6 Tips to Avoiding a Clogged Toilet

6 Tips to Avoiding a Clogged Toilet

  • Plumbing
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As a homeowner, chances are good that you have already experienced the displeasure of a clogged or overflowing toilet. In addition to the mess, a toilet that clogs or overflows frequently can cause lasting damage to floor coverings, sub-floors, plumbing infrastructure and even the ceiling below, when the toilet is located in an upper-level bathroom. In addition, any moisture that remains after the clean up can result in unhealthy mildew and mold growth long after the mess has been cleaned up.

1. Teach Family Members What Objects & Materials Should Never Be Flushed

Many clogged toilets are caused each year due to improper use. In most of these cases, family members, both children and adults, attempt to flush materials down the toilet that should not be introduced into any type of sewage disposal system. These materials include common household items, such as: 

  • paper products – including cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products, cotton balls and swabs, cigarette butts, paper toweling, facial tissues, diaper liners and even excessive amounts of toilet tissue
  • miscellaneous household waste products – including kitty litter, human or pet hair, grease, oils, dental floss, ashes, potting soil and dust and dirt from vacuums or dust pans
  • other objects or materials – including children’s toys, small articles of clothing like socks, medications, pet food, potting soil, sand, gravel or other miscellaneous materials or objects

2. Provide Alternate Disposal to Encourage Proper Toilet Usage

A great way to prevent inappropriate objects and materials from being placed into the toilet is to provide an alternate disposal option for family members and guests who use your bathroom. To do this, place a small trash can near each toilet in the home. Doing this is a economical, effective way of preventing future clogged toilet issues because something was flushed that should not have been flushed. 

3. Keep Surfaces Clear of Small Items That Could Easily Fall Into the Toilet

Many clogged toilets also result from accidents where an object is knocked into the toilet accidentally. This often happens when nearby counters or over-the-toilet shelving is filled with small objects, such as jars, bottles, sponges and cosmetics. When these objects land in the toilet and are flushed accidentally, a clog situation is the likely result. Keeping these areas clear of small items will lessen the chances of this happening.

4. Flush Twice, When Necessary

If the toilet has a large amount of waste or toilet paper in it, flushing twice may be necessary to completely empty the bowl. But a toilet that always needs to be flushed multiple times probably already suffers from some type of clog or plumbing problem.

If a toilet in your home is having to be flushed multiple times, the extra water usage is placing an additional burden on both your plumbing system and the family water bill. When this problem occurs homeowners may want to prevent excessive water bills and further damage to their plumbing by having the problem diagnosed and repaired by a professional. 

5. Learn to Plunge & Do So, As Needed

Another cause of clogged toilets and the damage that results is ignoring or postponing obvious signs that the toilet is malfunctioning. Even when the toilet does empty by flushing it multiple times, flushing over and over is not healthy for the plumbing system and can cause more serious plumbing problems over time.

Homeowners who experience slow flushing action may be able to relieve the problem by using a plunger to help free the clog and push it through the pipes. To do this effectively, follow these steps: 

  • insert the plunger into the toilet bowl, tipping it to allow any trapped air in the bell of the plunger to escape
  • position the plunger over the drainage hole and plunge vigorously to move the water both directions in the drain to loosen and free the clog
  • be patient and repeat the process until the clog is freed and the toilet bowl empties
  • if plunging does not give results and the clog remains firmly in place, calling a professional to clear the clog may be necessary

6. Know When You Need Professional Help

Plumbing problems that go unsolved are one of the most common reasons for water damage and mold issues in homes today. If you are homeowner with toilets that flush slowly, threaten to overflow or require the frequent use of a plunger, calling a professional to fix the problem quickly will help you avoid the costly, inconvenient home repair bills later. 

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6 Reasons to Choose Hydro Jetting in Sacramento

6 Reasons to Choose Hydro Jetting in Sacramento

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No matter how good you treat your plumbing system, it’s eventually going to get clogged. But how do you unclog your pipes once they get clogged? There are many ways to clear them out, but one of the more effective ways is via hydro jetting. When we perform a hydro jetting for your Sacramento home’s plumbing, we first use special cameras to identify the problem. After that, we blast the blockage with 3,000 to 8,000 psi of water to clear it out. This kind of blockage clearing has many advantages over conventional methods.

Here are six reasons to consider hydro jetting for your Sacramento home:

Environmentally friendlier than other methods

While hydro jetting uses plenty of water, it’s more environmentally friendly when compared to other blockage clearing methods. Other methods often make use of chemicals or techniques that cause more damage than a strong water spray could ever do. Another benefit of hydro jetting is that the lack of chemicals makes it a safe option for using near rivers and lakes.

