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Tips to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal Over the Holidays

December 18th, 2017

 

 

Plumbers see a lot of action this time of year, particularly the day after a big holiday. Clogged drains and broken garbage disposals are a frequent post calling card of holiday get togethers. From all the holiday cooking, baking, and extra house guests, your plumbing system can take a beating during the holidays. Which is why it is important to take the necessary precautions to maintain your garbage disposal over the holidays.

 

Preventative Drain Cleaning

One of the best things you can do for your plumbing system is to have preventative regular drain cleaning. Having your drains cleaned before the holidays is a great way to

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maintain your garbage disposal over the holidays. Over time, a film can buildup in your drains, which can eventually lead to clogs. During heavy usage this buildup can prove to be more of a nuisance and lead to an emergency plumbing situation. Professional drain cleaning is always suggested, however if you are short on time you can try a mixture of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda. This mixture helps loosen the debris and deodorizes your drains at the same time.

 

Watch What You Put Down the Garbage Disposal

Part of maintaining your garbage disposal is to watch what goes down the garbage disposal. There are actually quite a few things that can cause damage to your garbage disposal and your pipes. It is always good to remember that your drain isn’t the last stop for whatever you rinse down. Debris and waste will go on to travel through your pipes, where they can get lodged in the sludge and form serious clogs or even cause burst pipes. The best way to prevent this from happening is to watch what you put down the garbage disposal. Here are the top things you should keep out of the garbage disposal:

 

  • Peels
  • Fibrous food scrapes
  • Large pieces of food
  • Grease
  • Trash
  • Hair
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Chemicals
  • Paint

In addition to preventing plumbing problems, it is also important to remember that whatever you put down the drain can eventually enter our streams, lakes, and oceans. This can have a major effect on wildlife and even cause harm to our drinking water. Chemicals and pollutants should be disposed of properly. Contact your local environmental services to find out how to properly dispose of chemicals.

Drain Screen

You can prevent a lot of headache by preventing things from going down the drain. A drain screen is an affordable way to keep things flowing. A drain screen also prevents you from having to stick your hand in the garbage disposal to retrieve things. You can also put drain screens over shower and tub drains as well. This is a great way to prevent hair from going down the drain, which can cause a clog as well.

 

Operating Procedures

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Aside from keeping things out of the drain, it is important to make sure you are always operating your garbage disposal with the proper operating procedures. Always run your garbage disposal with running water, not doing so can cause the motor to burn up. Also make sure you run small loads. Avoid overworking your garbage disposal. It is also a good idea to clear the garbage disposal prior to operating the dishwasher, this can prevent clogs and help your plumbing system and dishwasher work better.

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How to Install an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Faucet

September 1st, 2017

Guest Blog Post – Emin Rooters On Time is Northridge, CA based family owned plumbing company. We provide plumbing services to great Los Angeles area since 2010.

 

Your kitchen sink is one of the biggest users of water in your residence. Over the course of a year, your faucet releases about 10,000 gallons of water. Choosing an eco-friendly kitchen faucet and installation can help to conserve water and lower your utility costs by an average of $170 dollars annually. The actual process is not much different than a traditional installation, but will make a big difference in water usage. This is a moderately challenging task and should be completed in about a day.

Materials Needed

  • Eco-friendly kitchen faucet

  • Low-flow aerator

  • Bucket

  • Shutoff valves (optional)

  • Stainless steel supply tubes

  • Screwdriver

  • Hammer

  • Basin wrench

  • Pipe wrenches

  • Open-end wrenches

  • Hacksaw

  • P-trap

 

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Step 1. Select the Faucet

This will be the most important step in completing an eco-friendly kitchen faucet installation. There are several different options. Consider purchasing one that already has an aerator installed. If this is present, there will be flow rates imprinted on the side. Most distributors will have markings on their faucets that are eco-friendly such as an EnergyStar or WaterSense certification. To achieve a WaterSense certification, there needs to be a 30 percent reduction in water.

Step 2. Turning off the Water Supply

Once you have selected your faucet you are ready to install it. It is imperative that the water supply is shut off. Place the bucket under the sink directly below the P-trap in order to catch any water left in the pipes.

Step 3. Remove the Drain Lines

Drain lines that are located under the sink, can get in the way over the course of installation. If you can reach everywhere without removing these then you can skip this step. The drain lines can be removed with a pipe wrench. It is a good idea to take a picture of your drain lines under the sink prior to beginning. This will help you to remember how to reassemble later.

