in the future. Buy A Drain Auger A drain auger is essentially a long, kink-proof compression cord attached to a manual handle. You want to make sure to buy the regular drain or cable auger and not the closet or toilet auger because the latter has a cable that’s a lot shorter. A drain auger is an affordable and valuable part of the drain cleaning process. You simply feed one end of the cable down into your drain and start to turn the handle so that the cable continues to feed further and further down. Keep going until you run out of cable or run into a blockage the cable can’t push through. If you didn’t hit a hard blockage, you can retrieve the cable – and loosen the clog – by turning the handle in the opposite direction while also pulling upwards until the end of the cable comes out. If you did hit a hard blockage, call in a plumber for help. Install A Garbage Disposal Food debris is one of the most common causes of kitchen sink clogs. You can prevent those clogs from happening in the future by installing a garbage disposal. The disposal ensures that food is ground up small enough to easily pass through your plumbing and out your waste lines. You can buy garbage disposals at any hardware store and most are easy to install if you follow the included installation guide. Or you can ask the hardware store or a plumber to install the garbage disposal for you. Hire A Drain Cleaning Service If you experience frequent clogs in your kitchen sink and elsewhere in your home, you might want to call out a drain cleaning service to diagnose the problem. A plumber can check to see if there are any major blockages in the main pipes and discover whether the cause is backed up waste, mineral buildups, or damage to the pipe itself. A plumber from a company like R Acres Plumbing Company LLC might be able to fix the clogging problem for good by replacing a few pipes or rerouting a poorly designed waste disposal layout. The fee for the service call will be well worth the lack of clogged drains in the...

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Water Heaters: Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve And Safety

Posted by on Feb 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Water Heaters: Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve And Safety

Temperature/Pressure Relief (TPR) valves are usually installed in water heaters to help prevent explosions. They do this by providing a way out for hot water and steam. Doing so usually decreases pressure in the heating system and as a result reduces the chances of heater explosions. Given the importance of the role that these valves play, it is important for every homeowner to ensure that they are in good shape at all times. The fact that they handle hot water makes them a potential safety hazard. The following are TPR valve tips that will help make your home safer. Testing the TPR valve Most TPR valve heaters are fitted with a lever system. This lever usually comes in handy in cases where the TPR valve malfunctions and manual intervention is necessary. And while the lever is primarily an emergency intervention feature, it can also be used to test whether the TPR valve is functioning properly. Taking advantage of this feature can help you prevent a water heater disaster by allowing you enough time to replace a malfunctioning valve. Using the “test” lever is also a good chance to ensure no physical objects get in the way of the TPR valve’s operation. Things that limit the movement of the “test” lever, such as walls, are usually of particular concern. This is because the lever is connected to the valve. Therefore, anything that makes it impossible to move it can potentially affect the operation of the valve. Adding a discharge tube In order to ensure that you and your family are shielded from the risks of scalding, it is important to ensure that the TPR valve is fitted with a discharge tube. The function of this tube will be to ensure that the hot water emitted by the TPR valve is safely guided to a drain. This will go a long way towards reducing the risks of accidental scalding. And since the emitted water will be discharged away from your furniture and other valuables, a properly installed discharge tube will come with the added advantage of reducing the risks of water damage. When installing the discharge tube, it is important to remember that the discharge tube should never be “piped up”. What this means is that it should be installed in a way that ensures the smooth flow of water- it should be consistently dropping – gradient wise. This is important because a “piped up” discharge pipe is usually inefficient when it comes to draining TPR valve water leaks. This not only increases the risks of blockage, but also makes it impossible to detect these leaks – something that may hide the signs of a heater malfunction. If you do see a leak, then contact a heating services professional right...

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4 Most Essential Plumbing Tools And Materials For Common Repairs And Emergencies

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Most Essential Plumbing Tools And Materials For Common Repairs And Emergencies

When something goes wrong with your plumbing, you are probably going to call the plumber. However, there may be times when a plumber cannot come to your home right away, or when you may need to deal with small repairs on your own. For these situations, it is important to have the right plumbing tools and materials. Here are some of the most essential tools and materials you will want to have in your home: 1. Home Improvement Toolbox With Essential Plumbing Tools You will want to have a home improvement toolbox to do small repairs in your home. This box should include the essential plumbing tools. A set of screw drivers can be good for loosening clamps and other connections. Small torches or a soldering iron can help repair a leaking water line, and a crescent wrench can be used to loosen plumbing fittings. 2. Keeping Tape, Sealants And Connections To Do Minor Repairs There are also many types of tapes, gaskets and sealants that can come in handy. Teflon tape can be used to seal leaks and make pipe connections water tight. You may also want to have adhesives for connection PVC pipe, as well as some of the most common rubber gaskets to replace worn out gaskets. 3. Drains, Pipes And Plumbing Materials To Do An Emergency Repair Sometimes, you may need to replace a small section of pipe. This can happen with sinks and other drain lines. You may want to look at the size pipe for the kitchen sink and water lines. Keep extra pipe and drains in your repair kit to help deal with small problems with sinks and water lines in your home. 4. Keys, Snakes And Plungers To Deal With Water And Clogged Drains Dealing with drain clogs can be frustrating. Sometimes, a simple tool like a plunger can solve the problem. When something is stuck deep in a drain, a plumbing snake can grab it and pull it out to remove a clog. You may also want a key for the water service, which can be used if you have a problem with burst pipes during a winter freeze. These are some of the most essential plumbing materials you want to have available in your home. They are great to have on hand for any plumbing you plan on doing on your own. If you have a plumbing emergency, contact an HVAC professional like Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to help you with the problems that are too big for you to fix on your...

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About Me

When I bought my first home, I had a love-hate relationship with my plumbing. Sometimes things would run along smoothly, while other times I found myself shaking my head at a stopped drain. It was a really frustrating ordeal, and I quickly discovered that things were a little easier when I could troubleshoot problems on my own. After taking a local plumbing class, I learned to love plumbing. I want you to learn how to quickly and easily diagnose trouble, which is why I have filled this blog with helpful tricks and tips. By learning a little more, you might be able to resolve issues in a jiffy.

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