Keeping Those Pipes Running Smoothly

A Few Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Handle Your Grease Trap Cleaning

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Few Reasons To Hire A Plumber To Handle Your Grease Trap Cleaning

If you own or operate a restaurant, you will need to have some type of grease trap between your sinks and the main sewage system. This must be cleaned regularly to keep wastewater and sewage from backing up into your kitchen. While you may think this task is something you or an employee can handle, there are a few good reasons for hiring a professional to do it for you. Legal Issues In many areas, there are laws covering the disposal and transportation of inedible kitchen grease and waste from grease traps. You may be required to have records and documentation as to when and how the grease trap was cleaned and what was done with the waste that was pulled out of it. It may not be legal to just add this waste into the used kitchen oil barrel, so you will need to find a place to put it while waiting for the proper authorities to remove it from your establishment. You may have to pay to have it hauled away. Performing Maintenance It might be possible for you or an employee to remove the top of the grease trap and scoop out all the solidified grease and gunk. However, you may not know how to look for any problems in the system or how to fix them. The grease and debris in a grease trap and the pipes leading to and from it are very good at causing clogs. A plumber has the tools and knowledge to clean out the entire system. He or she will not just scoop out the main holding tank and be done with it. In addition, if there are any small leaks or problems that require repair, a plumber, like those at AAA Pumping Service, can do it. Unpleasant Task There are many tasks that go along with owning and running a restaurant that are unpleasant, but few, if any, can compare to cleaning a grease trap. Even when the unit is maintained routinely, the job is nasty. It will have to be done after the restaurant is closed and no customers remain due to the smell. You will need to have adequate ventilation during the task or the smell may still be there when you are ready to open for business the next day. In addition, it is a greasy, dirty, time-consuming job. If you have an employee doing it, you are going to have to pay for the extra hours and should pay him or her more for the unpleasantness of the task. The best way to ensure your grease trap is cleaned and properly maintained in accordance with local laws is to hire professionals to handle the task. You set up the appointment, let the service people into the establishment after everyone else has left, and then come back a few hours later to lock the place back up. The professionals will have cleaned and repaired the grease trap, hauled away the waste, and have aired the building out for...

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How To Remove Hair Clogs From Your Bathroom Drains

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Remove Hair Clogs From Your Bathroom Drains

Hair is a primary culprit in clogged bathroom drains. While individual hairs are easily broken, collected hair can have tensile strength that requires removing it from drains in pieces. Like the visible tip of an iceberg, the hairs that you see draped across your sink or tub drain strainer may be holding a mass of hair and soap just beneath the surface. Removing a mass of hair from your bathroom drain is not for the faint of heart. It is a slime coated, smelly mess that must be pulled and cut gradually so pieces of the mass don’t fall farther into the drain pipe. What you will need: Scissors They will be used to cut the hair mass into pieces.Smaller scissors are best for this job, because they need to fit inside the sink drain strainer. Screwdriver As you cut the long hairs that are draped across the sink strainer, you will pull them and wrap them around the screwdriver. Plastic gloves Thin plastic surgical type gloves will be more effective than thick rubber gloves, because you will need to grasp and hold wet, slippery hair clogs. Removing the hair clogs from your sink strainer If your drain is running slowly, allow the water to run out before you begin. Start by cutting the hairs that are stretched across your sink strainer. Grasp and pull them as much as possible, then wrap them around  your screwdriver. This will give you additional leverage and a better grip. As you attempt to pull the hair mass through the spokes of the strainer, make small cuts with your scissors around the sides of the mass. Don’t cut the hairs that are wrapped around your screwdriver.  As you trim and reshape the hair mass, grasp it with your fingertips and pull it through the spokes of the strainer. You will need to alternate between cutting and pulling on the mass, while still keeping it secured to your screwdriver so it doesn’t fall into the drain pipe. Eventually, you will be able to pull the balance of the mass through the spokes of the strainer. Preventing hair clogs You can buy hair strainers that are designed to fit over your existing drain strainer. Because they are simple round plastic discs, they may be displaced by being stepped upon in a shower or tub, or removed voluntarily from a sink strainer after being covered with expelled toothpaste. The best way to be sure that the hair strainers are kept in place is to assign hair clog removal duty to offending family members. This is one “hair-raising” experience that no one will want to perform a second time. For professional help with a drain clog, contact a professional like Doctor...

