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These 4 Things Should Never Go Down Your Kitchen Sink

Lettuce Being Washed In Kitchen Sink

For the sake of this post, we assume that your kitchen sink includes
one component that’s very important to most homeowners—the garbage
disposal. If you don’t have a disposal system, there are still some
items that shouldn’t go down the kitchen sink, and we’ll get to that
below.

In the meantime, we want to stress that putting the wrong things down
your kitchen sink is not only bad news for your drain system, but you
could be a victim to a garbage disposal that jams up way too frequently,
and you could find yourself calling a plumber pretty often to come fix
it. Keep reading to learn about 4 things that should never go down your
kitchen sink drain—especially if it includes a garbage disposal system!

1.     Non-Food Items

As plumbers, we know that garbage disposal systems are never
to be used to throw away trash. But, not all homeowners realize this.
After all, it’s called a garbage disposal for a reason, right?

If you’re like most homeowners, you may picture your garbage disposal
like a blender—with a sharp blade that …

Preventing Kitchen Sink Clogs

plumber inspecting kitchen sinkProfessional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.

We addressed the causes of some of the most common sink drain clogs and what to do about them in our previous blog post. Today, we want to talk about preventing kitchen drain clogs altogether. Kitchen sink clogs come in many forms. And if you have a garbage disposal, you’re even more likely to run into this problem.

“What?” You might be thinking, “shouldn’t it be the other way around?”

Well, yes. Technically, garbage disposal use should make it less
likely that you’ll develop kitchen sink clogs. After all, they’re there
for you when you have unfinished meals, kitchen scraps, and even
spoiling leftovers that you don’t want stinking up your trash can and
your home. But it’s the dependence on these systems that gets some homeowners into trouble.

Think about it—have you ever been frustrated by a garbage disposal
that seems to keep jamming up? Or maybe you’ve had to call in a plumber
one too many times, to pull something out of the mechanism to get it to
work again. Perhaps …

The Best Way to Fend Off Sink Clogs

Water Flowing Down Sink Drain

There’s no doubt that one of the most annoying things for homeowners to deal with is when a plumbing fixture or sink in the home isn’t draining as it should. You might be simply brushing your teeth when suddenly you have to deal with a backed up sink. Or perhaps you’re taking a morning shower when suddenly it looks like you’re drawing a bath instead.

You’d probably like a quick fix, and we get it! But this isn’t always the best idea. Keep reading to learn more about how to not only prevent drain clogs from forming in the first place, but also what do when drain clogs do happen.

The Most Common Sink Drain Clogs

First off, it’s helpful to know what types of things most commonly clog up sink drains. When it comes to your bathroom, hair is an extremely common culprit for not only the sink, but also the bathtub drain. And too much toilet paper can clog up your toilet as well, which is a whole other story.

In the kitchen, FOG is a common culprit. This stands for fats, oils, and grease. FOG hardens as …

What to Do about a Running Toilet

Toilet In Bathroom

The short answer to this would be “call a plumber.” But we don’t
expect you to accept this at face value—we’ve gone into more detail
below on what exactly might be causing this problem, and what can be
done about it.

A running toilet is a nuisance to listen to, and can also cost you
significantly in excess water you aren’t using—something that will
reflect on your monthly water bills. A running toilet also means you
have an inability to flush. Be sure to call for system repairs as soon
as you notice this problem. In the meantime, read on for a further
explanation.

Your Refill Tube Is Malfunctioning

This is one possible cause of a running toilet. The refill tube of
the toilet is the component that replenishes water in the tank every
time you flush. The top of this tube should always remain above water
level. If it doesn’t, then you may hear intermittent running.

Problems with the Float Ball

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down each time the tank
empties with a flush. This opens up an inlet valve on the fill …

What’s an Anode Rod and What Does It Do?

Water Heater Tank

If we asked you to name the most important appliance in your home, what would it be? We’d argue to say that it’s your water heater. After all, your water heater is one of the only systems in your home that gets used every single day—it works hard to provide you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and more. And if you’re using a storage tank water heater, there is one component, in particular, that is integral in allowing this to all happen seamlessly—the anode rod.

This isn’t exactly a household name, but the anode rod is very
important in all households with a storage tank water heater. It
provides an essential function in protecting your tank water heater from
harm. The anode rod doesn’t last the lifetime of the water heater,
though, so it’s important you know the condition of yours.

What Exactly Is an Anode Rod?

This is a rod that resides in the tank of your water heater and is
composed of magnesium. This material breaks down faster than steel does,
which is what hot water tanks are made out …

Need a New Water Heater?