Prevent future clogs

Hydro jetting your pipes not only cleans out any blockages, but it also cleans out the insides overall. This heavy cleaning can help prevent future clogs from building up and save you money by not having to make more plumbing calls.

Quicker and cleaner

Plumbing is rarely a clean job, and hydro jetting is no exception. However, sanitation is still an important part of these jobs so we can minimize the grime. With plumbing jobs, there’s always the risk sewage can make a mess on the plumber or worse, your home. Since hydro jetting is quicker than other methods, we’ll minimize the time we have to work with sewage.

It’s highly effective

Conventional plumbing methods can clear out blockages, but they’ll likely leave something behind. Over time, the residue from the cleared clog can build up and cause another clog. With hydro jetting, we’ll clear out the entire clog so you won’t have to worry about a relapse.

It’s non-invasive

Most of the time, when a home needs sewer work done, plumbing companies have to dig up the yard to reach the pipes. With hydro jetting, that’s not the case. We can snake the hose into your pipes through the pipe’s exit and get the hose to the blockage.

It’s very versatile

Hydro jetting can do more than everyday residential jobs. It’s also capable of dealing with commercial jobs, industrial jobs, and even city jobs. If a city sewer line is clogged, we can handle it as easily as a residential clog!

Why call America’s Plumbing to clear out my sewer pipes?

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing today to learn more about how we can keep your plumbing running!

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4 Popular Misconceptions About Tankless Water Heaters Debunked

4 Popular Misconceptions About Tankless Water Heaters Debunked

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Tankless water heaters have seen a huge boom in popularity in recent years, due in no small part to their energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, longevity, and accommodating size.  It’s really not all too surprising that such a useful piece of hardware is enjoying wide-spread popularity. What is surprising, however, is how many folks out there are confused about just how tankless water heaters work.  Being that a tankless water heater can be a very pricey piece of hardware, it is imperative that homeowners are as aware as possible of their system and how it functions. 

In the interest of clearing the air, we’ve narrowed down the four most wide-spread misconceptions about water heaters. Time to set the record straight. 

  1. Switching To And From Tankless Is a Simple Process If only this one were true. The reality is that swapping to and from tankless is not as simple as plugging in the new system. Old model water heaters were not designed with tankless in mind. Gas lines in older systems probably won’t be able to handle the gas output on a modern tankless water heater. When combined with the difficulties presented by tankless water heaters’ venting systems, it becomes clear that a proper professional installation is required when transitioning systems. An improperly installed water heater poses a huge safety threat to those occupying the home.
  2. All Tankless Water Heaters Are Identical This one is like saying a Hybrid and a monster truck are the same because they’re both technically cars.  Yes, both perform the same basic function, but the design and efficiency of the models are totally at odds. As technology has progressed, tankless water heaters have improved; becoming easier to install, more efficient, and longer lived. Some models are better fits for a given situation than others. The best way to determine which model works best for you is to consult your trusted HVAC installation professional. They’ll know exactly which product is best suited to your home and water heating needs,
  3. I Do Not Need a Permit or Inspection To Switch To A Tankless System This one’s a little more complicated. Standards and regulations vary from municipality to municipality. Therefore, the best and safest option is always to consult with a city official about the regulations in your area. You may be surprised to learn what goes into swapping systems.  Once you take any and all necessary legal steps, the (safe) installation process can begin.  Standard heaters generally use around 40,000 BTU of gas. Tankless heaters can use anywhere up to 200,000 BTU, depending on the model. When you consider all the safety protocols required for proper installation, you can understand the need for permits and inspections before you begin.
  4. My Water Heats Up Faster With A Tankless System Again, we really wish this one were true too! Instant hot water sounds like a pretty good deal, but sadly, it’s not the case here. If hot water took ten seconds to travel the length of piping from your old tanked system, it will take about the same amount of time to travel that piping from a tankless system, barring any additional pipe work.  Some models of tankless water heaters activate only when they sense waterflow, which may increase the wait further, but pipe length is the main factor in determining how long before you get the hot water.  If the wait time is a huge factor for you, consult with your plumbing professional about installing a circulation system to the water heater, which essentially keeps the hot water constantly at-the-ready in the facet. 

