How To Fix a Hard-To-Turn Faucet

Bathroom FaucetSome plumbing changes in your home happen so slowly, you do not even realize anything is different. Faucets are a great example of this—one day you realize the faucet is difficult to turn, and wonder how it ever got that way. It did not become hard to turn overnight, but fixing a hard-to-turn faucet is a quick repair any homeowner can do themselves.

Several Sources

A hard-to-turn faucet can be caused by several problems. Your job is helped by knowing (through a little tinkering) what the cause is. Some clues:

How to Wash your Washing Machine

It is important to maintain your household appliances in order to get the maximum use possible out of them, cleaning being a major part of the maintenance process. A regular cleaning keeps appliances running efficiently and gives them a chance at reaching their maximum life expectancy. This includes your washing machine.

Types of Washing Machines

Because washing machines comes in many shapes, sizes, and types, each washer will require its own certain method of cleaning. The types of washers that you can choose from when you are in the market for a new washing machine include:

  • Front loading washers
  • Top loading washers
  • Laundry centers
  • Compact washers
  • All-in-one combos
  • Steam washers

Cleaning Methods for Each Type

Preventative Maintenance for your Plumbing

Throughout the year, a home’s plumbing system gets a lot of use. Frozen pipes, backed up septic systems, and leaks can all be prevented with periodic preventative maintenance on your plumbing. The following are quick and easy things a homeowner can do to maintain their plumbing.

Kitchen

Daily Preventative Maintenance Tips

  • Avoid placing hard food waste into the garbage disposal. This includes bones, dense and fibrous plant products, and stringy waste.
  • Use cold water to flush the disposal for at least 15 seconds before and after use.
  • Never pour grease or oil down the sink as this can cause clogs.

Monthly Preventative Maintenance

  • Grind ice cubes and citrus peels. This will clean and sharpen the disposal blades.
  • Clean the disposal and pipes by pouring baking soda into the drains and following it with vinegar. Let it sit for an hour or so and flush with running water.
  • Check all water connections and pipes leading to the appliances. Make sure there are no leaks and all connections are in good condition.

Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing

bathtubWinter is quickly approaching and that means it’s time to start your winter prep work. The best time to start winterizing your home is in early to late fall. Properly winterizing in late September or October will ensure that your home doesn’t suffer any damage from an early freeze. The winterizing process should include things like roof repair, plumbing maintenance, and light yard work.

One of the more important areas of the home to get ready for winter are any and all water pipes. Without proper winterizing, plumbing can freeze when the temperature drops down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but if they are exposed to cold air due to lack of insulation or cracks, they can also freeze at temperatures above the typical threshold. When pipes freeze they can burst, causing damage to the pipe and potentially causing water damage to your home.

Plumbing Tips for the Holidays

hot water recirculationThe holidays are upon us and that means big holiday meals. This is the time for family and friends, fun and cheer. It is not a time for plumbing troubles and headaches. Unfortunately, the chances of plumbing issues arising are higher during this time of the year.

The main reasons for increased chances of plumbing problems are that there more people in your home during this time. More people means more toilet flushing, extra showers, and more soap or hair going down drains. A busier kitchen means more water being used and more waste going down the sink drain and disposal. This includes excess grease finding it’s way down the drain, which can mean better chances of clogging.

You can avoid these plumbing disasters by following a few simple plumbing tips. Following these simple tips during the holiday season will maximize the life of your plumbing and help you avoid the headaches caused by mishaps.

3 Ways to Prevent Leaks Before Damage Occurs

plumbing repair servicesBen Franklin once wrote “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” His observation is particularly true when it comes to your plumbing system. Simple preventative actions can save you thousands of dollars in repairs when you have water leaks. There are three critical areas where water leaks are likely to occur where you and your plumber can make a significant impact with some preventative maintenance.

Plumbing Tips For Fall Maintenance

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For many people, the fall season means raking the leaves, carving pumpkins and sipping warm cocoa in front of a bonfire. Although these things are a great way to enjoy the fall season, the beginning of fall is also the best time to prepare your home’s plumbing system for the winter. Here are some plumbing tips that will help you do just that.

Plumbing Tips for Pipe Protection

Both interior and exterior pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting without the proper insulation. One of the most important plumbing tips regarding the pipes is to thoroughly inspect all of the pipes, including those in the garage. The best way to ensure the pipes have sufficient insulation is by having a licensed plumber do the inspection, as well as insulation.

Water Heater Plumbing Tips

At the beginning of each fall season you should drain the water heater, especially if you have hard water. If the water heater isn’t drained, sediment will build up in the tank which can cause rust to form. If you already notice rust on the water heater or if it seems like it takes longer for the water to heat up, it is recommended that you have a new one installed to prevent the water heater from going out in the middle of the winter.