Friday, January 19, 2018

Plumber’s Guide on Avoiding Kitchen Clogs

Ways to Keep a Good Working Kitchen Sink

The Kitchen Sink

Kitchen clogs can be a stressor in the kitchen, learn how to avoid it in this blog post. (Photo Credits)

A clogged kitchen sink drain is not an uncommon problem in a household. Again, not uncommon but entirely avoidable, given that the owner uses the sink appropriately.

So what are the ways to avoid to clogging in the kitchen drains?

American Home Shield shared some ways to ensure a properly functional kitchen sink drain.

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"Keep food, coffee grounds and grease out of kitchen drains. Put leftover food in the trash or compost heap, not the garbage disposal. Pour liquid grease into a sealable container. After it cools, put it in the trash or take it to a recycling center. Keep hair and soap scum out of bathroom drains. Cover your tub and shower drains with a mesh screen or a perforated shower drain hair catcher. Either one will collect the hair and let the water run through."

Read more here.

What to avoid getting down the drain

The Daily Mail meanwhile reminded its readers about the stuff that should never go down the drain, if one wants to have a good functioning drain. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"Seeds are far too solid to be ground up, even by a waste disposal unit, according to Putman Plumbing. The same applies to any fruit or vegetable pulp – it's hard to break down and will just stay in your drain and create blockages. HOW TO DISPOSE: If you're cutting up a fruit or vegetable, gather the seeds using a piece of kitchen towel or by picking them out before throwing them away. If they're left on your plate, make sure you scrape them into the bin before washing your plate in the sink."

A/C And HVAC Read about the other food items that should never go down the drain. In Daily Mail's original article here.

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Popular Mechanics meanwhile shared some ways to temporarily remediate clogged drains.

"You're right in the middle of preparing that big Thanksgiving feast, when your kitchen sink chokes on all the grease that you've been allowing to go down the drain. THE QUICK FIX Use a heating pad wrapped around the drain trap (or a hair dryer if you're willing to hold it there) until the metal becomes hot. This will melt the grease and allow you to flush it away with a running stream of hot water."

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Caring about what goes down the kitchen drain will go a long way in terms of avoiding a clogged drainage.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

How to dispose old HVAC Units

Safely get rid of your worn out heating or air conditioning system

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How to properly dispose an old air conditioning unit. (Photo Credits)

Like any home appliance, HVAC Units also have a lifespan. It gets worn-out with being used day in and day out so there really would come a time when it has to be replaced, and disposed of. Plumbing Association of San Diego

But how should a property owner safely deal with disposing an old HVAC Unit?

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a published guideline o9utlining how a unit should be disposed of. It basically says that disposal should be left to the professionals.

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"Whether you are on the job at a construction/demolition site or at a demolition scrapyard or recycling facility, you are likely to encounter refrigeration and air-conditioning (AC) equipment. Refrigeration/AC equipment has historically used refrigerants and/or insulating foam, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which deplete the stratospheric ozone layer and contribute to global climate change."

Download the guidelines here.

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Sustainablog.com meanwhile shed light on the possible scenarios once a household decides to get rid of their worn out HVAC equipment. A/C And HVAC  

"Often, recycling companies will voluntarily retrieve the HVAC unit from your house, and deliver it to an drop-off location. If you choose this option, ensure the recycling vehicle can accommodate large appliances — like cooling towers, chillers or generators — and expel them through environmentally responsibly channels."

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The Spruce meantime shared the many ways to dispose of old air conditioning units. One way, according to them is to ask the supplier of the new HVAC System, if they could dispose the HVAC for replacement.

"When buying a replacement air conditioner, check with the retailer to see if they'll take and dispose of your old model for you. Some merchants may provide this service as part of the sale; others may reduce the cost of your appliance in exchange for a trade-in."

Read the rest of the ways to dispose an HVAC here.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Plumber’s Advice on Water Efficiency in the Bathroom

Conserving Water in the Bathroom

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The bathroom consumes a huge chunk of a household's water usage. (Photo Credits)

Conserving water in the bathroom can do a lot in terms of saving on water bills, and being friendlier to the environment.

More and more households are getting conscious about this because water does not only represent household bills at the end of the month. It is also a finite resource that should be conserved. A/C And HVAC

Earth Easy mentioned several tips on lowering water consumption in the bathroom.

