How can I prolong the life of my plumbing fixtures and water heater?
The best way to prolong the life of your plumbing fixtures is to install a water softener or water conditioner in your home since these systems are designed to stop scale build-up, protect the pipes and fixtures and make all appliances using water more efficient.
Why does my drain get clogged?
This usually happens because people are not careful of what they're putting down their drains. Kitchen drains are especially prone to large food particle build-up. Bathroom drains get clogged with oil residue from soaps, shampoos and hair. We recommend you to be conscious of what is put down the drains and treat them regularly with a drain cleaner to prevent serious and/or frequent clogs.
What causes my faucet to drip?
Faucet's dripping is usually a simple solution like replacing or rebuilding the internal mechanisms which is an easy and inexpensive fix.
How can I prevent leaking pipes?
Taking the time to inspect your pipes every now and then is the best way to prevent leaking pipes. If rust or lime is depositing on them, this may indicate a leak is starting. If a leak is starting, contact Orange Plumbing and Rooter right away to address the problem. Occasional inspections could stop a small problem before it turns into a big one. Leaking pipes can damage floors and belongings and become much more costly over time so detection early on is key.
What happens if my water heater is leaking?
You should call Orange Plumbing and Rooter right away if you detect a leak in your water heater. Leaking water heaters usually indicate the bottom of the tank has rusted and there are no good repairs for this problem. You most likely will need a new water heater
Is it a big deal if my toilet is running?
Not only is a running toilet annoying but it is a waste of water and money. Leaky toilets can cost $100 extra per year on your water bills. If the toilet continues to run into the bowl after it's flushed, it indicates that some part of the mechanism is out of order and needs to be replaced.
What can I put in my garbage disposal?
This can be a huge problem for homeowners! Some tips to keep your disposal in good condition are as follows:
1. Always run cold water when grinding to move waste all the way down the drain lines. Fats and grease congeal and harden in cold water so can be flushed through the system. Hot water should not be used because it can dissolve fats and grease which may accumulate in the drain line.
2. Almost all biodegradable food waste can be fed into disposers with the exception of a few: do not grind clam or oyster shells, cornhusks or other high fiber materials. And never put glass, plastic or metal non-food materials through your disposer. The list of ‘nevers' also includes bottle caps, tin covers or aluminum foil which are some of the most commonly found items by service technicians in clogged or broken disposers.
3. Maintaining your disposer is easy: grinding small bones and eggshells actually helps clean out your disposer by scraping away stubborn deposits or citric acid and pulp. Grinding ad little ice is another way to clean deposits and get rid of odors. For the most part disposers are self-cleaning.
Will a garbage disposal clog my pipes?
No a garbage disposal will not clog your pipes if it is used properly. However, the key to making sure that your disposer doesn't clog your pipes requires proper installation and then usage that is compliant with your particular model. Before installing any kind of garbage disposal, you have to make sure your drainage pipes are clear in the first place.
Why does water back up in my garbage disposal when I use the dishwasher?
Water backing up into your garbage disposal and sink is usually caused by food left in the disposal. If you leave food particles in the disposal and forget about them without grinding them up and sending them through the drain pipes with cold water, these particles will clog your drainage system. Since both the dishwasher and garbage disposal share the same drainage pipes, you will have plumbing problems in the kitchen if you don't ensure food particles from the disposal are cleared before using the dishwasher.
How long should a water heater last?
The longevity of a water heater depends on how well it is maintained, the water quality in your area, proper installation and amount of use. When you buy a water heater, it's always good to look at all the information that comes with it so you'll know what to expect. If you install your new water heater properly and maintain it you can expect great results. For example, if your water heater is guaranteed to last for six years, with proper maintenance, it will probably last for eight.