Plumbing Tips from My Plumber

Plumbing Tips from My Plumber

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 there is plumbing in the garage. The cold and draft can freeze water lines in minutes. Pipes located in unheated basements or garages should be insulated with a commercial covering. When pipes are laid underground they should be below the frost line to prevent freezing.

Heater TipsBack/TopGAS WATER HEATERS:1-Noisy gas water heater ?Rumbling, pounding and other noise when a water heater is in operation is usually due to accumulation of sediment and scale. The build up of scale resulting from mineral deposits trap small amounts of water under them. When the heat from the gas burner changes these trapped pockets of water to steam they break open causing the annoying popping sounds. In addition to being annoying, they can also shorten the life span of the water heater. The sediment can also insulate the heat transference from the burner to the tank causing the burner to have to run longer to adequately heat the water efficiently and cost effectively. If the tank is not periodically drained and flushed, the sediment will continue to accumulate and possibly clog the drain valve. This may also result in the thermostat bulb being immersed in sediment causing inadequate temperature regulation. Simple care and maintenance will keep both you and your water heater happy. Another noise associated with gas water heaters is a pinging or sizzling noise. Condensation is the most likely cause although a leak could be possible. Condensation forms on the sides of the tank and flue ways when the tank fills for first time after installation. The condensation may also occur during peak hot water usage or when the inlet cold water temp is unusually cold during seasonal periods.

The condensation is not unusual and will disappear after water heater temperature has satisfied. If problem persists, check inlet and outlet connections to the heater and the temperature/pressure relief valve connection also. Check the jacket by opening the access door to the burner assembly to see if the insulation is wet or dripping. Back/TopFirst check to insure that gas is on to water heater. If gas valve is on and gas is on to house, check to see if pilot light is lit to water heater. If pilot is not lit, refer to operating manual for instructions to light pilot. If pilot is lit and water heater still is not lighting it is best to call you local licensed plumber or qualified gas contractor to further check. Your home is a large investment. Protect it.

Don’t be ” PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH” Protect your life investment. Use only licensed and insured contractors. When you use a friend of a friend you frequently find your list of friends shrinking. Back/Top1- grind food waste with moderate flow of water Grind peelings from citrus fruits to freshen up your drain Flush disposal to allow for cleaning allow disposal & water to run after grinding or dumping dish water. Use a disposal cleaner or degreaser or deodorizer as needed Disposal don’ts1-do not use hot water when grinding food waste. It is ok to drain hot water between grinding periods.2- do not turn off motor or water until grinding is completed3- do not grind fibrous material like corn husks, artichokes, onion skins, celery, etc to avoid possible drain blockage5-never overload the grinding chamber as this can overload the motor and cause it to stopBack/TopTo fix a jammed disposal:1-turn off disposal!!!! It is very important that electrical on/off switch is off!!!!!!!2-turn off the water if it is still running3-Using the service wrench that came w/ disposal or a 8 inch allen wrench, insert it into whole in center of disposal bottom & turn back and forth in both directions until it turns freely in complete circles4-remove whatever was jammed in the disposal by using a pair of tongs5-locate the red reset button on the bottom of your disposal. If the button does not click then breaker did not trip. You should be in business.

Top1- Extend the life of your hand held kitchen sink faucet sprayer or tub/ shower faucet hand held sprayer by flushing with cold water after using hot water. Whenever possible avoid letting hot water stand in spray hose for extended periods of time. This will greatly increase the life of your spray hose2- For safety purposes never set your thermostat on your water heater above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures in excess of 120 degrees greatly increase the risk of scalding, especially in children and the elderly members of your household. If higher temps are wanted for particular areas of the house a mixing valve or point of use water heaters are options check with your local licensed plumbing contractor to help decide which would be best for your particular situation.3- Prevent your outside hose bib from freeze-up in winter by the following: Remove hose from bib prior to start of your winter season. Turn the shut off valve to the hose bib to the off position. If you presently have a stem type valve or no valve at all, a ball valve with a bleeder is strongly suggested. even if you have a frost proof style hose bib a shut off valve is recommended. The hose must still be removed to prevent hose bib from being damaged. The hose bib can than be left in an open position to allow residual water to drain and to also prevent line from filling with water. In the event that your current valve does not shut off properly if you have faucets in the house that sometimes freeze up during periods of cold, leave the cabinet doors under the faucet open to allow heat to the area. in extreme instances you can let the faucet trickle a small stream of water as moving water is less likely to freeze where possible you can insulate the pipes.

This is suggested if the pipes travel along an outside interior wall. Unfortunately in areas of extreme cold there is no guaranteed method of preventing freezing pipes 100%. If you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time during the cold season, contact your local licensed plumbing contractor to winterize your home prior to leaving.4- unusually high water bills? First check all faucets for obvious drips. You can check your toilets for unseen leaks by placing food coloring in the tank. Without flushing, check the bowl in about 20 minutes. If the bowl watercolor has changed to match the dye color the tank is losing water & costing you $$$$$$$$$. If your water meter is located outside you can shut off main water supply inside you house. After shutting off water supply inside house look to see if you meter is turning outside. If so, you may have an underground leak in you water service. If you believe this is the problem, contact your local water authority & a licensed plumber to check for you.


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