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Do-It-Yourself Remedies and Tips on Keeping your Drains Clean

Keeping the drain in your sink or bathtub  is important for many reasons and can be done with very little effort to help avoid running into costly and possibly dangerous plumbing issues. The problems that could arise from a clogged drain range in severity from wanting avoid those pungent and unpleasant odors to the touch more serious issue of getting pesky drain gnats. Also, failing to keep your drains clean will lead to buildup that can cause water in your sink or tub to empty at a much slower rate.

Contrary to popular belief, keeping your drains clean and clear is really a simple process that can be done at home as long as you are willing to take a few minutes every few days to do so. The easiest method of avoiding buildup is to run scalding hot water through all drains in your home every couple days to make sure that there is no clogging. There are also many available products you can uy relatively cheap that can keep your drains smelling clean and fresh. If you do notice buildup starting or that your drain is becoming clogged you should always address the issue as early as possible, as not doing so could prove an expensive and messy mistake.

A clogged drain is not necessarily an immediate reason to panic as there are many simple remedies that can  clear them, right in your home. Most of these solutions are made from items that you can find in most households. One such method is to pour a tablespoon of baking soda into the drain and immediately follow that with a ¼ cup of either lemon juice or vinegar before leaving it to sit for 30 minutes. Finally, run hot water through the drain and repeat this weekly to stay clear of buildup and to prevent future clogs. Another easy at home method is to pour a strong salt water mixture through your drains to keep grease from building up and to reduce bad odors.

If you have tried these remedies and found they did not work, there are many popular and potent chemical solutions that can be purchased at nearly any store or supermarket that could do the trick.  If these chemicals do not work, it is best to call a your friends and the most trusted of all Raleigh professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, who will be able to remove any blockage and have your drains flowing freely in short order.

It’s Always “Cool” to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes

The second installment of our “winter plumbing tutorial,” will focus on your role in dealing with or avoiding all together the issue of frozen pipes. We all know that as the fall months of October and November turn over into the frosty winter months of December and January here in North Carolina,  there is still a chance of winter plumbing hazards, but thanks to the most trusted name in Raleigh professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, you can follow the easy steps belows listed below, to try and steer clear of a costly catastrophe as you Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes.

Case in point that we are not yet completely “out of the water,” when it comes to needing to know the proper steps to take to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes is the recent colder weather we have seen in the past two weeks that has dipped at night below 40 degrees and even into the lower 30’s. Your pipes can freeze once the temperature does drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and those most vulnerable to the possibility of freezing would be any located in a basement area, a crawl space, an unconditioned or unfinished attic, those located on an exterior wall, and even pipes located underground.

When looking at it in those terms, pretty much any homeowner would have some type of piping in one of those location, thus, the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can assist you with a few key pointers to Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes at each location you may have them. If you happen to turn on a faucet and no water pours out, it could be due to a blockage caused by ice and in each given location, these following “do-it-yourself” tips could prove priceless in avoiding disaster.

Exposed Pipes

  • Remember to open up the faucet to relieve pressure
  • When suspecting a possible frozen pipe, always shut off the main water supply in case it has burst
  • Usage of a hair dryer, electric heating pad, or space heater can help in thawing, but NEVER use an open flame to try and thaw an exposed pipe

Pipes Behind a Wall

  • The easiest and safest method with these pipes is to turn your thermostat up and wait for them to thaw.
  • In situations that need to be addressed immediately, carefully cut a whole in the wall and utilize any of the above methods listed for thawing an exposed pipe

Avoiding Frozen Pipes in the Future

  • Before the winter months arrive, be sure that all garden hoses are disconnected from any spigots
  • Keep a faucet that may be connected to a line that would be in danger of freezing open to allow just a small trickle of cold water to run over night
  • Keep cabinets that it below your sinks open to allow the warm air from your home to circulate around them
  • Insulate any exposed, external wall pipes
  • Never leave your thermostat below 55 degrees in any situation, even if going out of town or on vacation for an extended period of time.

By following these easy to do, at home tips from the pros at Poole’s Plumbing, you can not only Avoid and Thaw Frozen Pipes, but you also can avoid serious water and financial damage with very little preparation or effort.

Wash Away Wasteful Useage and “Clean Up” on Savings with Kitchen Water Conservation Tips

Kitchen Water Conservation Tips

In the second installment of this a two part series, the most trusted named in Raleigh NC professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, will give you some helpful pointers to help you save money and avoid wasting water as we move from the bathroom and “down the hall” with our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips.

Much like our first blog entry on conserving water in the bathroom, these Kitchen Water Conservation Tips are all simple actions that can be taken by anyone around the house to help you and your family to save.

For example, there are many Kitchen Water Conservation Tips that you can implement simply by watching how long you run the faucet during several activities that you may not even realize how long the water is on for. This comes into play when washing dishes by hand, as if you simply fill one side of the sink as your wash side and the other is used for rinse water, this eliminates the faucet continuously running throughout this process. A similar item among our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips is to soak your pots and pans as you scrape them clean rather than running the water over them the entire time you are scrubbing.

Likewise, if you are washing fruits and vegetables, filling a pan to use for this, rather than running them under the faucet cuts down on much waste, as well. To take that process a step further in conserving, after you’ve washed the produce, use the water from the pan to water plants around the house.

The next kitchen appliance to focus on with our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips where you can greatly conserve and save is the dishwasher. First, by only running it when completely full the average household can save on average 1,000 gallons of water per month. Also, if you have a newer model dishwasher especially, cut back on the time spent rinsing first, as most of the more recently produced model are powerful enough and made to clean more thoroughly that years ago.

The garbage disposal is another item that by utilizing our simple Kitchen Water Conservation Tips you can save in areas you may not even have realized you were being wasteful. Most obviously, simply use the disposal only when necessary. Composting with and using the peeling and trimming from veggies or fruit will save you from wasting gallons of water while running the disposal.

Your own consumption of water is the last item we touch on in our Kitchen Water Conservation Tips. For your own drinking purposes, filling a pitcher with water to keep in the refrigerator rather than filling at the faucet repeatedly. Also, use the same glass throughout the day for your water consumption. This will avoid dirtying several and thus filling up the dishwasher for more frequent usage.

Much like with our helpful pointer around the bathroom, these easy-to-do- Kitchen Water Conservation Tips from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing can get you on the path to less wasteful usage and savings on costly water bills, too. In the next and final installment of our series on household water conservation tips we will look at how to cut back while cooking and in the laundry room.