Water HeaterPipes of a heating system

When
it comes to purchasing any major appliance or piece of equipment for
your home, there are a lot of decisions to make, not the least of which
is what model of the appliance to get. The water heater is no exception.
Sure, if you already have a storage tank water heater, it would be easy
to just get another one and call it a day.

But this isn’t your only option. Today’s water heater choices keep
efficiency in mind, and while a tank water heater may be the way to go,
you’d do well to consider a tankless or direct vent model before making
your purchase. Keep reading to learn more!

Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

The very first choice you’ll need to make about your water heater
purchase is whether you want a gas-powered system—which is typically
more affordable month to month—or an electric one. Next, you’ll need to
choose between a tank or tankless system. Almost all homes can upgrade
to tankless if the homeowner chooses this, and there are many benefits
to doing so. It is …

Signs You Can Use a Thorough Drain Cleaning

Tapwater Flowing Into A Kitchen Sink And Down The Plughole.

Your plumbing system isn’t a part of your home you typically give a lot of thought to, right? This may be the case, but when something goes wrong with that system, you’ll be pretty grateful for a highly trained and experienced professional plumber in Holly Springs, NC to manage the problem for you!

This is especially true when the problem is more than just a simple
drippy faucet or even a pinhole leak in a visible pipe. Some problems
extend far deeper than that, quite literally, into your drain and sewer
system. And if this part of your plumbing isn’t properly cared for, it
can cause serious problems for your home.

The good news in all of this is that it actually is pretty easy to
keep your drain system in good shape, by scheduling annual drain
cleaning services. But, what if you’ve never had this service done? Is
there a way to tell if you really need it now? Yes, a number of ways, actually. Read on to learn more!

Slow Drainage

Drain …

What Do I Do with a Plumbing Emergency?

Old Pipe That Has Sprung A Leak

Handling plumbing emergencies is an essential part of what our
plumbers do on a daily basis. But, what exactly constitutes an
emergency? Some are obvious—water gushing out onto your kitchen floor
from a burst pipe is very clearly an urgent problem that must be managed
right away. But, if you notice a slow leak coming from somewhere like
your water heater or think you hear water behind a wall, are those
emergencies?

(The answer is yes)

The first thing you should do when faced with a plumbing emergency is shut off water to the affected area. The next step is to call a professional plumber in Raleigh & Durham, NC, such as any member of our team. The steps you take after this will depend on exactly what plumbing problem(s) you are facing. Keep reading to learn more about a few of these emergencies.

Do You Have an Overflowing Toilet?

This one can easily send you into a panic as not only does it mean
you can’t use your toilet, but that you may have water damage and an
unsanitary mess …

Tips for Caring for Your Drains

Water Running Down The Drain - Shallow DOF

The thought of living without indoor plumbing, for any modern homeowner, is pretty much inconceivable. Why would anyone want to live that way? We get all the water we need from the various faucets throughout our home and our plumbing appliances are fed water directly. We have a drain and sewer system in place that disposes of all the wastewater in an effective, reliable, and hygienic way.

It’s easy to take this all for granted, and therefore, not pay much attention to what all we put or let go down our drains. This is particularly true in the kitchen. To care for your drains and to get the most longevity out of your plumbing system as possible, we urge you to follow the advice below.

Avoid Putting These Items down the Drain

There are some things that are safe, and others that are not, when it comes to what you allow your kitchen sink drain to handle.

FOG: This stands for Fats, Oil, and Grease, and should never go down the drain! This type of waste starts off as a liquid when it is hot, but …

Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree roots

When you hear the word “plumbing,” chances are you think about visible plumbing fixtures and appliances—your faucets, drains, and perhaps even toilet. This is understandable, as these are components you see every day. But there is one plumbing component you don’t see that warrants some considerable attention, and that’s your sewer line.

While out of sight, your sewer line should never be completely out of mind. If any issues develop with this section of plumbing, you could have a seriously inconvenient and messy problem on your hands. Early detection of sewer line issues is advantageous, so you should be aware of warning signs that something is amiss, which we’ve highlighted below, and be sure that when you do have a problem, you contact a professional plumber in Fuquay Varina, NC.

Foul Odors

This is perhaps the most apparent sign that there is trouble brewing with your sewer line. If sewer odors are wafting through your living space or coming from any of your plumbing fixtures inside or outside, then you need to have a professional plumber inspect your pipes to assess the issue. You might be dealing with …