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December 2019

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.