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"If your bathroom was designed before 1992, your showerheads probably put out 5 gallons of water a minute (GPM). Multiply this by the number of minutes you're in the shower, and the water usage adds up rapidly. After 1992, showerheads became legally required to put out no more than 2.5 gallons of water (you can find an adjustable showerhead that puts out as little as 1.0 gallons of water per minute and still offers an enjoyable shower). The average person uses a shower for 10 minutes per day, so switching to a low flow showerhead can save a family of four about 58,000 gallons of water per year."

Check out the whole article here.

Water from the Faucet

Water Footprint Calculator meantime came up with a comprehensive post meant to guide homeowners on their water usage. For their advice in conserving water in the bathroom, they mentioned about bathroom faucet use and maintenance. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"Install low-flow faucet aerators in your sinks – you can save gallons of water each time you use the tap. Conventional faucets flow as high as 3 gallons per minute, but low-flow faucets flow at 1.5 gallons per minute. Fix those leaky faucets. That constant drip is more than just annoying; it's also a huge waste of water. You can lose more than 20 gallons of water a day from a single drippy faucet!"

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The Australian Government's website Act Smart also came up with tips in saving water in the bathroom.

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"Check for toilet leaks by placing a few drops of biodegradable food colouring into the cistern, and wait for 30 minutes. If you have a leaking toilet, you will see coloured water in the toilet bowl and you need to contact a plumber. A slow, barely visible leak can waste more than 4,000 litres of water a year. Check for leaking pipes by reading your water meter before you go to bed, then again in the morning. If there has been no water use overnight, and the reading has changed, you may have a leaking pipe and should seek advice from a plumber.

Read the continuation here.

Regular professional plumbing maintenance is also key in lowering water bolls in the bathroom and beyond. This is because routine maintenance and inspection   can help solve leaking and other piping issues even before they get blown out of proportion.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

HVAC Expert’s Advice on Reducing Heating Bills in the Bedroom

Lowering heating costs

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Efficient heating in the bedroom. (Photo Credits)

Sleeping cold in the winter will never be a good idea. Apart from it being uncomfortable, it can lead to sickness for some individuals who may be sensitive about drops in temperature.

The website This Old House says there are various ways to cut down on heating costs around the home during the winter season. In one of its articles, it enumerated the ways to use heat more efficiently at home, particularly the bedroom. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"Add up all those overlooked cracks, gaps, and openings around your windows, doors, plumbing, and wiring, and you may find your house has a hole the size of a Mack truck. Seal it up, and you'll save more than 10 percent on your heating bills. Start by caulking or weatherstripping around windows."

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More heating conservation tips

Time.com also came up with an article discussing the lowering of heating bills during snow season. One of their advice is to bundle up. A/C And HVAC       

"Don't shed that sweater when you get home. Instead, wear warm clothing inside and turn your thermostat down. You can save 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you drop your thermostat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, according to the California Energy Commission's Consumer Energy Center, which suggests a maximum setting of 68 degrees during the day. Unless you have a heat pump, consider cranking the thermostat setting down to 55 degrees when you're sleeping or away from home for an extended period, as well."

The original article can be found here.

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Hometips.com shared five tips on lowering heating bills during the winter season. Last on their list is taking full advantage of the home heating system.

"If your home is heated with a forced-air system, have the system serviced regularly. Clean filters or replace them every month or two. Be sure air ducts are free from blockages and that they are properly sealed. A tremendous amount of heated air can be wasted if joints between heating ducts become disconnected. Also be sure that any ducts passing through unheated areas such as the crawlspace or attic are insulated."

The rest of their advice can be found here.

Keeping the HVAC system well maintained especially in the onset of the winter season is another way to keep heating costs as bay. Consulting an HVAC professional can help determine whether there are repairs or maintenance work that needs to be done.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Winterizing the HVAC System

Preparing for the Winter

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The winter months can be damaging to the HVAC System. (Photo Credits)

The HVAC System, like any home fixture, will need to be prepped and protected from harsh weather conditions like the winter. A good way to prevent any damage is to winterize the HVAC System particularly the part of the system that is installed outdoors.

SF Gate shared a step-by-step instructional on winterizing the outdoor unit of an air-conditioning system. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze."

Read the continuation here.

More tips on winterizing the HVAC System

Homes.com also came up with its share of homeowner advice on gearing up HVAC units for winter time. Apart from ensuring that the HVAC Unit will run smoothly during the snow season, winterizing it, they say will help cut down on power costs. A/C And HVAC    

"Now let's move outside. Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can forget all about your AC. In fact, after a long, dusty summer of perpetual use, your air conditioning unit is probably feeling its age. In particular, check for vines, weeds, and brush that may have grown up around your outdoor unit. Look for twigs or leaves that may have fallen into the interior, and clear these out. It may not seem like it now, but winter is only a few short months long—so the more preparation you do now, the less work you'll have in front of you come summertime."