Step 4. Check for Shutoff Valves

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Shutoff valves will be very handy in the future. When you are looking at the plumbing under the sink, check to see if there are shutoff valves. If not, install these with the new faucet. To do this, cut the water supply lines using the hacksaw and then attach the shutoff valves.

Step 5. Unmount the Sink

It is actually not difficult to unmount the sink. Simply take the basin wrench and loosen the lock nuts behind the sink. Pull up on the sink and clean in the underneath area.

Step 6. Place Flange over Plumbing Opening

Once the sink has been unmounted, the flange is placed over the opening. This should only be tightened with your fingers at this point.

Step 7. Inserting the Faucet

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If you have an existing faucet, you will need to first remove that. Check the manufacturer’s instructions and follow those for the primary installation. You can expect to pay about $200 dollars for a high-quality faucet. There are not significant differences in quality past this price point.

Step 8. Tighten the Faucet and Flange Nuts

Once the faucet has been put in place, the nut under the sink must be tightened in the right direction. Place it through the flange and sink holes, then put the washer and faucet nut on. To put the flange nut on, use an open-end wrench and tighten it securely.

Step 9. Cut the supply lines

Locate the compression nuts on the valves and mark the supply lines directly about this location. Cut the supply lines and then choose the new tubing and attach it to the supply lines with the accompanying materials.

Step 10. Install an Aerator

If the faucet does not already come with an aerator, you will need to install one. For the kitchen sink, you will want an aerator with a flow of 2 gallons per minute. Use the white pipe tape around the thread. Place the rubber washer and aerator inside the faucet. Tighten the aerator by hand and check for leaks. If there are leaks, gently use a set of pliers to firmly tighten, but not over tighten the aerator.

Congratulations! You have now successfully installed your own eco-friendly kitchen faucet. This is a time-consuming project with several parts, but will ensure that you are now eco-friendly and ready to do more with less water!

 

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Practical Water Saving Tips for Your Plumbing

April 23rd, 2017

 

With warmer weather just around the corner, there has never been a better time to get your house in gear to help save water. With a monumental drought behind us, that doesn’t mean all of your conservation efforts have to go out the window. Water saving efforts are not only good for the environment, but also help you save a little money on your monthly water bill as well. So without further ado we bring you some practical water saving tips that can really make a difference.

 

#1 Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks is one of the most important water saving tips because it not only helps you save water, but also helps prevent damage. Water leaks can cause serious damage to your plumbing system and the surrounding area. Not to mention all that water waste really ads up over time. A simple leak can waste thousands of gallons a year, and cause issues with mold and mildew. Taking care of leaks right away is the best way to save money on water and repairs, plus protect your personal belongings.

 

 #2 Install Low Flow Aerators

Low flow aerators make for a great water saving tip because they are effective and inexpensive. Low flow aerators fit over your faucet or shower head to control the flow of water. They restrict the flow of water while simultaneously building pressure so water is conserved without sacrificing water pressure. If you have newer plumbing fixtures, chances are you already have aerators on your faucets and shower-heads. However, if you have older plumbing fixtures installing low flow aerators is in inexpensive and easy fix. You can pick up low flow aerators at the hardware store for a couple of bucks.

 

#3 Install New Plumbing Fixtures

If it’s been a few years, or if you live in an older home with original plumbing fixtures, then now is as go good a time as any to install new plumbing fixtures. Most newer

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plumbing fixtures have been designed with water saving in mind and are much more efficient than their predecessors. From high efficiency toilets, to low flow faucets and shower-heads. Swapping your old plumbing fixtures for some new more efficient models can help save you a bundle on your water bill and help modernize the space without a total overhaul.

 

#4 On Demand Water Heaters

On demand water heaters are a great choice when trying to make your home more efficient. Since, they heat water on an as needed basis they aren’t constantly refilling the tank. In addition, they also conserve energy because they aren’t working as hard to maintain the temperature of an entire tank of water. What this means for you is a constant supply of hot water at a fraction of the operating costs. On demand water heaters also last longer, and are easier to repair.

water saving#5 Water Saving Appliances

Just like old plumbing fixtures, old water using appliances aren’t as efficient as newer models. In fact, most older washing machines and dishwaters use a ton more water than newer water saving models. While this can be an expensive up front cost, the water savings you will see will make up for it in the long run. Plus, there are still many incentives available to upgrading to water saving appliances. Just remember when you are shopping for new appliances, you will also need to replace the water supply hoses. Old hoses get brittle over time and can spring a leak. As a good measure always purchase new when replacing appliances to ensure no there are no “surprises”.

