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Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:57

Solving Hot Water Pressure Problems

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Low hot water pressure can worsen over time as sediment, rust and mineral deposits accumulate in pipes and inside the water heater. Galvanized pipes are especially prone to clogging over time.

Another common source of low hot water pressure is faucet aerators that have a buildup of mineral deposits. To remove mineral build up from aerators and shower heads, remove them from the fixture and soak them overnight in vinegar.

Finally, the water heater itself may be clogged or simply worn out. Accumulated sediment in the water heater tank can reduce heating efficiency over time. Check you water heater owner's manual for instructions on flushing the water heater tank. If the water heater is more than 10 years old it's probably more cost effective to replace it rather than repair it, since a new water heater will offer higher efficiency.

Have plumbing questions? Call ABC Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 01:56

Preventing Drain Disasters During the Holidays

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The holidays can be particularly demanding on your home's plumbing system, and especially drains. With the extra demands brought on by holiday visitors and large meals, the risk of clogs increases significantly.

Here are some tips to avoid drain problems during the holidays.
1. Deep frying your turkey this year? Remember to never dispose of fryer grease down the drain! Even a floor drain. Instead, put it in a sealed container and freeze it if possible before putting it in the garbage.

2. Coffee ground should not be put down the drain or disposal.

3. Make sure your kitchen and bath drains have a grate or screen to prevent debris like hair and other waste from building up in the drain pipe.

4. Rinse the drain with hot water to prevent oil and grease from accumulating.

Have a clogged drain?

If all else fails to clear your clogged drain, Call ABC. We're here to help anytime.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:54

Troubleshooting Your Garbage Disposal

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First, for your safety, never place your hand inside the disposal!

It may seem obvious, but first check that the disposal is plugged in. If the disposal is plugged in, check the reset button located on the bottom of the disposal if the button has popped out, push it back in. If these steps do not work, check the circuit breaker to see if it has tripped. If the disposal still won't turn on and it is not making a humming sound, then there is an electrical problem with the unit.

Slow Disposal Drain

Slow draining of a garbage disposal can be caused by a number of problems. Assuming you've given the disposal enough time to run and clear the garbage, you probably have a clogged drain line.

We recommend against using chemical drain cleaners in a garbage disposal. You can damage the disposal and aside from being ineffective, most drain cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can cause severe skin irritation and damage to plastic and metal surfaces.

Preventing Disposal Problems

Avoid grinding coffee grounds, potato peels and eggshells. They stick to any waste in the pipe and are likely to create a clog. You can keep your disposal working by occasionally grinding up pieces of lemon peel and ice cubes.

Need plumbing help? Call ABC Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 20:54

The Hazards of Chemical Drain Cleaners In The Home

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The Hazards of Chemical Drain Cleaners In The Home

Household drain cleaners are among the most dangerous chemicals found in American households. They can not only be dangerous to your family's health, but can also damage your home's plumbing system.

Chemical drain cleaners are available in several forms. Alkaline drain openers contain sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Acidic drain cleaners contain concentrated sulphuric acid. Other chemicals found in drain cleaners include bleach and lye.

While drain cleaners can be effective at removing organic matter from the immediate area below the drain opening, they are not as effective on tougher clogs that form further down the drain pipe, particularly toilet and sewer line clogs.

Because most chemical drain cleaners will cause a chemical reaction when coming in contact with the organic matter clogging the drain, it's essential that they be added slowly and that you protect your face and skin from any potential contact with the chemicals. Contact with the chemicals can cause burns, blindness and inflammation to your respiratory system.

Chemical drain cleaners can also corrode pipes, and damage other materials in your kitchen or bathroom, such as wood, paint, aluminum and fiberglass.

The Advantages of Professional Drain Cleaning

The safest – and most effective - alternative to clearing clogged drains is to call a professional plumber. A plumber uses mechnical means to physically remove the toughest clogs that chemical drain cleaners either cannot reach or fully dissolve.

Best of all, you won't need to store hazardous chemicals in your home, risking your family's health and potential damage to your plumbing system.

The next time you have a clogged drain emergency, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We'll arrive in minutes not hours to clear your clogged drains, FAST.
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