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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10 Warning Signs You Need Sewer Repair/Replacement

10 Warning Signs You Need Sewer Repair/Replacement

  • Plumbing
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A simply nightmarish matter for homeowners of all backgrounds, finding out that you need sewer repair or replacement can be a bit frustrating. One of the main components of a functioning home, matters in regards to sewer malfunction must be handled immediately. Don’t wait until your sewer system has wreaked havoc on your home to address this issue. The following is an overview of 10 warning signs that may signify you need sewer repair or if you need to totally replace your  system. 

1. Unwelcome Visitors 

First and foremost, if you notice a sudden influx of things such as bugs, mice, or even rats on your property, you just might need to replace your sewer system. This is due to the fact that a broken of malfunctioning sewer line can attract these pests. Instead of the exterminator, if you notice an unexplained increase in rodents on your property, it may be time to call a plumber. 

2. Higher than Normal Water Bill

A spike in your fees from the water company can be an indication that you need your sewage system replaced. If you noticed that you seem to be paying more money for the same amount of water, this may be a sign that your pipes are damaged or leaking. Consult with a plumbing professional if this applies to you. 

3. Noticeable Wet Spots on Landscape 

Do you ever notice wet spots or puddles on your property even though it hasn’t rained? This may be a sign that your sewage system needs servicing. Especially in the case in which they emit a foul odor, unexplained wet spots on your property are almost always an indication of a bigger problem.

4. Foul Smelling Standing Water 

One of the most obvious and unpleasant side effects of a malfunctioning sewer system is an offensive odor that seems to be stemming from standing water on your property. You should never be able to smell the raw sewage as it travels from your home. If you notice a foul odor coming from the lawn or other areas of the home, it is definitely time to consult with a professional. 

5. Various Plumbing Fixtures Clogged 

Although drains obviously get clogged from time to time, having multiple clogged drains for an unexplained reason can be a sign that your sewer system needs replacing. This is due to the fact that failing sewage systems have the tendency to become clogged in areas unreachable by the average homeowner. Rather than attempting to fix these issues yourself, consult with a plumbing professional you can trust. 

6. Unexplained Gurgling Noise Coming from Drain

Have you noticed noises coming from your drain or pipes? This is definitely a sign that your sewage system needs some special attention. A well-functioning pipe system will make very little noise, if at all. If you can hear water struggling to make it down the pipes, this is a sign that you may have some sort of blockage or another issue that requires maintenance.

7. Varying Levels of Toilet Water 

Although toilets can be a bit unpredictable, if you notice that the water levels seem to be randomly rising or falling, this is a sign that your sewage system needs repair. Especially in the case in which your toilet does this repeatedly without being used, consult with a plumbing professional if you have concerns about your toilet water. 

8. Intrusion of Tree Roots 

You may or may not have noticed, but your pipes can easily become clogged by tree roots. One of the most common causes of sewage system-related issues, if you believe you have tree roots in your pipes, it may be time to consult with a professional. 

9. Aged Sewer Line 

If you were made aware of the fact that your sewer lines are a bit older, this is always a sign that your sewage system may need replacing. Depending on the quality of the materials used, sewage systems can last for many decades, but not forever. If you already know your sewage system is a bit dated, it might be time to look into purchasing a new one. 

10. Cracked or Broken Pipes 

Lastly, broken or cracked pipes are a telltale sign that you may need to replace your sewage system. No matter if the damage has occurred due to wear and tear or if something else damaged it, if you have pipes that are cracked or broken, it is likely time to invest in a new sewage system.

Overall, although sewage maintenance can be pricey, it is also worth its weight in gold. No matter how nice or grand the home may be, it will immediately lose value if it has a faulty sewer system in need of repair. If your home is experiencing any of the above issues, contact a professional immediately to avoid further damages. 

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8 Ways to Save Money on Water Bills

8 Ways to Save Money on Water Bills

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Utility bills are a fact of life, but you do have control over how much you put out each month. If you are paying a water bill, you know that costs can get surprisingly high. Water isn’t cheap, and in some locations, it’s quite expensive. If you are a growing family that takes showers, does multiple loads of laundry weekly and waters the lawn, you likely have a water bill that’s higher than you would like. You might think there’s not much you can do about it, but there are strategies that can help you significantly reduce your water bill. Here are eight ways to do it:

There are two keys to using less water: Equipment and habits. While changing habits takes work, it doesn’t involve buying or replacing anything, it just requires vigilance on your part. As far as equipment goes, most are a one-time purchase that will pay for themselves quickly by helping you save big on water bills. 

1. Saving Money In The Bathroom

Your current toilet, shower and faucets may be using up to 41 gallons per person, per day. This is a significant use of resources. You can lessen this by replacing your toilet with a low-flow toilet and shower head, and more efficient faucets. These improvements will pay for themselves over time, and will consume far less water.

