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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.

Colepepper plumbing is a local san diego plumbing company, and they were kind of enough to let us borrow their time to discuss this issue in particular. They told us how incorrect use of a garbage disposal can lead to issues with, as well plumbing in general. A lot of times people just employ the garbage disposal as per common knowledge, but actually sometimes that can be considered misuse.

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.

Does Your Home Need A Water Softener?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

water softener apeoria plumbingIn Arizona, hard water can be a real issue for many homeowners. If you notice a large amount of deposits of lime or scale around your faucets or find that your soap and shampoo don’t lather easily, you may want to consider having a water softener installed.

Your first step you will want to take is measuring the hardness of your water. Water hardness is measured in grains per gallon (gpg). Typically, gpg will range between 3-12 gpg (3 being relatively soft, but 12 being very hard – see table). Kits are available for measuring water hardness, or you may want to have a professional come and do it for you. If it’s available, a local water report may provide information on water hardness. You can also get into more detail by finding the amount of specific hard minerals in your water, such as calcium and magnesium.

The next step is determining how much capacity you will need. For that, you will need to determine how much water your household uses daily. The average person uses 75 gallons a day, but that may be less in newer homes. Obviously you will want to multiply the amount by the number of people in your house. (Family of 4 – 75 x 4 = 300 gallons.)

Once you know the amount of water used, multiply this number by the time between regenerations to find a capacity number. Most softener systems are larger – 30,000 grains and up – meaning they’ll require less frequent regeneration. Less frequent regenerations is a great benefit in the long run because it means less salt is used and less money spent. If we included a 30,000 grain-capacity water softener in our scenario, it would need regenerating about every two weeks (or 16 days). With this information, you can choose a water softener with the correct capacity and preferred maintenance cycle for your home.

  • 75 gallons/day/person x 4 people = 300 gallons/day
  • 6 grains hardness x 300 gallons/day = 1800 grains hardness to remove each day
  • 30,000 grain capacity softener ÷ 1800 grains/day = 16 days of use before regeneration

The last step is determining what kind of salt to use. Most water softener manufacturers will suggest the type of salt that is best for their system but it’s good to know the difference. Mainly, there are three types of salt: rock salt, evaporated salt, and solar salt. The higher the sodium chloride in the salt, the more effective the salt is at softening water. Rock salt is the least expensive and contains less sodium chloride. Solar salt contains about %85 sodium chloride, while evaporated salt is the purest at %100.

In instances where someone in your household is on a sodium restricted diet, you may want to consider potassium chloride as the softening agent.

If you have any questions regarding water softeners or would like to have one installed, please contact the professionals at A-Peoria Plumbing.

Do you need to replace your thermostat?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Many homes in the Phoenix-area are over 20 years old and have aging HVAC systems.  Traditionally, the idea was to keep your thermostat set at a constant temperature to make your system work most effectively. But, according to the domestic air conditioning sydney, homeowners can save about $180 a year by changing thermostats to a new, digital, programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings.

Homeowners will often notice some irregularities with regard to their HVAC, such as how hot the house gets before the air conditioner kicks on, or certain rooms hotter or cooler than others. These may be indicators that your thermostat is not operating at peak efficiency and may need to be replaced.

Newer, smart thermostats have many programmable options that older thermostats do not. For example, many new thermostats can be programmed for times when you are at work or school, maximizing energy efficiency. A new thermostat called Nest, dubbed the learning thermostat, can even connect to your wi-fi network, allowing it to programmed via a computer or mobile app.

The positioning of your thermostat can also effect energy cost.  Moving a thermostat to a more central location can help you save money on your energy bill. New thermostats are also more aesthetically pleasing than the old bulky ones so if you are considering redecorating, you can choose a thermostat with a custom designer faceplate to match the decor of the room.

If you have questions regarding the state of your HVAC system, contact A-Peoria today! (602) 979-7223!