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Clues That The Clog In Your Drains Really Needs A Plumber

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clues That The Clog In Your Drains Really Needs A Plumber

Almost everyone has experienced a clog drain at one time or another. It could have been a buildup of hair in the shower drain, grease in the sink drain, or too much paper in the toilet. For the most part, you can take care of these clogs with the right plunger or some baking soda and vinegar. However, some clogs require professional intervention. These may be due to a broken pipe, tree roots, or a small clog that has grown and stuck since being pushed through to the main drain. Here are a few clues that the clog you are dealing with is more than a simple one and you should call a plumber. Gurgling Sounds in Different Places If you hear gurgling in the kitchen when the bathtub is trying to drain, it usually means the water is trying to find a way out of the house. You may even hear gurgling in multiple places as the water passes by the different drains. Usually, this will happen with all the drains at the same time. In addition, all the drains may be draining slowly. Water Backing Up in Different Places Having water backing up into fixtures that are not currently draining is a sign the clog is not limited to one area. You may see the bathtub filling with water when you flush the toilet or run the washing machine. It is also common to have the toilet overflowing when the shower is being used or the bathtub drains. Water Pooling in the Yard When it Hasn’t Rained If you notice water, or even bits of toilet paper around the house, it is a sign that sewage is backing up through the sewer clean out pipe. Normally, this is located close to the house, where a bathroom is located and often behind bushes or other landscaping. This occurs when the clog is not in the house at all, but somewhere in the pipes buried in your yard. Unless you are using multiple drains at the same time, for example, running the washing machine while someone is bathing and someone else using the toilet, the water may not back up in your home when the clog is this deep. The sewer clean out pipe will allow for the water to leave the building; it will just overflow into the yard. When the clog is not close to a drain, but somewhere deeper into the system, using a plunger is only going to push it further away. Unless you have experience opening up a wall or floor, or digging up the yard, you should call in the professionals. They can pinpoint where the clog is and take care of it quickly and safely, without doing any further damage to your pipes. For more information about protecting your pipes, contact a professional company like Backlund...

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Simple Security Strategies For Your Outdoor Parties And Events

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Security Strategies For Your Outdoor Parties And Events

It’s important not to overlook security when you plan your next big outdoor event or party, but don’t let your precautions impact the hospitality felt by guests when they arrive at your gathering. There are some practical and effective ways to handle security, particularly at outdoor parties or functions, that will ensure guests enjoy themselves, and are safe doing it. Make a security plan, and implement these simple, sensible tactics at your event: Set boundaries. When you decide to host an event or party outside, you need to set up some sort of boundary or perimeter to keep guests contained and intruders out. Choices for these barriers include fencing, security guards, or even metal detectors; depending on the size and nature of your event, you may want to incorporate a couple of different methods. The primary purpose of setting up barriers is to know who is coming in and staying out of your function.  Provide porta-potties. It really makes the most sense to rent porta-potties and avoid a line forming inside your home, a business, or other venue when guests want to use the facilities. This keeps people out of the way when you are preparing for your event, and out of the way of caterers, performers, or others involved in organizing your event. Plus, guests will appreciate the convenience of having toilets near the venue. Contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc for help with porta-potties. Inform the authorities. It is not a bad idea to give a heads-up to local law enforcement, parking authorities, landlords, or neighbors when planning to host a party or event. Let them know how many people you expect to attend, the nature of your event, and any potential issues that could concern you, such as interference with traffic flow or an increased number of pedestrians in the area that day. Predict problems. Depending on the type of event you have and the guests that attend, there may be some distinctive issues that arise. Plan ahead as to the best way to cope with them before they happen. For instance, what will you do if a guest is visibly intoxicated and planning to drive home, or how will you deal with a child that has been separated from a parent in the crowd? Plan for medical emergencies. Never host or plan an event without some idea of what to do in the case of a medical emergency. It is always best to have a medical professional on hand, and some may attend the party as a special invited guest only offering services if a situation arises. If this isn’t viable, be sure that there is an adequate first aid kit on site and that there is a designated individual to drive individuals to a nearby hospital if needed. Make guests feel welcome. If you do hire security personnel to attend your event, focus on developing a warm and friendly atmosphere for your guests. Have personnel engage with guests, and perhaps encourage them to wear less formal attire than a security uniform. It is good to be able to identify security by sight, but it is also important that they don’t come across as intimidating or unfriendly. Guests and attendants at your function deserve to be safe and secure on the premises. Implement these...