Bonus tip: Take shorter showers,  you can save several gallons of water by trimming 5 minutes off your shower time. 

2. In The Laundry Room

Upgrading your washing machine to an energy-efficient model can save a significant amount of water. A certified energy-star model may use up to 50% less water than your current model. This is a huge difference, and these newer models perform better, as well.

Bonus Tip: Washing clothes when they aren’t dirty is a common occurrence. Many articles of clothing can be worn more than once, and towels can be reused, as well.

3. Saving Money While Washing Dishes

Ideally, your home has a dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand uses considerably more water than using the dishwasher. An Energy Star dishwasher will save about 30% more water than a conventional dishwasher, and ends up being about 80% more efficient than washing dishes by hand. If you have to wash dishes by hand, don’t just let the water run. This is probably one of the biggest water wasters. Fill the sink with water, and fill a clean tub for rinsing.

4. Saving Money In The Yard

Your outdoor watering habits could be costing you the most. Evaluating the water used for maintaining your lawn and landscaping could result in big savings. It’s estimated that up to 55% of your water is used outdoors. 

You can take steps to reduce this. One option is to work with a landscape designer to create a more water-friendly outdoor space. This may include installing a more efficient drip system that waters the base of the plants instead of simply dousing the foliage. Much of the water used in sprinkler systems simply evaporates or blows away. Tearing out lawns and replacing them with indigenous plants and low-maintenance landscaping can drastically cut your water consumption.

5. Greywater Reuse Options

Water used in your household can be recycled. Examples of greywater include shower, faucet and even laundry water that can be used for toilet flushing. This happens via a sanitary pipe that keeps the water separated from city potable water pipes and runs it to your toilets. This method can save up to 7,000 gallons of city-supplied potable water per year. 

6. Consider Stormwater Reuse

An alternative to greywater reuse is stormwater reuse. This is an easier option that involves collecting stormwater via rooftop drums that can collect and distribute water for landscaping irrigation. There are more sophisticated systems as well, and this may be a good option depending on the rainfall in your area.

7. Radiant Heating Systems

Newer radiant heating systems are being developed to use water more efficiently. These close-looped systems use less water and thus save you money. As it is, radiant floor heating tends to be more energy efficient than baseboard heaters etc. You lose less heat through ducts and out the window. Newer systems have even more energy-saving features. Closed systems recirculate water to heat your home more efficiently, and use less water. 

8. Improved Water Meters

New water meters have been developed that can detect leaks and give you detailed information on your water usage that can help you change habits and use less water. Smart meter technology can save you money by detecting leaks that can be draining water and increasing your bill. Smart meters are also more sensitive than traditional water meters. They allow you to see where the majority of your water is going, and empower you to use water more efficiently.

There are multiple ways to save water on a daily basis. While replacing fixtures and appliances may initially cost you money, these are short-term expenses that will only save you money in the long run. Not only that, but you will be conserving water, one of our most precious resources. Check into local conservation programs that may assist with things like appliance replacement and landscaping services designed to save water. You may be able to get assistance for energy-saving expenses.

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7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

7 Common Signs That You Need a Holiday Drain Cleaning

  • Plumbing
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Clogged drains can be a frustrating nuisance, but having a dirty drain during the holidays could mean bursting pipes in your home. The winter season already puts enough strain on your plumbing, freezing your pipes and wearing down your water heater. No homeowner wants a home flooded from a burst pipe, which is why it’s important to keep your drains clear this holiday season.

When You Should Clean Your Drains

Plumbing problems can be frustrating, and a dirty drain can disrupt your daily activities. It might be tempting to overlook one clogged drain, but a clog left untreated can result in costly damages. Your plumbing is complicated, but you can avoid most plumbing catastrophes by thoroughly cleaning your drains and routine maintenance. The more you clean your drains, the better, as it never hurts to be proactive with your plumbing. Clogs however, can happen despite how often you clean your drains, which is why it’s important to know the warning signs of a dirty drain. To prepare your drains this holiday season, here’s what to watch for.

