How Do I Keep My Toilet From Clogging? Here Are Some Tips for Toilet Clog Prevention
There are numerous reasons that a toilet clog could be occurring, even on a daily basis. This could happen because of how the toilet is used, from problems in the toilet’s mechanics, toilet drain, sewer lines or main sewer line issues, or perhaps even problems with your water supply, water pressure or plumbing vents. There are some DIY solutions that are implemented like chemical drain cleaners, however those are almost always inferior to an auger – chemical drain cleaners will have no impact on tree roots or other large blockages in drain pipes. This post will cover several of these reasons a homeowner’s toilet could be clogged and provide some fixes, as well as offer plumbing tips to keep your toilet from clogging! Common Causes for a Clogged Toilet Low Flow Toilet Simply put, one reason that a toilet could experience frequent clogging is that too much is being asked
Six Signs Your Garbage Disposal Needs Repair
Garbage disposals make life easier for millions of Americans, providing an easy way to get rid of food waste after meals. Although around 47 percent of us have garbage disposals, most of us never give them much thought until they’re not working. To avoid having your garbage disposal break down at inopportune times, learn to spot warning signs that your unit is in need of repair or replacement. Here are a few red flags that should alert you to contact a plumbing contractor for maintenance work: Bad odors – If your disposal has a persistent bad odor even after you’ve rinsed it with soapy water and other cleaners, this may be a sign of a failing unit. A plumber can check out the unit, remove any trapped matter, or replace the unit if needed. Lag time – Your garbage disposal should make quick work of any food matter. If your
What To Do When the Garbage Disposal Stops Working
Garbage Disposal Repair in Kansas City Garbage disposals are a handy thing to have in our kitchens, as it allows us to take care of our drains by chopping up the pieces before they go down. Whether you are putting you dinner leftovers down the disposal or your child has thrown one too many action figures down the drain, you are well aware that at times they can stop working altogether. While it may not happen all too often, in the event your garbage disposal has stopped working, here are a few simple tips to consider in order to get it back in shape. When dealing with your garbage disposal, it is important to recognize that this device has a sensor which tells it to turn off in the event the disposal is overheating and is on overload. When the device senses that there is too much in the disposal,
Got Kids? Plumbing Advice for Parents!
Some people have a good grasp of plumbing, especially when they grew up with a father or a grandfather who was pretty handy around the house. If you were the kid who wore your Dad’s tool belt as he repaired a clogged garbage disposal or a leaky faucet, you may have a good understanding of how indoor plumbing works. On the other hand, perhaps you grew up in apartments. Whenever your single mom had a problem with the plumbing, the apartment manager would dispatch a handyman or a professional plumber to fix the issue. Or, perhaps your parents were very busy people with demanding careers. Your father was traveling all the time and your mom was always at the office, so you were cared for by your grandmother or a babysitter. In other words, your father didn’t have time to do work around the house so he called a professional
Plumbing Advice for Landlords in Kansas City
In many situations, renters and homeowners have different mentalities when it comes to home maintenance. When something breaks down or stops working, usually the first thing a renter does is put in a call to their landlord. Renters may not think twice about what they put down the garbage disposal or the toilet because they automatically think their landlord will foot the bill when a problem arises. Homeowners, on the other hand, know that if anything were to go wrong, they have no one to rely on but themselves. So, homeowners do their best to take care of their property so they can minimize all home-related costs. From their roof to their HVAC system, to their carpeting, and their indoor plumbing system, most homeowners are actively looking for ways to take care of their property and reduce repair and replacement costs. Are You a Landlord? Real estate can be a
Renters and Plumbing Repairs
Most of our posts are written for homeowners who actually live in their homes, but this post is geared towards homeowners who rent or lease out one or more homes. It’s valuable for renters too! When you’re a homeowner who is living in your home, you’re fairly cost-conscious. You know that if there’s a leak in the roof, you have to call a roofer and take care of it. You have to make sure that the lawn looks good year-round so the neighbors don’t complain, and you have to replace the garbage disposal or dishwasher when they outlive their lifespan and breakdown for good. There’s no landlord or property manager to call when something needs to be maintained or repaired – it’s all on you. With the cost of repairs always in the back of your mind, you’re mindful about your property (inside and out), and you do whatever you
Preventing a Plumbing Emergency Over the Holidays
If you will be entertaining over the holidays the last thing you want is for a plumbing disaster to strike, and we all know that emergencies always happen at the worst times – like when we have a house full of guests! Whether the issue is a toy car clogging the toilet, turkey grease solidifying in the kitchen drain, silverware jamming the garbage disposal, or a broken water heater on Christmas Eve, plumbers are the superheroes over the holidays, that’s for sure! Many households see an increase in activity between November 23rd and January 1st, which places additional stress on the water heater, dishwasher, showers, bathtubs, toilets, kitchen sink drain, garbage disposal, and even the washing machine, which means household plumbing is put the ultimate test. While you can put in an emergency call to a plumber over the holidays, you’d prefer not to have to place a call on
Permalink How Long Should Garbage Disposals Last?
If you live in a rural area, or if you have an older home, you may think that having a garbage disposal is like having a dishwasher, it’s a luxury more than a necessity. Or, if you’re like most people, you feel that garbage disposals are a “must have” component to a modern kitchen – we sure feel that way! Just like a refrigerator or a clothes dryer, garbage disposals don’t last forever; all appliances have a life expectancy. However, like our bodies and like any other household appliance, automobile, or piece of furniture, garbage disposals can last longer if they are properly maintained and they aren’t abused. So, how long should a brand new garbage disposal last? On average, garbage disposals last about 12 years. However, if people put the wrong stuff down the garbage disposal, such as egg shells, large chunks of food, and large pieces of hard
Know Your Plumbing Basics!
A plumbing emergency or worse, a plumbing disaster, is every homeowner’s nightmare. An overflowing toilet, a flooded basement, or a leaky pipe that causes significant water damage in your flooring and ceilings are all bad news. Such problems can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and destroy expensive flooring and furnishings. If you are in the dark about plumbing or know little about it, learning a few basic plumbing tips can go a long way in preventing plumbing emergencies before they begin. The more you know about your indoor plumbing system, the better position you’ll be in to detect a problem before it becomes an emergency. Just like car accidents, injuries and illness, there’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing problem. The fact of the matter is, most plumbing problems start out small and then take you by surprise when you least expect it. The
How to Extend the Life of Your Garbage Disposal
Most of can agree that it’s really nice to have a working garbage disposal. It makes it so much easier to clean up after cooking a big meal and it makes loading the dishwasher or washing dishes a painless process. While we may view garbage disposals as “modern conveniences,” they’re actually much more than that: They help take care of the planet. Not only are they cheap to run – they don’t use much water – they reduce the food waste that is sent to our nation’s landfills, which produces methane gas. When you run the disposal unit at home, you’re helping the environment. Why? Because, as you grind up food in the disposal, the ground-up food scraps are liquefied so they are much easier to treat down at the local water plant. The recycled food scraps, compliments of your garbage disposal, are recycled into fertilizer and clean water. As