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Pros And Cons Of Different Drain Line Piping

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Different Drain Line Piping

Choosing the right plumbing for your home depends on the types of pipes being replaced. Pipes can generally be divided into two categories: supply or drain. Supply lines are what carries the water around your home. Drain lines carry used water and waste out of your home and to the proper disposal sites. When choosing drain line replacements, you want to go with a material that is durable with a long lifespan so that you don’t have to worry about your drains failing in the near future. What are some of the best plumbing materials for drain lines? The answer depends on what you have now and what you can afford to install as replacement. Cast Iron Cast iron pipes aren’t used anymore so this isn’t an option for a new installation. But if you have existing pipework that’s cast iron, you can likely leave the pipes as they are until you are better able to fully replace the plumbing. Cast iron can last up to 100 years thanks to the durable material. Unfortunately, this type of pipe has been used for so long that your pipes might still be near the end of their lives. If you don’t have any records showing when the cast iron was installed, call in a plumber, like the ones at Midwestern Plumbing Service, for an inspection. If the pipes don’t have any damage or corroded areas, you are likely safe to leave the cast iron in place until a more convenient time. PVC Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, piping is a light-colored plastic plumbing material that has an indefinite lifespan. PVC is resistant to damage and corrosion from chemicals and minerals in the pipes. For drain pipes, you want plumbing that bears the stamp Schedule PVC 40. This label shows that the piping is strong enough to safely act as a drain line and carry both hot and cold water. Always check with a local plumber to find out about any additional plumbing codes in your area that might apply to PVC. Some areas don’t allow PVC for advanced waste applications due to the installation nature. PVC segments are attached by inserting one segment end into another segment end and then gluing the segments together. This fitting method is fairly stable but can come lose if not installed properly. So it’s vital you call in professional assistance if you opt for PVC piping. Copper Copper lines can last well over 50 years due to being corrosion resistant. While copper tends to cost more than PVC and some other plumbing materials, the reliability and sturdy fittings of the plumbing keep copper among the most popular options. For a drain line, you want rigid copper piping that meets local codes for waste lines. Call in a plumber for the installation, which involves specialized cutting and soldering to attach the pipe segments with fittings that compress the ends...

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How To Repair A Leaky Pipe In Your Kitchen

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Repair A Leaky Pipe In Your Kitchen

If you have a leaky pipe under your sink, you need to fix it right away so the leak doesn’t get worse. When a pipe leaks under the kitchen sink, the water will pool on the bottom side of the cabinet each time the water is turned on and every time there is water in the sink. This will eventually lead to the development of mold and will cause the wood to become damaged to the point where it needs full replacement. The longer you leave the leak, the worse the leak will get. You can learn how to fix a leaky pipe in this article so you can avoid these issues. Prepare the work area Before you begin working on repairing the leak, you want to prepare the work area. Do this by turning off the water to your sink so you don’t have to worry about water coming in the pipes while you have them disconnected from one another. Put a towel on the bottom of the cupboard to catch any excess water. Take a mop bucket and place it directly under the pipes you are going to be repairing. You may also want to wear knee pads, since you are going to be on your knees for a good length of time. Repair the leaky pipe If the pipe is leaking at the joint, you may be able to repair it by adding some plumber’s tape to the end of the pipe. You should be able to loosen the connections on the pipe by hand. If they are too tight, you can use a pipe wrench. Remove the affected pipe and dry it off with a clean rag. Take the plumber’s tape and wrap it around the ends of the pipe tightly. Put the pipe back in place, hand-tighten the connections and turn the water back on to test for a leak. If a pipe under your sink has a crack, then you need to replace the pipe. Take it off just as you would for a pipe leaking from the joint, and take it to the nearest hardware store. Purchase the same pipe and tape plumbers tape on both ends. Put the new pipe in place and tighten the connections. If you are dealing with a more serious plumbing problem, then it’s important for you to have a professional plumber, like South Side Plumbing & Heating Co. Inc., come out as soon as possible. The longer you put off a plumbing repair, the worse the situation will...