 

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Plumbing Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Weekend

December 24th, 2016

 

Plumbing problems can creep up when you least expect it, and they don’t discriminate when it comes to the perfect timing. In fact plumbing problems are often more likely to happen during a holiday weekend. All the entertaining and extra meal prep can put extra stress on your plumbing system. Fortunately most plumbing problems can be avoided with a few preventative plumbing tips.

 

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#1 Watch What You Flush

When entertaining during a holiday weekend it’s important to watch what you flush. This rule actually applies all the time, but sometimes when you have extra house guests things can get a little crazy. While it should go without saying, only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down the toilet. Watching what gets flushed down the toilet can help prevent a plumbing disaster. Simply let your guest know by talking to them or write a note and leave it in the bathroom. This is especially important for guest bathrooms that don’t get used that often, or plumbing systems that tend to be a little finicky.

 

#2 Avoid Overloading Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers are wonderful modern marvels that help us clean and sanitize our dishes. With that being said, dishwashers are only machines, they aren’t superheroes. Serving large meals during the holidays is pretty customary, and with that you have prep clean up and after dinner clean up. All of the use can take a toll on your dishwasher, especially if you are overloading it, and not rinsing dishes off completely. When dishwashers are overloaded they tend to not work as effectively or efficiently. And when dishes aren’t rinsed off completely you risk food particles causing clogs in your dishwasher and plumbing system. To help you dishwasher handle the extra loads you can try the following:

  • Routine Maintenance – run a cleaning cycle with dishwasher cleaner and check the drain at the bottom of your dishwasher for any built up food particles and debris that can cause a clog.
  • Run the Garbage disposal frequently to keep food particles and debris from draining back into the dishwasher.
  • Avoid overloading the dishwasher. Your dishes won’t come out as clean. Instead try running smaller loads.
  • Always rinse off dishes thoroughly to prevent food particles and debris from causing clogs.

#3 Save Your Garbage Disposal

 

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One of the most important plumbing tips we can offer to prevent plumbing problems during a holiday weekend is to watch what goes down the garbage disposal. We know garbage is in the name, but that does not mean you can treat your garbage disposal like a garbage can. In fact its just as important to watch what goes down the garbage disposal as it is to watch what gets flushed down the toilet. For best practices avoid putting the following down the garbage disposal:

 

 

 

  • Grease
  • Bones
  • Fibrous food particles
  • Large peels
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Trash
  • Chemicals

The last plumbing tip that we can offer to prevent plumbing problems during a holiday weekend are to keep your professional plumbers phone number handy, just in case. Many plumbers are available on the weekend and during the holidays, because they know that plumbing problems aren’t something you can exactly plan for. Check out our Plumbing Directory to find a professional plumber in your area. Lastly but not least Grow Plumbing would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday!

 

 

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Frozen Pipes – Winter’s Calling Card

November 23rd, 2016

 

The winter elements can do quite a bit of damage to a homes plumbing system. Frozen pipes are a very serious plumbing problem that can be devastating. Preventing frozen pipes is one the most important things a homeowner can do to prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage.

 

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

 

When temperatures drop below 32 degrees water freezes. What this means for plumbing pipes is the water can freeze inside the pipe. When water freezes it expands causing the pipe to burst. The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to make sure the pipes are properly insulated.

 

Who’s Most at Risk for Frozen Pipes?

 

Homes that are most at risk for frozen pipes are vacant homes. Perhaps vacation homes or investment properties that do not have full time tenants. Vacant homes are more at risk for frozen pipes because since they are vacant nobody is there ona regular basis to run water or keep the home heated. If a home isn’t looked after on a regular basis then signs of damage may not be caught right away leading to more damage from frozen pipes.

 

Home that are in regions where temperatures don’t often dip below freezing are also at risk. In regions where temperatures in typically nice all year long may not be prepared for a weather fluke such as a drastic drop in temperatures. Most homes in areas that are prone to freezing are already prepared for low temperatures. However, in more moderate climates homes could be left more vulnerable.