  • Water starts to back up. When using the faucet, bathtub, or shower, the water should always drain. Water should never go up your drains, but if you notice after flushing a toilet or running the faucet that water starts to back up versus drain down, it could be a clogged drain.
  • Foul odors. One of the most unpleasant warning signs of a clogged drain is the foul odor of sewage. A drain that’s clogged accumulates all the waste that’s flushed down the drains until the odors come back out the drains. Kitchens with garbage disposal can also be notorious for foul sewage odors, especially when enough food particles build up inside your drains.
  • Odd sounds. Listen carefully to your drains. When a drain is blocked, water is then forced through small spaces or to change course which can result in bubbling or gurgling sounds. If you start to hear odd gurgling sounds from your drain, it’s time to clean your drains. 
  • Frequent clogs. Clogs can be a common plumbing problem, but if they happen often enough, it could be caused from a clogged drain. Some clogs can be resolved with a plunger or drain cleaner, but if you notice the same fixture keeps clogging regardless, you’ll need a plumber to professionally clean your drains.
  • Multiple clogs at the same time. Not all clogs require calling in a plumber, but multiple clogs at once is problematic. If you notice multiple different fixtures have clogged all at once, it means there is a clog deeper inside your sewer line and requires a professional drain cleaning.
  • Slow drains. A slow drain is one of the most common signs of a clogged drain, as no water fixture should have a slow drain. Watch your sinks and water appliances. If you notice it takes more time than usual to drain the sink or your washer or dishwasher is still full after the cycle, it’s time to clean your drains.
  • Fruit or drain flies. Any buildup of food or waste inside your drains will attract flies. Tiny fruit flies are more than just an annoying pest; they can become a health risk, and are usually attracted to the scent of a clogged drain. Drain flies are another pest to watch out for, as they like to breed in drains and sewer lines. If your home has some clogged drains, you might start to notice drain flies buzzing in your bathroom.

How to Clean Your Drains and Keep Them Clogged Free

Knowing when to clean your drains is a good place to start, but it’s best to start habits that keep your drains clean and prevent future clogs. A clogged drain left untreated can result in costly plumbing problems, but luckily they can be avoided with proper care and cleaning practices. Here’s what you can do to keep your drains clean this holiday season.

  • Avoid chemical drain cleaners. Although chemical drain cleaners can be an easy and instant fix for some clogs, they’re incredibly toxic and eat at your pipes over time. There are several non-toxic drain cleaners available such as vinegar and baking soda, which work naturally well to eliminate odors and flush down any stuck waste.
  • Avoid flushing down food waste. Garbage disposals are great if you have them, but contrary to what you might think, you only want a minimum amount of food waste going down there. Most foods will clog your drains and break down the blades. Kitchen sinks without a garbage disposal are even less equipped to handle any food waste that goes down the drain. Do your best to avoid flushing food down by scraping and rinsing your plates. Avoid flushing down fats, greases, oils, and starchy foods.
  • Use drain strainers. It’s not just food waste that clogs your drains, but hair, soap scum, and other random debris. This is why it helps to place drain strainers on top of your drains. Make sure to periodically clean out your drain strainers so that your drains can drain properly.

Keep Your Holidays Fun and Festive with Clean Drains

A clog can be a frustrating plumbing problem, but the winter season adds the additional threat of your pipes freezing. No homeowner wants a flooded home in the dead of winter; that’s why it’s important to keep your drains clean and clear this holiday season. Not all clogs, however, can be cleaned yourself, and that’s where the professionals come in. A licensed plumber can treat your drains and guarantee your holidays stay dry and happy. Don’t wait until you smell sewage, call a plumber today for a holiday drain cleaning. 

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable drain cleaning at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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5 Simple Ways to Take It Easy On Your Garbage Disposal this Holiday

5 Simple Ways to Take It Easy On Your Garbage Disposal this Holiday

  • Plumbing
garbage disposal

A garbage disposal is a great appliance to have. But contrary to popular belief, most waste should never go down your garbage disposal. Unfortunately, plumbing problems can be common, and your disposal system is no exception. Like any appliance, your garbage disposal needs routine cleaning and maintenance to function properly. A garbage disposal is a great appliance to have, but contrary to popular belief, most waste should never go down your garbage disposal. Unfortunately, plumbing problems can be common, and your garbage disposal is no exception, especially with many of us in our kitchens lovingly crafting delicious holiday meals. Like any appliance, your garbage disposal needs routine cleaning and maintenance to function properly. 

How You Can Prevent a Busted Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal helps to prevent clogging by breaking down food waste into smaller pieces, but it can easily be overwhelmed with food, grime, or a lone spoon. A garbage disposal can easily break down without proper maintenance, as it has several parts susceptible to damage. To ensure your kitchen drain is clog free, here are five simple ways to take it easy on your garbage disposal.