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How To Inspect And Clean The Blower Fan Blades On A Gas Furnace

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Inspect And Clean The Blower Fan Blades On A Gas Furnace

Life changes once you own a home. Many of the things that you took for granted while renting you now have to do on your own. One thing that you need to make sure of before the fall and winter heating season begins is that your furnace is ready to be turned on and start heating your home. Filthy blower fan blades can prevent your furnace from operating a full capacity. Here is how you can inspect and clean the blower fan blades on a gas furnace. Safety First Make sure you shut off the electricity and gas to the furnace before you start working on the blower. Inspection Remove the panel covering the blower, and reach in until you can touch the blades on the fan. If the fan blades are covered with dirt and debris, you’ll need to remove the blower wheel to clean them. Removing the Blower Wheel Disconnect the electrical wire harness running from the furnace to the blower. Remove the screws holding the blower to the bracket inside the furnace. Slide the blower out of the furnace and place it on a work table. Here’s how you to remove the blower wheel: Remove the nut from the motor shaft (this is necessary so you can slide the motor shaft out of the blower wheel). Turn the blower housing unit over and remove the nuts on the motor bracket. Slide the motor out of the blower wheel and set it aside. The blower wheel should be completely loose in the housing unit. Take the blower wheel out of the housing unit for cleaning. Cleaning the Fan Blades Take the blower wheel outside and soak it down with a garden hose. Let the water soak into the debris and dirt to loosen it up. You can use a stiff-bristled toothbrush or a small steel bristled brush to scrub at the dirt and debris. You should move from one blade to the next. After you’ve done a little scrubbing, you should stop and hose the blower wheel down so you can see how much debris remains on the fan blades. Keep repeating this procedure until the fan blades are completely clean. Let the blower wheel dry before putting everything back together. You should also take to time to remove the dirt and debris from the housing unit, motor, and the furnace compartment where the blower goes so that dirt doesn’t quickly end up getting caked onto the fan blades when you turn the furnace on for the winter. Put the blower unit back together in the opposite way in which you took it apart, slide it back on bracket, and screw it back into place. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc. or a similar...

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Naturally Clean Your Bathtub Drain And Get It Flowing Again

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Naturally Clean Your Bathtub Drain And Get It Flowing Again

If you are awaiting houseguests and your bathtub’s drain has chosen today to stop working, then there is no time to waste. Use this procedure to clear the drain and restore the water flow before your guests arrive: Remove Standing Water from the Bathtub If your bathtub stopped draining after someone bathed and there is water sitting in it, then you should bail the water out using a kitchen pot. The less water in the tub, the easier it will be to remove the offending clog. Remove the Tub Stopper To clear the drain, you first need to remove the bathtub stopper. Some stoppers can be screwed counterclockwise to remove them while others have a screw on them that you need to remove. Use a Wire Hook to Remove Hair from the Drain The most common offender in bathtub clogs is hair. The hair is naturally shed when you wash your hair and then it travels down the drain and becomes wrapped in the stopper, clogging the bend in the drain pipe. To remove the hair, bend a wire hanger until it is straight and has a small hook at one end. Place the hooked end into the drain and move it around to pull out all of the hair. You will need to repeat this process many times, and you will be shocked at the amount of hair you will retrieve. Wash and Clean the Drain Once all of the hair has been removed from the bathtub drain, then you should clean and sanitize the drain. To accomplish this without using any harsh cleaners, you can use the following: dish washing liquid baking soda vinegar To clean the drain, first wash it well with hot water. If the drain is still having flow issues, then you should place a liberal amount of baking soda into the drain. Follow the baking soda with a cup or two of white vinegar. This acid-base reaction will foam and form air pockets in any clog that remains in the drain. Let the vinegar and baking soda sit in the drain for about ten minutes to complete its reaction. Finally, you can sanitize the drain by placing a tablespoon of dish washing liquid into the drain and then rinsing it with the hottest water the tap will deliver. The dish washing liquid will remove any residual grease from the drain and make the drain smell clean and fresh. If you have a very stubborn clog and need help, contact plumbers like RK Knight...

