Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Plumber’s Advice on Smelly Drains

Dealing with stinky drainage

sink drain

Drains can be stinky, and it could mean a bigger plumbing concern. (Photo Credits)

Smelling something resembling a sewage but cannot pinpoint where the stink is coming from? It could probably be one of the drains?

If it is it then, how should a homeowner deal with it?

Family Handyman came up with a comprehensive guide on smelly drains and sewers. In the initial part of their write up, they explained the possible reasons why some drains may stink. Plumbing Association of San Diego  

"You have a water trap under a floor drain, laundry tub or wash basin that has dried out from lack of use. Water in any trap under unused drains will eventually evaporate. That would allow sewer gas to come up through the drain into the room. Solve that problem just by dumping a pitcherful of water into the drain to restore the trap water. If you follow that up by pouring a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil into the drain, a floating seal of oil will keep the water from evaporating so fast next time."

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The other possible reasons can be found here.

Deodorizing Smelly Drains

SF Gate came up with tips on how to deodorize stinky drains based on the possible reason for the smell. One of the ways they mentioned is eliminating odors that stink up the bathroom drains. A/C And HVAC 

"Smells emanating from the bathroom sink could be the result of bacteria growth on hair, soap and other bathroom waste, and if so, cleaning the P-trap and pouring baking soda in the drain are effective cures. If the drain has the characteristic sulfurous smell that comes from a sewer, however, the cause and remedy are different. The vent servicing the bathroom drain – and perhaps other vents in the house as well – could be blocked, and negative pressure in the pipes has pulled water out of the bathroom sink trap. To fix this, you may have to go on the roof."

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Read about the other reasons here.

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Huffpost meanwhile shared to its readers ways on how to prevent smelly kitchen drains from happening. They provided an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructional on how to maintain a clean and fresh smelling kitchen sink.

"It's important to give your sink a clean-out every week, whether you have a garbage disposal or not. Follow these easy steps (if you don't have a disposal, skip the last two), and your nose will thank you.    Pour one cup baking soda and one cup white vinegar down the disposal. Let the mixture bubble for up to 10 minutes. Boil a kettle or pot of hot water. Pour water down the drain to flush out the baking soda and vinegar mixture. If you have a garbage disposal, fill the drain with two cups of ice and one cup salt. Turn on cold water, and run the disposal until the ice is gone. This will get gunk off the blades."

Click here to check out the rest of their advice.

Drains should never smell awful, and if a homeowner is unsure as to how to go about getting rid of the foul odor, and it is always a best idea to hire a licensed plumbing contractor.

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What to do with a humming HVAC


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Monday, February 5, 2018

What to do with a humming HVAC

Dealing with HVAC Noises


The HVAC Equipment can create random noises, and sometimes, even a continuous humming sound. (Photo Credits)

A humming noise coming from the HVAC is not just annoying, it can also be an issue that merits the attention of the homeowner. So what does a humming HVAC mean?

American Home Shield says humming noises coming from a home HVAC system is not much of a huge concern. It however may mean that it needs a maintenance check. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"A humming sound generally isn't serious, but it still signals that something inside your air conditioner is off. Loose parts and refrigerant piping can cause vibration and, if left unchecked, can lead to a more serious maintenance issue. Sometimes humming or buzzing noises point to electrical problems. If the compressor hums and refuses to start, there may be an issue with the motor, though loose wiring could trigger this noise, too."

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Read about the other HVAC noises and what they mean in AHS' original article here.

Other HVAC Sounds

Angie's List meanwhile rounded up the different sounds that may come from an HVAC system. The sounds that they mentioned in their article though are sounds that ring an alarm bell for any homeowner. Rattling noises is among the type of HVAC noises that are included in their list. A/C And HVAC

"Loud rattling, thumping, clanking or banging noises. These sounds usually indicate a problem with the blower assembly or motor. Rattling usually means that a component in the system is coming loose. The problem should be repaired before the part breaks or disconnects completely. If you hear louder banging sounds when the blower is running, shut the system off. At this point, something has broken or disconnected. Occasionally, the motor mounts on the assembly can become loose. The blower may also be out of alignment. Unusual rattling sounds can come from motor bearings. The motor assembly should be inspected by a qualified technician."

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Check out the whole article here.

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Compact Appliance also came up with a write-up explaining the meaning and causes of each non-normal noise that may emanate from an HVAC Unit. Humming from the outdoor unit is one of the type of noises explained in the write-up.

"Even with a completely dead capacitor, your compressor will still attempt to use it as a power source. This can burn out the entire compressor, leading to costly repairs. If your HVAC will not turn on and the clicking sound has turned into a hum, this very likely indicates that your capacitor is no longer providing power. In this case, turn your unit off immediately to prevent any further damage.

Often, these parts will fail during the most blistering parts of the summer. Warmer months means that your HVAC must work harder than ever, and this may put an increased amount of stress on already vulnerable parts. It is during these times when a well functioning air conditioning unit means the most to you that you may have to wait to longest for an HVAC specialist to become available, so it is important to act as soon as you sense a problem."

The continuation can be found here.

HVAC Noises are definitely something that should never be shrugged off.