 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

The best plan of defense against frozen pipes is to be prepared. You can be prepared for frozen pipes by taking the proper precautions:

  • Install insulation around all pipes that are exposed to the elements.
  • Check for air leaks that could allow for cold air to reach pipes. Places for concern are around the foundation, crawl spaces and attics. Patch and fill any holes that could allow for a cold draft.
  • Keep heater running during the colder months. It doesn’t have to be running full blast, 65 degrees will do. Just enough to keep warmer air circulating.
  • If the home is vacant make arrangements for the home to be checked on a regular basis.

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Clever Uses of Plumbing Pipes

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When you think of pvc pipes and copper pipes you automatically think of plumbing. But did you know there are plenty of other clever uses of plumbing pipes? From artistic ways to display a wine bottle to organizing the garage we have found tons of other clever uses of plumbing pipes. Check it out!

 

 

 

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Home Maintenance and Plumbing Tips – Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather

December 1st, 2015

 

Colder weather is right around the corner and for many around the country colder weather has already set in. Home maintenance and plumbing maintenance are really important to stay on top of before the weather takes a turn for the worst. Here are some home maintenance and plumbing tips to help you prepare your home for colder weather.

 

  1. Insulate your pipes

    Frozen pipes can be a major issue when it comes to colder weather. When water freezes it expands which can cause damage to plumbing pipes. Water damage is one of the worst things that can happen to a home and can cost thousands

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    to repair. By insulating your plumbing pipes you can help prevent frozen pipes and water damage. Its a good idea to insulate all pipes that are exposed to the elements and in some cases where temperatures drop significantly you can apply a heating cable to help keep water flowing through your pipes.

  2. Check for structural cracks and holes

    Over time a home will settle, this leaves room for cracks or holes around the structure of a home. Any cracks or holes can leave a way for cold air to travel into a home. Check the foundation, window seals, door frames, siding, and around the attic. Fix any holes and repair the caulking around the windows and door frames. A properly sealed home will not only protect your plumbing but also help you maintain the temperature in your home.

  3. Clean gutters

    Gutter play a huge role in weather proofing your home. Gutters and down spouts help deter water away from the foundation of your home. Over time debris can build up which interferes with the flow of water. This can cause damage to the foundation of your home, which can lead to a multitude of problems. Before increment weather sets in, especially after the fall leaves have fallen cleans out your gutters and downspouts, and replace any parts that need to be replaced.

  4. Check your roof

    The roof of a home should be checked annually, especially before colder weather sets in. A leaky roof can be quite a nuisance. Especially when it comes to pin pointing exactly where the leak is coming from. Check the flashing and replace any tiles that may be damaged.

  5. Have your HVAC inspected

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    One huge home maintenance that often goes unchecked is the HVAC system. The temperature of your home is important to maintain during both cold and hot weather. It can be a real safety concern to be without heat during the dead of winter, especially in areas that get below freezing. Before the cold weather sets in have your HVAC inspected. A proper inspection will help keep things running efficiently and safely.

 

Its always best to be proactive when it comes to home maintenance and preparing your home for winter. You don’t want to get caught off guard. Remember this is a busy time of year for weather related plumbing and HVAC issues so schedule your inspections withe a professional HVAC technician ahead of time. For more home maintenance and plumbing tips please visit our website at www.growplumbing.com.

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Surviving the Holidays – Some Plumbing Tips

November 24th, 2015

 

This time of year is always so much fun! Holiday cheer and getting together with loved ones is what it is all about. Before you quick off the Holiday season its important to make sure you are taking the proper precautions with your plumbing. We’ve said it before, an ounce of prevention is worth its weight in gold, especially around the Holidays! Keep the Holiday cheer going and avoid the stress of a plumbing disaster with these plumbing tips.

 

Hosting a Holiday party this year? Its important to make sure you plumbing is ready for the extra work. Company mean more people using your bathroom. You will want to make sure you guest bathroom is ready for the extra traffic. Before your house guests arrive:

 

  • Inspect toilet – make sure it isn’t running or leaking. Make any necessary repairs. This will not only help prevent a plumbing disaster but also save you money on your utilities.

