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Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Fall Plumbing Maintenance TipsThe leaves are beginning to change color, the air is cooling to what we Arizonians consider a mild climate, and the days are getting shorter. That can only mean one thing my friends…fall has officially arrived!

As a result of falls arrival, we know that winter isn’t far behind, which means that now is the perfect time to start prepping your homes’ plumbing for cold days and even colder nights.

Why? Because cold weather can play havoc on your plumbing fixtures, which could potentially cause busted pipes and other major plumbing headaches. Headaches that often cause big bucks to relieve…

So, to our loyal readers, we offer the following plumbing maintenance tips and tricks to ensure you don’t put a major dent in your wallet. As temperatures start dipping this fall, it pays to plan ahead, by following these tips and tricks.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Tip #1: Flush the Water Out of Your Plumbing System

To do this, you should first completely turn off your home’s water supply, by either contacting your local water company or doing it yourself (depending on water source). Once the main water supply is turned off, you should proceed to the next step, which is turning on two faucets: one on high and the other on low.

Tip #2: Insulate your Pipes

Insulating your pipes with the right insulation materials (look for high R-values) will keep them from getting to cold. Actually, insulating your pipes throughout the fall and winter will also help avoid the need for water heater repair and reduce your electricity bill, especially if you insulate your hot water heater itself and pipes.

Tip #3: Use Anti-Freeze to Protect

I know what you’re thinking but using RV anti-freeze in areas where water tends to linger is actually one of the best things you can do to help keep said water from freezing. Add anti-freeze to these fixtures: toilet, sink, bathtubs or shower stalls. Do not add it to: drinking systems, dish washer or washing machines.

Tip #4: Hire a Professional Plumber

When you’re prepping your home for the winter months ahead, ensuring your plumbing system is protected becomes one of the most important activities you can do as a homeowner. But if you balk at the idea of handling more detailed plumbing work, you may want to consider hiring a reputable emergency plumber Mesa.

Finding a reputable plumber in your area, such as those employed by A-Peoria Plumbing, can save you time and money. It also means that the job will be completed correctly the first time around. For more information, or to schedule service, contact A-Peoria at (623) 979-7223. We offer FREE estimates!

Plumbing: Past and Present

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

plumbing; past and presentWith the passage of time, comes inevitable change – whether that change is good or bad nobody knows. Yet in the case of plumbing, especially considering in ancient times there was no plumbing, change has been proven to be a very good thing.

Plumbing Timeline

1500 B.C. – Elaborate sewage systems are created by the people of Crete. This included an early rendition of the flushing toilet – can you imagine life without this?

52 A.D. – 220 miles of water channels, aqueducts and pipes are used to deliver water to homes, public wells and baths throughout Europe.

1596 – Sir John Harrington (who just so happened to be Queen Elizabeth’s godson) designs the first flushing toilet, calling it a “prive in perfection.”

1810 – The English Regency shower is invented. Bathers could pump water through a nozzle and into an overhead basin, over and again, for the purpose of showering.

1829 – The Tremont Hotel, which was located in Boston, opens its doors to guest and offers indoor plumbing.

1833 – The White House gets running water! But just on the first floor – the second floor goes without until President Pierce takes office some 20 years later.

1860s – Running water becomes more prevalent, due to Louis Pasteur’s discovery of the perils of bacteria. Large cast iron sinks start making their way into homes.

1885 – Chicago becomes the first city to provide a comprehensive sewage system, although residents were still left without an indoor bathing facility.

1891 – The modern toilet is born thanks, in large part, to Thomas Crapper’s (yes, seriously) patent of a valve-and-siphon design.

1954 – Alex Manoogian envisions and develops the first single-handle washerless ball valve faucet – and Delta™ is born.

1961 – Mr. Bubble is introduced to the American people by Gold Seal Co.; affordable bubble baths become a recreational activity.

1970s – A high-arc kitchen faucet complete with hardware is developed by Delta and becomes part of the interior design conversation.

2005 – Delta introduces us to the first high-flow showerhead that features a water saving technology called H2 Okinetic.

2008 – Delta debuts Touch2O® Technology, which allows users the opportunity to activate their faucet with tap of a wrist.

Have a plumbing related question? Contact A-Peoria Plumbing at (623) 979-7223.

We want to hear from you – our readers: What are your thoughts on the future of plumbing? Feel free to share your input in our comments section below.

Protect Your Health: Test Your Drinking Water for Contaminants!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

drinking water, water qualityWater!  It comprises more than 70% of an adult’s human body and nearly 80% of an infants’.  You need it to live, and in fact, can’t live without it for more than a week whereas you can live without food for a month.

Hopefully, if you’re healthy – and you wish to remain that way – you’re drinking over 2 liters of water per day.  But do you know what type of contaminants, if any, may be lurking within that water?

Understanding Your Water Quality

In Phoenix more than 1.5 million people, within a 540 square-mile radius, are supplied with drinking water from the city itself.  Of which, approximately 95% comes from area lakes and rivers, and the other 5% from groundwater.