  • Mind what you put down the disposal. A good rule of thumb is to avoid flushing down as much food waste as possible, as most foods are notoriously bad for your garbage disposal. Fats, oils, and greases harden with cold water and can easily cause a blockage inside your drain. Avoid starchy foods such as pasta or rice, as they soak up water and expand inside your pipes. Stringy fruits and vegetables can wear down the blades by wrapping themselves around the blades. Hard items that you can’t break down with your teeth, such as bones and seeds, should never go down your disposal either.
  • Clean often. Being mindful of what you flush down the disposal is important, but so is routine cleaning. Frequently cleaning your garbage disposal helps to ensure the blades and drain are clear of any obstructing materials. One of the best methods to clean the system is flushing it down with some vinegar and baking soda. Never use any cleaning chemicals such as bleach or a chemical drain cleaner, as they can help harden grease and eat through your plumbing.
  • Grind thoroughly. Whatever does get flushed down the disposal should have adequate time for grinding. Make sure with every use that you run the disposal long enough to avoid any leftover food waste that can sit and cake over time. Flushing down ice cubes and citrus peels is a good way to maintain the blades.
  • Flush after use. Another easy trick to avoid clogging is by flushing enough water after every use. Make sure to flush some water down with the food waste when the disposal is in use to help push the waste down. Running water down the drain after using the disposal for a few seconds helps to ensure nothing remains on the blades or just inside the drain. It’s best to flush food down with cold water; it hardens the food waste, making it easier for the blades to break it down.
  • Turn off your disposal before any action. Garbage disposals can be a safety hazard, which is why you should always make sure it’s off before taking any action. Never stick your hand down the disposal. Use tongs or pliers if you need to pull something out.

The Warning Signs of a Damaged Garbage Disposal

Accidents happen, no matter how well you’ve maintained your garbage disposal. Knowing when it’s time to call in a plumber however, can be tricky. Your plumbing can be complicated, but the good news is that there are plenty of clues if the problem is with your garbage disposal. If your garbage disposal is damaged, it’s best to act quickly. If you think it’s time for a repair, here are a few warning signs to watch out for.

  • It’s tripping your circuit breaker. Garbage disposals use a lot of wattage which means that ,when in use, you may experience some flickering lights or a slight power surge. If, however, your garbage disposal starts to trip the circuit breaker, there could be a wiring issue with either the disposal or your home’s electrical panel.
  • It makes loud, unusual noises. If something is wrong, you’ll definitely hear it, as the sound of metal on metal is very unpleasant. Loud, unusual noises are usually an indicator of a loose part or damaged part, and require urgent repair. 
  • It’s leaking. Unfortunately, a leaking garbage disposal can mean the entire unit needs to be replaced, especially if there is a crack in the disposal itself. Watch out for signs of a leak, such as any dark or wet spots on the floor and cabinets.
  • It’s not working, period. The most obvious sign of a damaged systemis when it stops working entirely. The good news is that most disposal issues are easy fixes which rarely require an entire replacement.

Your Garbage Disposal Works Hard Enough

A disposal is a fantastic kitchen appliance and it deserves proper care and maintenance. No homeowner wants to deal with the cost of replacing the garbage disposal, especially when it can be avoided. Keeping your kitchen drain clear and clean sometimes requires the help of a licensed plumber. Stay clog-free by treating your disposal right. Call a plumber to inspect your plumbing today.

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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10 Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

10 Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

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Most of us forget our homes conceal intricate plumbing systems. We expect our home plumbing to function as designed. Yet it is possible to improve home plumbing efficiency with some proactive measures. The tips outlined below just might prevent a nasty problem from rearing its ugly head down the line in the form of a broken plumbing fixture that must be repaired or replaced. Abide by the advice set forth in this article and you will rest easy knowing you’ve done your part to prevent frustrating and costly home plumbing problems.

Why These Plumbing Tips and Tricks Matter

Before digging into the nitty-gritty of home plumbing advice, it is prudent to explain why the average homeowner should take heed of such knowledge. Incorporating the wisdom outlined below has the potential to ward off repairs and replacements, decrease your utility bills and extend the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures and appliances. After all, a home plumbing system that is neglected will eventually decrease in performance across time. You can do your part to prevent time-consuming and expensive plumbing problems by taking matters into your own hands with the relatively minor tricks and tips explained below.

1. Water Heater Maintenance

An annual inspection of your water heater will ensure that it is operating at peak capacity. This maintenance session will also guarantee that the water heater doesn’t have any flaws that could lead to plumbing problems. Furthermore, maintenance gives a water heater aficionado the chance to tune up the unit and ensure everything is in proper working order.

