Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simple Tips To Fix A Clogged Drain


The fact is, most chemical drain cleaners generate heat through the use of caustic chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Lye) or reclaimed sulfuric acid (Battery Acid) Do You really want this stuff in your home? There are some safer methods.

Two simple plumbing tips:

Use a Plunger:
The plunger, referred to as the "plumber's friend", will often clear up the clogged or slow drain. If you do not already own a plunger you can purchase one at your local home improvement store.
You will need to get the most suction as possible. If you are working on a clogged double sink plug the other sink with a stopper or wet rag. (* plumbing tip put a thin coating of petroleum jelly on the base of the plunger to get a tighter fit and better suction) Place the plunger over the drain and push down - pull back just a bit without breaking the seal. Do this 10-15 times then pull up quickly. If the water rushes down the drain you're done. If not try the process again.
You can repeat this process several times however, if the clog remains after the first few times it may be time to try something else. If you can locate your trap under the sink, simply remove the clean-out plug and pull the materials causing the problem from the trap. This will require some tools and some minor working knowledge of plumbing. If you do not have access or do not want to try this on your own call a plumbing professional to assist you or simply try the natural enzymes below.
Using Natural Enzymes:
Another cause of a clogged drain could be a result of a build up of biofilm (and occasionally a small toy). Basically, biofilm is a glue like substance that holds clogs together. There are many products on the market today but how do you know if you are using the best of the best. If you are unsure or you simply want someone else to handle the issue for you - call your plumber. However, if you wish to tackle this very annoying plumbing issue look for a product that contains natural enzymes. Natural enzymes turn most drain build ups into harmless liquids and send them safely down the drain. In fact using a natural enzyme product on a monthly basis will keep your home's plumbing systems clean, safe and running freely for the lifetime of your home.
Brought to you by Michael Taggert, Licensed Master Plumber and Owner of Plumb Magic LLC. Mr. Taggert has over 20 years experience in the plumbing industry, studying and working under the tutelage of his father. Mr. Taggert brings his eye for design and quality to your home to make your plumbing woes disappear. www.PlumbMagicllc.com

Simple Tips To Fix A Clogged Drain


The fact is, most chemical drain cleaners generate heat through the use of caustic chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Lye) or reclaimed sulfuric acid (Battery Acid) Do You really want this stuff in your home? There are some safer methods.
Two simple plumbing tips:
Use a Plunger:
The plunger, referred to as the "plumber's friend", will often clear up the clogged or slow drain. If you do not already own a plunger you can purchase one at your local home improvement store.
You will need to get the most suction as possible. If you are working on a clogged double sink plug the other sink with a stopper or wet rag. (* plumbing tip put a thin coating of petroleum jelly on the base of the plunger to get a tighter fit and better suction) Place the plunger over the drain and push down - pull back just a bit without breaking the seal. Do this 10-15 times then pull up quickly. If the water rushes down the drain you're done. If not try the process again.
You can repeat this process several times however, if the clog remains after the first few times it may be time to try something else. If you can locate your trap under the sink, simply remove the clean-out plug and pull the materials causing the problem from the trap. This will require some tools and some minor working knowledge of plumbing. If you do not have access or do not want to try this on your own call a plumbing professional to assist you or simply try the natural enzymes below.
Using Natural Enzymes:
Another cause of a clogged drain could be a result of a build up of biofilm (and occasionally a small toy). Basically, biofilm is a glue like substance that holds clogs together. There are many products on the market today but how do you know if you are using the best of the best. If you are unsure or you simply want someone else to handle the issue for you - call your plumber. However, if you wish to tackle this very annoying plumbing issue look for a product that contains natural enzymes. Natural enzymes turn most drain build ups into harmless liquids and send them safely down the drain. In fact using a natural enzyme product on a monthly basis will keep your home's plumbing systems clean, safe and running freely for the lifetime of your home.
Brought to you by Michael Taggert, Licensed Master Plumber and Owner of Plumb Magic LLC.  Mr. Taggert has over 20 years experience in the plumbing industry, studying and working under the tutelage of his father.  Mr. Taggert brings his eye for design and quality to your home to make your plumbing woes disappear.  www.PlumbMagicllc.com

Monday, October 24, 2011

Proper Maintenance Of Your Garbage Disposal



By properly maintaining your garbage disposal will extend its life and prevent plumbing and drain disasters.
Lets face it - most of us have a garbage disposal in our homes and we do not treat them kindly. As a matter of fact, it is my opinion that we take this household appliance for granted. A poorly maintained or operated disposal can and will break down, block and clog the drains and cause an endless list-and dare I say- of expensive plumbing and drain disasters.
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Purchasing A Water Heater


So you are out to get a new water heater and the amount of choices is overwhelming you. You think to yourself "...what the heck am I doing?  I don't have a clue!"  I'd like to give you a little help.  What I would tell you fist is to consult with your plumber.  In fact, if you had a plumbing maintenance plan like our Wizards Plumbing Club, you wouldn't be worrying about this now.  The correct water heater that meets the needs of your home would be delivered and installed before you knew it.  But that is enough of the gratuitous plugs for the day--let's talk water heaters and FHR.

FHR?  What is that?
It's pretty simple and could probably be the most important thing you consider when buying a new water heater system.  Although many consumers buy water heaters based only on the size of the storage tank, the first-hour rating (FHR), provided on the Energy Guide label, is actually more important.  The FHR is a measure of how much hot water the heater will deliver during the busy hour.  A larger tank doesn't necessarily mean a higher FHR.  When you buy a water heater, estimate your household's peak-hour needs and use this information to choose the best fit for your family.

How do I figure out my household's peak-hour?
Don't worry, it is simple to estimate your peak usage.  While not scientific and exact this simple guide should give you enough information to make a smart purchase.  You can accomplish this by answering the following question:  Home many times in the peak hour of your family's day do you:
  • Shower (20 gallons avg)
  • Bathe (20 gallons avg)
  • Shave (2 gallons avg)
  • Washing hands and face (2 gallons avg)
  • Washing dishes by hand (4gallons avg)
  • Using the dishwasher (10 gallons avg)
  • Cooking (5 gallons avg)
  • Washing laundry (32 gallons avg)
So if your busiest water usage is at 6 p.m. the dishwasher is running, there is a load of laundry in the wash, and two people will take showers then your peak water us is 82 gallons per hour. You will need a tank with at least 82 gallon FHR, or fist hour rating.  Not accounting for low flow shower heads and faucet aerators your usage could be less but this is a good rule of thumb.  While most standard 40-50 gallon water heaters come close to this, you may need something with a bit larger FHR capacity.

Alright, one more gratuitous plug!  Our Plumb Magic Wizards Plumbing Club will help you in many ways but when it comes to your water heater our plan pays for itself.  We will extend the life of your water heater by maintaining it year after year and if and when it fails we will be there to install your new one immediately.  

Peace of mind...that's what is all about.