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Garbage disposals and grease

A misguided thought people often have is that it's okay to pour grease down a garbage disposal. The disposal does not have a special mechanism inside of it that destroys the grease, and the blades won't have much effect either. Instead, the blades will become less effective after repeated coatings of grease.
A few warning signs that will alert you of an impending blocked drain include slow drainage, gurgling noises coming from the drain, and a bad smell. If you can't seem to get rid of the clog yourself, call in a plumberto take care of the problem.

pouring grease or oil down the drain


You've probably been warned at some point in your life that pouring grease or oil down the drain is a bad idea. Everyone has their lazy days, though, and you've probably ignored this warning in favor of a quick cleanup. Pouring trace amounts of grease down the drain once, while not a good thing, probably won't cause any serious blockages in your pipes, but if you frequently dispose of cooking oil and other grease deposits in the sink, then you have a problem building in your pipes. Many people think that running hot water down the drain will keep grease from sticking, but unfortunately that's not entirely true. Oil may be going into your drain as a liquid but as it cools and trails through your pipes, it starts to solidify. When the grease has cooled, it often sticks to the surface of the pipes, eventually causing a buildup.

Hot Water Heater Services

Cold showers should always be a choice, never the last resort. The beauty of a water heater is that it provides us the luxury of temperature control for our daily use of water. When that control is lost and your water heater fails, you are trapped with one option and one option only: enduring constant cold water.Every day, thousands of water heaters in Mercer County New Jersey are maintaining a reservoir of hot water so that it is constantly accessible to you with the lift of a handle or turn of a knob. When things go awry with your unit, you may notice issues such as: Inconsistent or Lukewarm Heat Poor Tasting or Smelling Tap Water Frequently Running Out of Hot Water Leaking Water Heater Pilot Light Keeps Going Out. there is always potential for your water heater to experience one of these issues. When it comes to your water heater, we are equipped to perform maintenance, repairs, replacements, and also hot water heater installations. When You Need Water Heater Repair Just give us a call, It’s pretty simple…. When you notice unusual issues such as dirty water spouting out or no hot water at all, it’s important to schedule service for a water heater repair. Even more so, setting up recurring water heater maintenance will help address problems early on as well as assuring that your unit is working at its best. As with anything in life, the more you take care of your water heater, the greater the reward. Benefits in repair and maintenance of your unit include: Lower Water System Operational Costs Conserve Energy and Water Improve Efficiency Increase the Life Expectancy of the Water Heater Reduce Potential For Contamination When You Need Professional Water Heater Replacement You guessed it! Just call J Downs Plumbing! Whether traditional or tankless water heaters, neither are invincible. Eventually, age and perpetual use will get the best of your unit. If your unit is over 10 years old, constantly leaking, or needing consistent repairs, these could be indicators that call for a hot water heater installation. Yes, it is an investment, but, with a brand-new hot water heater installation in your home, you are earning way more long term including: Is the water heater home over 10 years old, or constantly leaking? Is the corrosion from the leaks causing water to pool at the base of the tank? If so, it’s time to completely replace your water heater. Reduced Cost of Energy Bills Peace of Mind Better Temperature Regulation Cleaner Water Whether it’s a routine maintenance, a repair, or a complete installation.

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5 Things that Can Damage Your Plumbing

Your home’s plumbing can stop working for any number of reasons.
Your home’s plumbing can stop working for any number of reasons. Sometimes, you’ve done something that ruined your drains without even knowing it. But most of the time when something goes wrong, it’s nothing you did wrong, but something else entirely. These causes are tree roots, kitchen grease, septic problems, and aging water heaters.

Tree Roots

Yes, that’s right. Tree roots present a danger to your home’s plumbing. Even though most of the trees you see in your yard or on your street have yet to wake up, that doesn’t mean their roots aren’t active. Given enough time, roots can invade anything, even the foundations of homes and businesses. The solution to this is a machine called a rooter, which will go in and remove the presence of roots.

Kitchen Grease

Believe it or not, kitchen grease can gum up the works too. If you’ve just finished cooking dinner and feel a bit nauseous at the thought of all that grease, just wait until it ends up in your plumbing.