2. Avoiding Liquid Drain Cleaners

Though it is tempting to pour liquid drain cleaners down your drains, doing so could create some plumbing nightmares. Heat is generated due to the fact that the majority of liquid drain cleaners function by generating a chemical reaction within the drain pipe. This heat can cause some nasty damage to the pipe. The chemicals will rest on the clogged area, creating the potential to weaken or even melt the pipe. When in doubt, do not hesitate to call a plumber to rectify the problem.

3. Maintaining Gutters so That They Don’t Lead to Leaking and Flooding

Your gutters matter a great deal when it comes to preventing costly, time-consuming water-related problems. Be sure to maintain and check your gutters on a regular basis to ensure they are completely clear. Clogged gutters are more likely to generate a backlog of water that has the potential to cause flooding and leaks.

4. Insulating Your Water Heater

One of the best ways to save money in the context of home plumbing is to maintain the water heater. Insulate your water heater and you will save a considerable amount of money. Even if the insulation decreases the water heater’s temperature by a few degrees, you will enjoy some nice savings over time. Do not let your water heater reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Insulating a water heater can even be as simple as applying a water-heater blanket. This insulation will allow for minimal energy to be used when warming water each time a faucet is turned on.

5. Investigating and Addressing any Water Pressure Problems

If you notice any water pressure problems, do not neglect them! Water pressure problems can spiral out of control to the point that they devolve into uber-expensive repair or replacement projects that eat into your savings. Have a professional plumber examine your home plumbing’s nuances and allow him to implement the proper solution. This way, you’ll remedy the water pressure issue before it creates an even more serious problem.

6. Investigate and Address Poorly Smelling Drains

If you notice any of your home’s drains emit an odor, don’t let it slide. An odorous drain is a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing. Drainage systems are engineered in a manner that should prevent venting within the home. Perhaps there is an issue with the water trap. Maybe there is a design flaw or a venting problem. Lean on a professional plumber for an accurate diagnosis and repair.

7. Maintain/Tune up Your Washing Machine, Dishwasher, and any Major Plumbing Appliances Before it’s Too Late

Scheduling a tune up of your washing machine, dishwasher and other main appliances once a year will greatly reduce the odds of a costly breakdown. These machines become less efficient as time progresses. A tune up will improve their performance, heighten efficiency and possibly even ward off a repair or replacement that busts your budget.

8. Installing Drain “Strainers” in Kitchen Sink Drain and Shower Drain

Strainers aren’t only for pasta. Use strains in your kitchen sink and shower and you’ll prevent a buildup of hair that clogs your drains. No one wants to deal with a clog so be proactive by relying on a strainer that collects hair and other gunk before it can create an extremely frustrating and costly problem.

9. Check Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet can waste a ton of water and consequently, your hard-earned money. Take a look at your toilet flapper to determine if there is a leak. If a leak exists, it will repeatedly spur the fill valve to send water to the tank. You can test the toilet flapper by dropping some food coloring in the tank. Let it rest idle for half an hour. Then check the toilet bowl. If the bowl is colored with the same hue as the food coloring, there is a leak. It might be possible that debris or other sediment has accumulated around the flapper. Dislodge this debris before committing to replacing the toilet flapper. 

10. Stop any Leaky Appliances

Leaky appliances create annoying noises and set you back financially. A dripping faucet has the potential to waste upwards of 15 gallons worth of water per day. There is no sense in paying for that water when you get no use from it. Remedying leaky appliances has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars on your annual water bill. Reach out to a professional plumber to fix the leak and you’ll save plenty of money in the long run. 

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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Getting to Know Your Plumbing System

Getting to Know Your Plumbing System

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How often do you really think about breathing? Unless you’re out of breath or you can’t catch your breath, probably not much. It’s just something your body does automatically without you focusing on it.

Your plumbing system is the same way. It just works quietly in the background, doing its job. Just like sudden shortness of breath though, you don’t really pay much attention to your plumbing until there’s an issue. It’s only then you realize that you don’t really understand much about your plumbing system and have no idea how to fix whatever the issue may be.

It’s best not to wait until that point. You may be in a panic, so you’ll call the first plumber you can find and schedule them immediately. As a result, you may be inundated with extra charges, like emergency fees. Yes, your plumbing system is fixed (for now), but at what cost?

Why Many Homeowners Avoid Their Plumbing Systems

When most people think of their plumbing system, they think of their toilet, and who really wants to go into the toilet? No one. However, by ignoring the plumbing and pretending it’s working fine when it’s leaking, the pipes are straining, or there’s some other issue, a homeowner is doing themselves a huge disservice.