All water prior to being delivered to residents goes through a mandated 4-step water treatment process.  A process that has been designed to ensure the highest quality drinking water!  This process includes:

Step 1 – Screening and Presedimentation

Step 2 – Coagulation, Flocculation and Sedimentation

Step 3 – Filtration

Step 4 – Disinfection

But is it safe?  The City of Phoenix, per the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, currently tests their water for more than 100 various contaminants.

But is it safe?  YES!  In fact, each May, the City of Phoenix posts to the web a Water Quality Report that contains pertinent information regarding just how safe your drinking water really is.

Still Suspect Unsafe Drinking Water?

If you suspect your drinking water is unsafe to consume – whether you’re having issues with its taste, odor, color or hardiness – you have several options that are fairly easy and inexpensive to do.

The easiest of which is to have your drinking water, regardless of where it came from, tested for specific contaminants.  Specifically those that have the potential to adversely affect your health including the following contaminates’:

  • Disease Causing Bacteria
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Lead

You can do this by having a professional plumber test the water for you or purchasing a cheap do-it-yourself water quality test kit at your local home improvement store.  You can also opt to purchase a water filter that attaches directly to your kitchen faucet.

Common Causes of Clogged Pipes

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!It is a common issue in any household that drains get clogged. Most of the time the culprit of clogged drains are everyday items that when disposed of correctly can save you from backed up smelly kitchen drains or overflowing soiled toilets. These problems can cause you problems and costly water damage restoration process. But this inconvenient problem is easily preventable and can save you a lot of heartache by taking simple steps to ensure your pipes flow freely and water is drained correctly. In case you need professional help however there is Adelaide home pipe repair service that can help you. You will find below some common causes of clogged pipes and how to prevent them.

Food

So you think that because you have the toughest and most powerful garbage disposal on the market that you can put pretty much anything down there and it will disappear like magic? Wrong. You would be surprised at the everyday food products that should not be put into your garbage disposal. Vegetables that are stringy or fibrous should never go down the disposal. Vegetables of this material tend to get caught in the motor and will eventually clog your drain and possibly lead to a burnt out disposal motor. Also foods that are high in starch should not be put in your kitchen drain. These foods will swell and stick to the pipes slowing and eventually backing up your drain. This is the same for any greases, fats, or heavy gravies. Its better to put these items in a plastic bag and put them in the trash.

Hair

Hair is among the top causes of clogged drains in restrooms. The longer the hair the worse for your drain. Hair is notorious for clumping up in pipes and does so at a slower pace therefore allowing it to thicken and harden making removal extremely difficult. The best way to prevent this is to purchase a hair crumb catcher and install it over your drain. Also remember to regularly clean the hair crumb catcher so that doesn’t become clogged as well.

Paper

The only type of paper that should go down your toilet is toilet paper. Refrain from flushing paper towels and feminine products down the toilet. These products are designed for maximum absorption and when they come in contact with water will expand and immediately cause a clogged drain. Other paper products that should stay away from flushing are cotton balls, per-moistened wipes, and scrub pads. On a side note and one that doesn’t qualify as paper but is a common problem in toilets are kids toys. Things like action figures, barbie dolls, and matchbox cars are often found by plumbers unclogging toilets so if you have little ones it might be a good idea to install a child safety mechanism to prevent lifting of the lid.

Soap

Believe it or not soap can actually clog your drains. The most common form of soap known to clog drains is bar soap. This happens when bar soap combines with hard water to form residue that is left behind on pipes. This residue will build up and restrict flow causing slow drainage of basins and tubs. It is recommended switching to liquid soap or using liquid hand sanitizer which requires no rinsing.

If you ever find yourself with a clogged drain do not hesitate to contact the experts at A-Peoria Plumbing. Remember if you have a drain that is continuously clogging, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.

5 Common Plumbing Myths Busted

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!

The following 5 common plumbing myths share one thing in common – no one knows where they started from – let alone who told them.  At A-Peoria, we wanted to take the time to bust these plumbing myths, in order to ensure you save both time and money. These guys know what they’re talking about when it comes to plumbing.

#1 – Lemon Cleans Your Garbage Disposal – Wrong!  While lemon may make your drain smell better, they are in fact, they aren’t very effective at doing the job of actually cleaning it.  In fact, lemon could cause more damage than its worth, by clogging your sink up and corroding your disposal.  As a Dallas plumber, I learned that ice works nicely to polish your disposal and when life gives you lemons don’t throw them down the drain, check tip #4!

#2 – In-Tank Cleaners Can Save You Time – No matter how much we wish it to be true, or how much cleaning manufactures promote it, there is just no magic way of cleaning your toilet.  Often times, these cleaning agents, are just not worth the expense as their main ingredients are harsh on both your bowl and the environment.  A cup of white vinegar every week works just as good, if not better than, these “magic” cleaning agents.

