As you move through your busy days, you probably don’t think much about your plumbing. We take the modern conveniences of plumbing for granted. We turn on the faucet or the shower and expect the water to be there and be the right temperature.
Like everything though, eventually, the pipes in your home will start to break down and will need to be replaced. The question is, do you know when that time is? Do you the signs that tell you your home needs repiping? If not, here are a few helpful hints to guide you on your way.
1. Water pressure - Does your water pressure leave something to be desired? Do you turn the faucet on to full blast only to get a small stream? One of the biggest signs of faulty or failing piping is a lack of water pressure. Read more
Taking care of your “business” in the bathroom is not exactly dinnertime conversation. People tend to avoid any type of discussion that delves deeper than simply “using the bathroom”. However, if you’ve watched any television in the past few months, you know companies are now promoting flushable wipes, something once reserved for babies, now handy for all ages.
But are they the best thing to use every day? Will they flush smoothly ever time? And what will happen to your plumbing once you’ve flushed multiple wipes over the course of a few days?
Flushable wipes are a consumer’s dream come true and every plumber’s nightmare. While clogs can develop from any number of items, plumbers will now tell you one of the most common causes of a clog is flushable wipes.
Flushable wipes are quite similar to baby wipes. Just like a baby wipe, these flushable wipes are used to keep your nether regions clean. But unlike toilet paper, these flushable wipes simply do not disintegrate as they move through your plumbing system. While one or two may move through the pipes, when you send multiple wipes down over time, the clogging begins.
Consumer Reports did a test on flushable wipes and found that after 30 minutes of simulated swirling (just like a toilet bowl) the wipe was still intact. (You can watch the video here.) The wipe showed no signs of even beginning to break down.
If you are a fan of flushable wipes, it may be time to rethink your actions. For the sake of your plumbing, either dispose of flushable wipes in the trashcan or stop using them. It only takes a few wipes to get hung up in your pipes for a major disaster to happen. No matter what the packaging says, flushable wipes are not flushable.
The last time you looked in your medicine cabinet you probably noticed a smorgasbord of medicines. Generally, a medicine cabinet contains everything from aspirin and ibuprofen to sinus medications and cough syrup. Somewhere in the mix, there is a pretty good chance that you have a few prescription medications too.
And because the medicine cabinet is used for storage, those prescriptions range from things you took last week, to things you took several years ago. It is not uncommon for people to keep old prescriptions – not because they have plans of taking the expired medication, but because they forget about the meds or they just do not know what to do with them.
The official government policy for disposing of old prescription medications involves either flushing them or throwing them in the trash. In most cases, you should take your old meds, mix them with other garbage (cat litter, coffee grounds, etc.) in a Ziploc bag before tossing them. Read more
As homeowners age, they are rejecting the idea of moving to a stark, sterilized institution. Many aging homeowners are choosing rather to remodel their current home to accommodate their changing health needs. What are the top 5 plumbing tips homeowners can apply to their changing needs?
1. No threshold showers - Showers are a common feature of a more handicap accessible bathroom, but the threshold can still present a tripping hazard. Many age in place remodels are transitioning to the use of “edgeless” showers. When combined with slip resistant flooring, this type of shower can accommodate personal hygiene needs while minimizing the dangers associated with a regular shower. Read more
Your home’s plumbing is essential to your quality of life. With backed-up plumbing, you face potential contaminations, high repair bills, and a loss of the simpler things, like taking a bath. The key to keeping your plumbing operating at its best is to understand it. Knowledge is your best weapon against future plumbing problems. The following information will help educate you on the ins and outs of your plumbing.
Your plumbing is not just a single system. It actually consists of two systems – the incoming freshwater and the outgoing wastewater. In other words, you have one system for clean water that comes into your home. You also have another system for the dirty water (baths, toilets, sinks) that leaves your home.
The two systems DO NOT overlap. If your clean water mixes with your dirty water, you run the risk of contamination. This can be a threat to your health. All plumbing systems must have two separate sub-systems for fresh and wastewater. Read more
Have you ever gone on vacation to another city, and found the drinking water to be terrible? It tastes bad, it smells funny, or leaves an aftertaste in your mouth. So you buy bottled water for the rest of your visit.
Why does the water quality change from city to city? We’re here in America, how can it be that different from place to place?
A wide variety of things have an impact on our drinking water. Not only can it change from state to state, but also right there within your own community. Here are 5 things that may have an impact. Read more
Cleaning products have come a long way over the years. While you can still find products that contain harsh chemicals, many manufacturing companies have become environmentally conscious. Society understands that every little bit helps and this includes cleaning products.
Just as cars have become more fuel efficient and kinder to the environment, cleaning products have evolved, too. Today, consumers can choose from a variety of environmentally friendly products that are better for the environment, while still doing their job.
Keeping your faucets clean and shiny was often left to harsh, abrasive cleaners. Today, you can use environmentally friendly products to clean your faucets and they will still look beautiful. While you can make a trip to the store for these products, you can also make your own. Read more
There is a common saying that what you don’t know won’t hurt you. Well, I’m here to suggest yet another area where this old adage is wrong. When it comes to your plumbing and your water supply, in an emergency, what you don’t know can hurt you…quite a bit. Here are a few common questions regarding shutting off the water supply to your home.
1. Is there a way to shut off all the water to my house or to my property?
Yes, there is a way to shut off all water to either your house or your property. If you discover water leaking all over the house at midnight, you can shut off the water supply to the building at the main shut off valve. If the issue is in the property, there is a primary shut off valve that will cut the supply of water to the house and the yard. Read more
Have you noticed an increase in your water bill recently?
Have you evaluated all of your water habits and determined that there have been no changes from your normal routine?
Have you checked your plumbing for obvious leaks and found none?
Are you at a loss as to why you are using more water?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you could be the victim of one of the sneakier water leaks – a leaky toilet.