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Popular Mechanics also came up with advice on winterizing a home HVAC System.

"This one's really easy, and it will even save you a few pennies next summer, too: Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don't have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off. Similarly, make sure any hoses are drained and stowed away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. It's also a good idea to seal any water leaks around the place—and don't forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don't invite cold drafts all winter."

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Winterizing an HVAC System may require time and effort, but the savings that a household may garner from doing so will be immense given that it will protect the whole system from getting damaged by the winter.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

Saving water while gardening

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Making a home garden more energy efficient. (Photo Credits)

Tending to a home garden can mean consuming more water. After all gardens demand a regular watering schedule for plants and trees, and require water as a cleaning tool as well. So how can households make their garden and landscaping more efficient in terms of water consumption?

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House Logic says, the choice of plants can influence the water requirements of a home garden. A/C And HVAC         

"The bigger the plant, the more water it might require. So don't plant shrubs genetically programmed to grow bigger than you need. Before you buy, research at the library or online how tall and wide mature shrubs will grow. A Leyland Cypress, for instance, could grow to 20 feet in a few years, overkill if you only need a 5-foot hedge. Also, don't overcrowd plants: Follow label planting instructions. Fewer plants require less water. And flora that looks sparse at first will fill the area in a few seasons."

Read the other tips here on garden water conservation.

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The Micro Gardener also came up with tips on efficient water usage in the garden. Plumbing Association of San Diego                

"Install a water tank rather than wasting rainwater, to maximise roof runoff and redirect it for use on your garden.  Slimline tank and water harvesting systems are available for even the tiniest of spaces."

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The Guardian also has its own list of ways to keep water consumption at bay while gardening. Their list included watering plants at the appropriate time.

"Many of us over-water our gardens. This is not only wasteful, it means we're doing more work than we need to. To check if you need to water or not, look at the soil about a spade-deep down. If it's damp, it's fine; if it's dry, it's time to water. If you have clay soil, it might feel damp whether it's irrigated or not and sandy soil can feel dry, even if it has water in it. If this is the case, watch your plants and when they start to show signs of water stress – when leaves change position or get darker – note how the soil looks and feels. This way you can get more of an idea of what your soil is like when it has too little water. Watering the garden before a drought sets in keeps the soil's moisture levels up and helps prevent a water deficit. You should also water plants in the evening when it's cooler, to reduce evaporation."

Check the rest of the tips here.

Efficient use of water does not only translate to lower utility bills, it also translates to a greener environment.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Asthma and the HVAC System

Can an HVAC System Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

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Asthmatic individuals suffer a lot due to indoor air quality. (Photo Credits)

HVAC systems is a huge influence in indoor air quality, and for those with Asthma it could mean asthma triggers.

The website Allergy Clean shared the findings of a study linking indoor air, the HVAC system and asthma. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"The results of the analysis supported 5 trends: 1) housing age (quality) and amenities trend with lead poisoning over time; 2) changes in heating and air conditioning systems and prevalence of broken windows and bars on windows trend with the prevalence of asthma."

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Preventing triggers

Preventing asthma symptoms from getting triggered in relation to HVAC could involve regular maintenance of the HVAC equipment and controlling the humidity level indoors.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan came up with a comprehensive write-up on asthma triggers that can be encountered indoors. A/C And HVAC

"Use high quality furnace filters in the HVAC system (HEPA or microfiltration systems). Check to be sure that the furnace fan motor has enough horsepower capacity to handle their use (check the owner's manual or ask a furnace service contractor). HEPA furnace filters trap smaller size particles than conventional filters, and may help to reduce the concentration of particles suspended in air. In addition, air filters should be regularly replaced as suggested by the filter manufacturer, which may vary based on specific activities in the home (wood working, pets, etc)."

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Science Daily also shared ways to ensure a healthier indoor air through HVAC Systems.

"To improve indoor air quality, Garrett lists several construction practices that, when done right, can make a significant difference. These include installing tight ductwork, achieving airtight construction, using a correctly sized HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and making sure there is fresh air ventilation. Proper ventilation involves introducing air from a known source and then filtering, dehumidifying and pre-cooling or heating it."

The original article can be found here.

To help in ensuring healthy indoor air, a home's HVAC system should be professionally maintained on a regular basis.

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