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Plumbing Tips from My Plumber occur from a build up of food debris inside your garbage disposal. To eliminate these odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposal and run for about 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water. Back/Top then it is probably due to something restricting the drainage line. Make sure the line FROM the air gap is not sagging or kinked and also that nothing is partially blocking it where it connects to the drain. Back/Top and Reference in association with Back/TopBasic Plumbing Techniques The Water Heater Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Water Heaters Basic Plumbing With Illustrations The Porcelain God : A Social History of the Toilet New Complete Do-It-Yourself
ManualBack/TopBack/TopFrozen plumbing pipes, although inconvenient, do not constitute a calamity. The calamity may come if the pipes are thawed with a blow torch, and if the open flame or the torch is allowed to come too close to combustible material, such as insulation, wooden joists or flooring. Another danger from the use of a torch arises when both ends of a pipe are clogged with ice and when the heat is applied in the center. The application of the heat of the torch at the center of the pipe is likely to cause the water to flash into steam potentially causing an explosion with disastrous results for the user of the torch. It is far better to adopt the slower and more conservative procedure of melting ice by the use of a blow dryer, or heat gun.

Back/Top Before the cold freezing weather sets in, make sure that all the garden hoses outside your home are disconnected. Failing to do so can cause not only the hose but also the hose bib to which it is connected, to freeze and be damaged. This is especially important with anti-freeze hydrants. The hose must be disconnected to make the faucet freeze-proof. Failure to do so will trap water in the faucet body, which then can freeze. If the hose is disconnected, the anti-freeze faucet can properly drain, and this will prevent freezing. Water pipes which are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts should be covered with insulation. Whenever possible it is best to drain systems not being used in severely cold weather.
Small water pipes will freeze quicker than will waste or sewer pipes. Never leave a garage door open in severely cold weather, if …

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