#3 – Running Water while Using the Disposal – I have to admit I am guilty of this one myself!  However, allowing the faucet to run while using the garbage disposal doesn’t help if you’ve already added the waste, as is often the case in most homes (mine included).  Rather than waste water, you should fill your sink with a 4:1 ration of water to waste, as this allows the separated waste to all too easily flow away.

#4 – Water and Soap Works Can Save You Money – Have you ever found yourself attempting to wash your bathroom or kitchen fixtures with just soap and water?  If you answered yes, you couldn’t inevitably be harming your fixtures!  Even the littlest amount of soap can cause your fixtures to corrode over time.  A safer alternative that will save you money, without damaging effects, is to use lemon juice.

#5 – All Plumbers are the Same – Hold on for just a second there!  Just because a plumber says they’re a plumber doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.  The best plumbers you can hire for your money are the ones that are both licensed and certified; such as the one’s found at A-Peoria.  If you chose the first plumber your Google search brings up, you may found yourself spending more time and money calling another to fix what they failed to fix properly the first time.

Happy New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Happy New Year

We wanted to wish y0u a safe and happy NEW YEAR!

This year has been a year of addition, accomplishments and growth. Our hope is to continue being the leading provider in our industry of Plumbing and Air Conditioning. This next year, 2014, will be an exciting year of new beginnings and new opportunities to serve you and your family. We hope that you have a chance to bring in the new year with friends and family. Relax, have fun and enjoy the beginning of 2014!

If you have any New Years Plumbing or Heating

Happy Holidays

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

happy holidays A-Peoria Plumbing wanted to wish you a very safe and happy Holiday Season! We hope that you get a chance to relax and celebrate with friends and family. We know that having guests visiting or staying at your house means more chances for plumbing problems to arise. Your friends at A-Peoria have done our best to make receiving home plumbing repairs as easy as possible. If an issue does arise, we will gladly help, all you have to do is call us at: 623-979-7223

Or visit us at: A-PEORIA.com

Respect your Garbage Disposal

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

avoid-garbage-disposal-problemsOne of the more common calls that most plumbers get is to repair broken or clogged garbage disposals. But with a little care and proper maintenance, garbage disposal problems are easily avoided.

The main problem with a garbage disposal is the temptation to just shove any food scraps left over down the drain. But there are definitely certain food types that should not be discarded through the garbage disposal. Here are a few items we suggest putting in the trash as opposed to the sink:

  • Any fibrous material like corn husks, celery stalks, onion skins, certain vegetables, and artichokes. Fibers from these can tangle and jam the garbage disposal motor and block drains.
  • Potato peels should be put in the trash. The starches in the potatoes will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick if put into a garbage disposal.
  • Expandable foods, such as pasta and rice, should not be put into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Large bones should be avoided. While small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc create a scouring action that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls, large bones will simply damage the blades and create greater problems.
  • Avoid putting coffee grounds down the drain.
  • Grease or fat should never be poured into the garbage disposal. Grease and fat will eventually congeal and cause greater problems for your disposal and drains.

If you should experience problems with a clogged or jammed garbage disposal, give the professional plumbers at A-Peoria a call. NEVER put your hand or tools into a garbage disposal unless it is disconnected from its power source.

What Not to Flush

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

One of the more common calls we receive is to clear clogged sewer lines and toilets. We’ve discovered that most of these situations could have been avoided by practicing a little common sense before flushing things down the toilet. Other items should not be flushed as they can be harmful to the environment. Today we’ll share a list of items that commonly are discarded by flushing but shouldn’t be:

  • Disposable Diapers
  • Tampons and Tampon Applicators
  • Cotton Balls and Cotton Swabs
  • Cleaning Wipes of any kind (including Swiffer floor wipes!)
  • Mini or Maxi Pads
  • Condoms
  • Facial Tissue
  • Paint or Chemicals
  • Poisons and hazardous waste
  • Fats or Grease
  • Old Medications
  • Cigarette Butts
  • Paper Towels
  • Goldfish or other small pets
  • Newspaper
  • Socks or Clothes

Basically we all know what a toilet is for. So use it, don’t abuse it, and stay free from clogs!

Low Water Pressure? Hire A Sun City Plumber!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Sun City PlumberExperiencing low water pressure is an all too common complaint for a Sun City Plumber. Water just trickling down doesn’t cut it for an efficient shower. Experiencing a lower volume of water coming from your shower head doesn’t always indicate low pressure. Unless there is an issue with your connection to the municipal water supply, the problem with your plumbing issue  more likely lies somewhere else.

The culprit is most likely in your plumbing valves or the pressure regulators.  Or perhaps a pipe could very well be blocked or broken and leaking. Debris, like algae can enter into your water supply and back things up or a broken pipe may be flushing water out all over your yard. Hiring a Sun City plumber to diagnose the issue is your best bet and A-Peoria Plumbing can help.