Septic Problems

There also some things that should never go down your toilet, because these will cause all sorts of septic problems. Bleach and paint are two common household items that you should never dispose of through your septic tank. You should also probably not try to dispose of trash this way, either.

Garbage

Likewise, even if you generate a lot of trash, it should go outside. And when it goes outside, it should go outside by traditional means. In other words: take out your trash the old-fashioned way and don’t put garbage down your pipes.

Aging Water Heaters

You might not expect your water heater's to cause any problems. Still, depending on how old they are, you might want to get them repaired or replaced. The only way to tell is to conduct regular inspections, and for that you should call the experts at J Downs Plumbing to come.

 

Home heating system

Time to get your heater,boiler or furnace up and running check for any repairs needed before winter months arise check filters, look for any leaks and make sure when you turn on your heat it turns on.Maybe even have your heat by a licensed plumber.







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About water lines and sewer lines

Homes have exterior water and sewer service lines that can wear out over time and are subject to shifting soil and invading tree roots. Problems can be sudden and result in unexpected water line leaks and breaks, as well as sewer line clogs, blocks and overflows. This can result in: 
  • Sewage backing up into the home
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  • Property damage
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  • Pooling water
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  • Low water pressure
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  • Unusually high water bills
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  • Inability to wash your hands or shower
  • Tips That will Save Water
  • , and MoneyWater conservation should be a primary concern to all responsible people. Whether for drinking, cleaning, bathing, or gardening, when the warmer weather moves in our water usage usually rises significantly. That’s because there’s a lot of water-related chores and activities associated with the changes in the temperature outside.Water resources aren’t as abundant as we may think. Sure, the world is mainly covered with oceans and lakes, but most of it isn’t fit for human consumption. Add the fact that major parts of the U.S. have experienced drought conditions for a number of years now and it’s safe to say every drop counts.That being the case, consider some of the following tips for water conservation around the home this summer.

  • Home Water Conservation 

  • TipsYard Water Savings
    • Hose: Instead of holding the garden hose and shooting a stream of water across the yard towards vegetation that needs to be fed try using the hose as a means of transporting water to plants. Then aim for the base of plants because that’s where water counts the most. Otherwise, it will fall in areas you do not intend to cultivate.

    • Drip irrigate: Even if you don’t live in an arid region like Austin, Texas, drip irrigation systems can be used to conserve water and hiring a plumber for installation isn’t necessary. The system consists of rubber tubing with holes that is connected on one end to an exterior spigot while the rest is carefully placed near plants and bushes. When the spigot is turned on small amounts of water exit the holes feeding nearby vegetation.

    • Morning watering: Feed the yard and garden in the early morning when water won’t evaporate quickly from the sun. Doing so will keep roots healthy throughout the day,

    Kitchen Water Savings

    • Faucet regulator: Install a faucet regulator on your kitchen sink so water will never shoot out at full strength when initially turned on. If needed it could be adjusted for a steadier stream but in general will prevent a lot from flowing down the drain and being wasted.
    • Washing dishes: If necessary, let dishes soak in a tub to soften leftover crud and turn off water when scrubbing dishes. Only turn on the faucet to rinse.
    • Reuse: The kitchen presents many opportunities to reuse water for the garden or houseplants Some examples include water from boiling eggs, steaming veggies, and leftover water in the tea kettle.

    Bathroom Water Savings

    • Toilet: Depending on the type of toilet, each pull of the handle can down several gallons of water, so don’t flush just for the sake of getting rid of a dirty tissue. A waste basket is for trash so only flush when necessary.
    • Brushing teeth: There’s no need to keep the water running when brushing teeth. Like washing dishes turn it on when you need to rinse. When left on the water is simply being wasted down the drain.
    • Shower: As you wait for the perfect temperature have a bucket handy to catch the first bit of water coming out of the shower head. It can then be reused in the garden, to wash floors, or to flush the toilet. Also, turn the shower off when soaping up and then back on again to rinse off. Doing so shouldn’t be uncomfortable in the warmer weather and can save gallons upon gallons of water.
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