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5 Benefits Of Handheld Showerheads

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Benefits Of Handheld Showerheads

If you are looking for some ways to improve on the amenities in your home’s bathroom then you may want to consider installing a handheld shower head in your shower. There are a lot of benefits that come with these types of showerheads, and you can learn about 5 of those benefits in this article. Help with mobility issues: If you suffer from mobility issues, it may be hard for you to get a complete shower. When you have access to a handheld showerhead, you can use it to wash all the areas you would normally have a hard time rinsing off in the shower. Help with painful areas: Many of the handheld showerheads come with different pulse settings. Some of these settings are massage settings. They offer relaxing pulses that feel similar to a massage. The pulses with very warm water can be great if you suffer from achy muscles or many other types of pain. You can hold the water on your sore areas for as long as you need, or until you run out of hot water! Easier to wash long hair: If you have very long hair, it can take a long time and a bit of work to make sure you rinse out all the shampoo and conditioner. You can put a handheld showerhead closer to your head to rinse it quicker and without hassle. Easier to clean your shower: Cleaning the sides of your shower will be easier when you have one of these showerheads. You can use it to rinse the cleaner off of all the surfaces of the shower instead of repeatedly filling a cup with water and splashing it on the walls of the shower. Easier to wash your pets: You may not always be able to wash your pets outside, depending on the weather where you live. Washing them in the bathtub with a cup of water to rinse them can be harder than it sounds. If you have one of these types of showerheads installed, you can wash your pets in the shower quickly and easily. Now that you have a good understanding of how installing a handheld showerhead can help you, it may be time for you to get one. If you aren’t familiar with tools, it may be best for you to hire a professional plumber to come out and install the new showerhead in your shower for...

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Three Ways To Determine Whether Your Asphalt Driveway Can Take A Pipe Bursting Job

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Determine Whether Your Asphalt Driveway Can Take A Pipe Bursting Job

Pipe bursting is all but essential when you need to replace an aging plumbing pipe that runs below your property but don’t want to deal with all the collateral damage that digging a trench would cause. But since pipe bursting involves threading a new pipe into the old one and literally driving the old pipe apart, you’ll need to watch out for how the old pipe shifts your property’s ground. Determine whether your asphalt driveway can take the ground movement that pipe bursting will cause with these three methods. Pick At The Edges Of The Driveway With A Shovel And See What Comes Loose To find out how easily the middle of your asphalt driveway will break up due to force from below, simply pick at its edges with a shovel or other small metal tool. If you can easily cause small asphalt chunks to break away from the main body, your driveway is probably too weak to survive pipe bursting. This is especially true if the driveway isn’t on raised ground and you can’t easily dig up the dirt around the edge of it to get more leverage. Note How Much Of The Pipe In Question Actually Runs Across The Driveway The longer the pipe section that intersects the driveway, the more danger that the asphalt will be in. Unless your asphalt driveway is extremely new, you should be very wary of going ahead with pipe bursting if the damaged pipe runs straight under and parallel to it. Observe How Long It Takes Rain On The Driveway To Dry A decaying asphalt driveway that’s inundated with rainwater will take longer to dry because it doesn’t have as smooth of a surface as it once did. Even if you can’t see them, tiny imperfections and indentations in aging asphalt can hold sizable pools of water. As more and more water evaporates off the asphalt, this excess water will come out of its hiding places and keep your driveway wet for longer than normal. To find out whether your driveway is taking longer than normal to dry, simply set an alarm on your phone for a few hours after a rainstorm. Then, photograph your driveway and set the alarm for another hour in the future. Repeat the process until the driveway is clearly dry. For best results, use one of your neighbors’ newer driveways as a reference point. Photograph both of the driveways and note which one of them looks drier in each photo. To learn more, contact a company like South West...

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