There are a multitude of issues that can crop up if a homeowner ignores their ailing plumbing system for too long:

  • The high costs of emergency calls to a local plumber.
  • The high costs of a monthly energy bill.
  • Contacting a local plumber at the first sign of trouble because a homeowner can’t discern between minor and serious plumbing issues.

Even though it was likely an issue the homeowner could have fixed themselves had they familiarized themselves with their plumbing system, they didn’t know that, so they spent money unnecessarily anyway. These small fixes add up over time.

Remember that leak we mentioned before? Yes, it starts as a leak, but eventually the pipe will burst, flooding the home with stinky, backed-up water. That could be hugely expensive and catastrophic for a home. Whole rooms might have to be ripped out and redone completely, which is both time-intensive and very costly. 

Parts of the Plumbing System: The Basics

Okay, so you’re definitely ready to learn more about your plumbing system now. Start with the various parts. Here are some to know:

  •  The water main valve – This controls water flow.
  • The cut-off valve – This controls the sink, toilet, washer, etc.
  • The water meter – This can give you a read on the overall system’s health.
  • The water pressure regulator – Like the water meter above, this lets the homeowner know their water pressure levels. 
  • Valves for gas, electricity, and heated water – These control those resources and can be turned on and off as needed. 

The sewer and water lines connect outside, often underground, and act as a means for water to travel to and from the house. Contact the local water company to ask about where your water comes from. Take some time to take off the toilet lid and get to know what’s inside. Do the same with your septic system if you have one.

The Benefits of Learning How a Plumbing System Works

Yes, this is a lot to remember and a lot of work, and it’s not very pretty work, either. However, by learning more about your plumbing system, you’re doing your family and your home a big favor. Here’s why.

  • You can make an informed decision about whether your plumbing system is energy-efficient. If it’s not, you can get it replaced or upgraded so it is, which can save you in monthly utility and energy bills.
  • You won’t have to worry about pipes bursting and creating massive leaks in the house. At the first sign of a small leak, you’ll know what to do. That means you can rely on your local plumber less, which also keeps money in your pocket.
  • You’ll feel safer, and you’ll be happy that your family is safe, too. You can go to bed at night knowing your home’s secure. You can’t put a price on that kind of feeling.

You know what to do. Although it’s not a glamorous job, by taking some time to understand how your toilet, septic tank, and plumbing system works, you’re prolonging the life of this system, saving money, preventing leaks, and learning to be handier around the house to boot. Although often ignored, your plumbing system is a crucial part of your home’s structure, and it’s one that will pay back dividends once you familiarize yourself with it.

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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How Long Is My Water Heater Lifespan?

How Long Is My Water Heater Lifespan?

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A good system can keep your water hot and your home comfortable for years and years. But how long exactly? That’s a bit of a complicated question that depends on a lot of factors. And knowing those factors is especially important when you’re buying a new heater in and of itself. While there’s never a hard and fast number on how many years a given system will last, there are a few factors you can control that will ensure your heater keeps on keeping on for years to come. 

Product 

You want the best of the best for your home. You don’t want any subpar products installed. Why should your water heater be any different? It isn’t. A high-quality product means exactly that: it will hold up over time, meaning fewer visits from service technicians in the long run. The money you spend to install a high end product will end up back in your pocket in the long run.

Upkeep

Are you the “Set it and forget it” type? You’re not going to want to take that strategy if you want a long-lasting water heater. Maintenance really is the name of the game when it comes to making sure your heater lasts. Because these appliances are constantly working and providing a benefit for you and your home, it needs to be looked at — just like your car! Without proper care, you could be cutting the lifespan of your water heater down by a few years. Just like you need to change the oil on your car, you need to keep up with your heater to ensure you get the most out of it. 

Install Quality

We love saving money as much as the next guy. But cheaper isn’t always the best option. A less-than-perfect installation job can prove harmful to your water heater. A poorly installed heater can even damage your home. You want to feel secure when dealing with your home’s health — and we can make it happen. With an installation that isn’t as up to par, it could mean your unit underperforms and suffers from premature failure.

Since 1999, we’ve been providing high-quality plumbing at reasonable rates. Through hard work coupled with a combination of outstanding leadership, experienced plumbers, and a clear vision for the future, America’s Plumbing Co. has been able to provide clients with the top-quality affordable plumbing at a price you can afford. Drains, toilets, faucets, garbage disposals, sinks, and water heaters are just a few of our areas of expertise. Call America’s Plumbing Co. today to learn more about our services!

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