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Plumber's take on Low Water Flow




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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Plumber’s take on Low Water Flow

Slow Flow


The problem with weak water pressure is a low flow of water in the house. (Photo Credits)

Low water flow from faucets and showers can be frustrating especially when one is in a hurry. Shower time can double, washing can get affected, and even simple chores can take up time – like watering plants in the lawn or garden.

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So why does low flow happen?

The website Hometips.com tried to explain why some households experience weak water pressure that leads to low water flow. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"If all of your neighbors have low water pressure, there may not be much you can do except to contact your water supplier and complain about the problem. You might even do well to gather a petition from the neighbors and submit it to the utility. If your home is the only one with low pressure—or if only parts of your house have low pressure—then there is probably a constriction in your pipes or valves. The most common cause of low water pressure in a home that's more than 20 years old is older steel pipes that have become clogged with lime deposits that strangle the flow of water. Unfortunately, to solve this problem, you usually need to have a plumber re-pipe your home."

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Check out the rest of the article here.

Persistently low flow

The Family Handyman meanwhile mentioned that should weak water pressure still persist despite repiping, then there are some measures homeowners can undertake. A/C And HVAC           

"Usually, poor water pressure is caused by clogged pipes. But if you've already replaced them or have a newer house with new pipes, try the obvious first. Make sure the shutoff valves near the water meter are fully open. Sounds basic, but plumbers still have to charge for a service call to simply turn a valve handle! Then check the water pressure. If your house is on city water, ask your local water department for a pressure reading. A reading of 45 to 55 psi is ideal."

The continuation can be found here.

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Service Ratings Website Angie's List meanwhile shared a list of common reasons why low water pressure takes place and the individual solutions to each concern.

"Debris — such as sand, dirt, and pollutants — can enter your home's pipes when a water main fractures. Even without a fractured line, your pipes are susceptible to mineral buildup from the deposits that water leaves behind when traveling through your home. Even a small amount of sediment can create a blockage in your home's plumbing. The solution to this piping problem is to examine a section of the pipe to determine whether mineral buildup is the problem. If this is the case, plumbing chemicals that break down and flush the debris can solve the problem more often than not."

Take a look at the three other main causes of slow water flow in the original article here.

If unsure as to how to go about resolving the weak water pressure at home, it will be best to seek professional plumbing assistance.

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What to do when water leaks from HVAC

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Friday, January 26, 2018

What to do when water leaks from HVAC

Guide to HVAC leakages


Water leakages can be a common HVAC Issue. (Photo Credits) 

Water dripping from an HVAC Unit is not an uncoomon issue for homes with HVAC systems. However, it is definitely a concern that should be addressed immediately, lest it can cause more damage to the HVAC system itself.

So what should a homeowner do once he discovers water leaking and pooling near the HVAC Unit? The answer is to immediately turn off the unit, and ask for professional assistance. Self-troubleshooting will not work here, and could be even more counter-productive. In the first place, this issue would not have taken place if the HVAC system is routinely inspected and maintained by a service professional.

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While waiting for the technicians to arrive, the homeowner may want to check out the drain pan of the HVAC Unit. BobVila.com recommends this step, as an initial procedure to undertake once a water leak is noticed. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"Located directly underneath your unit, the drain pan catches the condensation that emerges normally from running your air conditioner. If it's cracked or otherwise damaged, it can't do its job—soon after, you'll start to notice your air conditioner leaking water. So, follow along the edges, paying special attention to the corners for breaches. (Tip: Use a flashlight for better visibility, since the cracks may be small.)"

Check out the rest of the article here.

Possible reasons why an HVAC is leaking

According to Popular Mechanics an overflowing pan is one of the most common reasons for poling water or rips in the HVAC system.

"The first cause—the overflow pan—is easily detectable by simply using a flashlight. The pan is a piece of equipment that catches any condensation from the A/C unit; if you're noticing a leak, carefully inspect the overflow pan for damage. Check each corner, along the outside edges, and, of course, directly above the wettest spot. Small holes and cracks can be patched with epoxy glue, but it's usually best to replace a damaged overflow pan."

Read the rest of the article published by Popular Mechanics here.

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A/C And HVAC  Compact Appliance meanwhile enumerated the possible reasons why HVAC units are leaking. It emphasized though, that no matter the possible underlying cause, the leakage has to be dealt with immediately to avoid bigger repair issues.

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"One of the major ways your air conditioner works to cool your home is by pulling humidity from the air. The cold evaporator coil of your indoor unit is designed to collect this condensation and drain it away. When everything is working as it is supposed to, the water runs down the coil into a pan which leads to another drain. The ultimate destination of all of this collected water is either outside of the house or into your plumbing drain. One of the most common ways the evaporator coil can malfunction is when it becomes dirty. Once a coil becomes coated in dirt, dust, mold or other debris, the water is no longer bonded as tightly to its surface, and will drip on the ground. The water will also bond with the dirt and grime, mixing it in with the puddles of condensation on the floor of your house."

Take a look at the other reasons cited here.

Routine maintenance and inspection is the key to avoid leakages and other costly HVAC repairs.

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Plumber's Guide on Avoiding Kitchen Clogs



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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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Check out the rest of the post here.

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


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.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

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."

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Plumber's Advice on Water Efficiency in the Bathroom

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Plumber’s Advice on Water Efficiency in the Bathroom

Conserving Water in the Bathroom

Sea bath (without mirror)

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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