  • Inspect sink – make sure there are not leaks around the sink. Check the seal and the plumbing underneath. Make any necessary repairs. A leaky sink can cause mold underneath the cabinet, a particular problem in a bathroom that maybe isn’t used all that often.

  • Inspect all fixtures – inspect faucets and shower heads for any leaks. Make any necessary repairs or even consider replacing. Replacing old faucets and shower head is a great way to conserve water, prevent leaks, and update a bathroom.

  • Check water pressure – low water pressure could be a sign that there are more serious plumbing issues. By checking the water pressure before your house guests arrive you not only make sure they are more comfortable but you can see if your plumbing system is ready for more activity and make repairs beforehand. Low water pressure could be a sign of a clog or leak.

  • Have your HVAC system checked – having your HVAC system checked by a professional should be part of your annual home maintenance routine. Especially before the Holidays. You don’t want to have your heater go out while you are entertaining.

  • Take care of your garbage disposal – your garbage disposal is working overtime this time of year with all the cooking. Make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that doesn’t belong: peels, trash, grease are a few bad culprits that cause clogs and plumbing disasters.

 

 

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Run Your Plumbing Business More Efficiently

May 23rd, 2014

Mobilize and Streamline Your Plumbing SMB

Learn how to improve efficiency for your plumbing business – A guest blog post from Sam Madden of PocketSuite.

 

The term “ERP” probably has most of you scratching your heads.  

ERP stands to Enterprise Resource Planning, and is a crucial tool for large and medium sized businesses looking for efficiencies in orders, project management, inventory, manufacturing, accounting, HR, supply chain, etc. ERP unifies all the core functionalities of a company in a single database, saving these firms time and money.  

What about ERP for Small Business Owners? (i.e., plumbers, handymen, electricians, etc.) The term has not quite reached the small business and independent professional community yet, because no one has built simple yet efficient unified business software for this market.  
Small businesses (“SMBs”), however, make up 90% of US businesses and account for 70% of new job creation. When it comes to managing their cash, resource, and client assets, most rely on off-the-shelf accounting software such as Quickbooks (a favorite amongst accountants and bookkeepers). Several SaaS (“Software as a Service”) upstarts have emerged in recent years like Xero, Zoho, and others touting ease of use and online access as key benefits. 

These applications are cheaper than SaaS ERP systems but require a background in basic bookkeeping. As a result, data silos are formed between those with the requisite background and those without. Large companies have the resources and processes to synchronize and move business data across these silos. SMBs, however, have neither the resources nor processes to manage this. 

Other silo’d software offerings have popped up – from scheduling, to payment processing, to invoicing – but this just adds work and cost to the business owner. I personally know one handyman business owner who uses 4 different mobile apps and 3 software subscriptions to run his company. This is just “what’s available to me” he says.  

A Mobile Solution What SMBs (i.e., handymen, plumbers, etc.) are missing is a day-to-day tool to manage cash, resources and clients – simple as that. That’s why we built PocketSuite, a startup re-thinking ERP for micro businesses eager to streamline and grow their operations.  

 At a high level, PocketSuite lets businesses: 

  • Publish their work availability online 
  • Accept real-time booking requests from clients (online & via the app) 
  • Sync all appointments to/from iCal, Google and most other calendar software 
  • Communicate directly with clients (i.e., text message, send documents, share photos) 
  • Send clients secure quotes to lock in upfront payment 
  • Get paid (via direct deposit) within 24 hours from when job is complete 
  • Amass verified reviews to be shared with friends & family of clients 

PocketSuite is a mobile-first ERP technology, limiting the amount of time business owners need to be stuck in front of a computer all day long. For more information, visit http://www.pocketsuite.io/ to see which PocketSuite plan is right for you (Basic vs. Pro).  

The Future for SMBs Upstarts like PocketSuite provide a glimpse into the future of ERP for small businesses: affordable, easy to install, task oriented, no data silos, and communication built into the core. Software offerings should strive to let SMB owners spend less time managing logistics, and more time doing what they love – their work.

 

Grow Plumbing is here to support you with all of your business endeavors. When it comes to running a plumbing business, we understand that sometimes we need to access for ways to run our plumbing business more efficiently. Efficiency is key when running a plumbing business, and can help free up funds for other areas, like plumbing marketing. To learn more about PocketSuite and other ways to help you run your plumbing business more efficiently please contact us today www.Growplumbing.com or 310 – 546 – 1980.

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