Posts Tagged ‘Plumbing’

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 for heating pump repairs since the original plumber didn’t fix it properly the first time. If you are struggling to find a reliable plumbing contractor in San Diego, contact THA Heating, Air, and Plumbing Inc.

Installing Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Don't allow water to go out the drain!The conservation of water is important, especially considering the fact that many states including our own are experiencing the conditions brought about by drought, but so is ensuring you are provided with impressive plumbing performance. Making the switch to low-flow plumbing fixtures can deliver both. But that’s not all! Low-flow plumbing fixtures can also save you money on those dreaded monthly energy bills.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) survey of plumbing service in Plano, households that have purchased and installed low-flow plumbing fixtures, can shave approximately 30 percent off of their indoor water use. This savings additionally correlates into a substantial savings on your monthly water, sewer and energy bills.

In Arizona, roughly 25 percent of the water supply is for municipal use, with most of this being directed towards its 6,626,624 residents. According to Arizona’s Department of Water Resources each resident uses roughly 100 gallons per day. That means we’re using 662,622,400 gallons per day! Shocking, isn’t it? For more information on Arizona’s water conservation efforts, please click here.

Over the past few years, installing low-flow plumbing fixtures has become increasingly popular, as they regulate the amount of water being dispensed when a faucet is turned on or when a toilet is flushed. Take for example, shower head adapters that allow you to detect exactly when your shower is ready, without the need to waste water. These shower heads cut flow to a trickle once your shower’s water is warm.

Install Low-Flow Plumbing FixturesWhile installing low-flow shower heads and faucets may be relatively easy for any DIY homeowner, there are other plumbing upgrades including replacing your toilet, which should be left to the professionals at A-Peoria Plumbing. If you would like assistance in selecting the best low-flow plumbing fixtures in order to conserve Arizona’s water for future generations, please feel free to contact us at (623) 979-7223.

Testing The Quality of Water in Your Home

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Arizona Water QualityWe hear more and more stories of water supplies being contaminated with toxins, bacterias, and pesticides which may lead you to ask, ‘how is the water quality in my home?’. Well there are a few ways to check your water quality.

One way to check is with a home water quality test kit. These kits are relatively cheap and easy to use. However, many sites warn that while the test strips will give you an idea of what is in your water, they don’t actually represent the full story.

Water quality reports is another way to check the water quality in your area. In most states, water suppliers provide consumer confidence reports that will give you information on where your water comes from and what may be in your water. The EPA’s website provides helpful links to these reports (Arizona – http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/az.cfm).

A third method recommended by the EPA is to have a state certified laboratory check the quality of your water. List’s of state certified labs are also available on the EPA’s website at http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/labcert/statecertification.cfm.

One thing to note is that if you have a private well, you are responsible for the water quality. Here is a helpful link if you happen to have a private well. http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/index.cfm

Lastly, the EPA recommends being prepared in case of an emergency. Major storms and other incidents can affect the water supply, so if you live in an area prone to disasters, it’s suggested you store a 3-day water supply per person in your home.

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.

Arizona Plumbing Maintenance

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Drains

Pour Bleach directly in the drains (all except for the kitchen as Bleach can damage the kitchen garbage disposal), wait for approximately 15 minutes followed by flushing with warm water. For the kitchen sink drain, a mix of vinegar and baking soda (equal parts) will suffice. Follow with some lemon juice for a deodorizer. These procedures will help prevent any future Arizona plumbing catastrophes.

Plumbing

Bathroom Toilet

Maintain toilet lines by using an active bacteria and enzyme-based product. Follow the manufacturer’s directions however this process may take several hours or even overnight in order to achieve preferred results.

Should you run into any plumbing emergencies, A- Peoria provides 24 hour emergency plumbing services! 623.979.7223

 

How To Hire A Plumber: Pricing

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Pricing

Compare prices, but remember the cheapest quote isn’t necessarily the best plumber for the job. An experienced, qualified plumber may charge more for the work, but could save you money in the end by doing the job right and using the best materials.

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Courtesy of ARA Content

Originally Posted @  http://www.homeownernet.com/plumbing-how-to/hire_plumber.html

How To Hire A Plumber: Clean Up

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Clean Up

Ask the plumber how he or she intends to leave the work area once the job is completed. You don’t want to be cleaning up after a plumber for hours after they’ve left your home. Also, ask about disruption during the project. For instance, if the plumber uses CPVC pipe, you won’t have to worry about metal/copper filings to pick up or oil that may spill on your carpet and flooring.

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Courtesy of ARA Content

Originally Posted @  http://www.homeownernet.com/plumbing-how-to/hire_plumber.html

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 13th, 2012
Happy Mother's Day from everyone at A-Peoria Plumbing! (image via dailysmspk)

Happy Mother's Day from everyone at A-Peoria Plumbing! (image via dailysmspk)

How to Hire a Plumber: Questions To Ask

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Questions to Ask

When you have narrowed the list, ask two or three plumbers to your home to survey the job and provide a written estimate that includes a materials list. The contract should spell out the scope of the project, any items that are excluded and the payment terms.

When obtaining a quote, one of the most important questions to ask your plumber is the type of materials to be used. Remember, a plumbing part defect has the potential to cause water damage to your home or create an indoor swimming pool in what once was your basement. Look for:

Quality Materials

Reliability and Proven Performance

 

In addition to inquiring about quality materials, other questions to ask a potential plumber include:

Length in business/references

Permits

Service Guarantees

Safety Commitment

Clean Up

Pricing

 

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623-979-7223

Courtesy of ARA Content

Originally Posted @  http://www.homeownernet.com/plumbing-how-to/hire_plumber.html