Archive for November, 2013
There are two basic problem water categories, according to the most referred Indianapolis plumber. The unhealthy and the unpleasant. Unhealthy water might contain nitrates, heavy metals (like lead and mercury), disease-causing bacteria, organic and inorganic compounds (arsenic, atrazine, benzene, and the like), and dissolved gases such as radon.
Unpleasant water might be high in iron, sulfur, manganese, sediments, non-hazardous bacteria, and so on. Municipal water is rarely unhealthy, but it may be unpleasant; private well water may be unhealthy, unpleasant, or both.
The first line of defense is usually a filter or series of filters. If you think you need a series of filters (to treat a variety of problems), you should get a professional Indianapolis plumber to help decide which filters to use and in which order.
Plumber Pro Tip of the Week
Tip #1 If your only problem is sediment, a single sediment filter will do. These in-line filters consist of a filter body, a reservoir, and a filter medium.
Tip #2 If tests reveal high levels of organic or inorganic contaminants, granular carbon filters may work. High-volume carbon filters are installed in supply lines; low-volume carbon filters serve a single fixture.
Tip #3 Reverse-osmosis units are reliable in dealing with nitrates and chemical contaminants. They should not be used with water high in dissolved minerals (hard water), and they can’t remove biological contaminants.
Tip #4 When water contains only biological contaminants, it’s a good choice to send it through a disinfection chamber. The chamber can be treated with chlorine, bromine, or iodine, but it might also be bombarded with ultraviolet light or saturated with ozone.
PLUMING TRADE SECRETS: One of the most effective ways to purify water is through distillation. In a distiller, water is heated until it steams, or vaporizes. The vapor rises into a cooling chamber, where it condenses back into liquid.
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) cool and accumulate on the side walls of sewer pipes restricting flow and causing blockages that can result in overflowing manholes, basement backups and Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). According to the most referred Indianapolis plumber, this waste can discharge into storm drains, creeks and ultimately flow into the ocean.
If normal drain cleaning methods do not clear the sewer line, our professional plumbers can use the latest water jetting technology to send powerful “jets” of water through your pipes to cut through grease, sludge and debris. Our water jetting (hydro jetting) services clear the toughest blockages.
Plumbing Pro Tip of the Week
Tip #1 Restaurants and commercial and institutional kitchens have difficult sink drain stoppages. Where food and dishes are constantly washed, grease and food debris can cause blocked and backing up drain lines.
Tip #2 Restaurant and commercial establishment restrooms get a lot of wear and tear.
Tip #3 In homes, toys and items that should never get flushed down a toilet wind up causing blocked toilet drains, backing up toilets, and main line stoppages.
PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: A professional commercial Indianapolis plumber can pull or take up the toilet to clear tough stoppages, and we can replace and repair broken commercial toilets, sinks and faucets.
No one likes having to handle a household plunger, but when the drain is clogged, you need to know how to wield one. Most households have cup plungers, which you can on top of a sink or bathtub drain and start plunging away. For the best results, says the most referred Indianapolis plumber, put a strip of duct tape on top of the overflow drain at the top of the sink or bathtub. Doing this will force the air or water down the drain and into the clog, without it escaping through the overflow drain instead.
To clear a slow drain that you suspect is clogged with gunk (recognize that this method might not work as well if your problem is a hair-clogged drain), here’s what you should do:
Plumber Pro Tip of the Week:
Tip #1 Set a full tea kettle on the stove to boil.
Tip #2 Dry your sink out with a rag.
Tip #3 Now, measure a 1/2 cup baking soda and dump it down your drain. In most sinks, the sink stopper will be in the way. We used a Q-tip to push the majority of the baking soda down the drain. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all down, the next step will do the rest of the work for you.
Tip #4 After the baking soda, measure a 1/2 cup white vinegar and dump that down the drain. Admire the fizzing for a minute or two.
Tip #5 Now, the full tea kettle should be boiling. Carefully pour the whole kettle full of boiling water down the drain.
Tip #6 Turn your faucet on and see if your sink is now draining at a normal speed. That should be all there is to it.
PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: For small clogs and light household duty, you can pick up a small drain snake or long pipe cleaner from your local Indianapolis plumbing supply or home improvement store to see if you can break through or pull out whatever it is that’s clogging your drain. This is especially useful if you think the drain is clogged with hair.
Bathroom sink installing is the latest trend today and gone are the days of the shiny white porcelain bowl. According to the most referred Indianapolis plumber, you can get bathroom sinks in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials and in all types of price ranges.
The options for bathroom sink installation are only limited by your imagination; on a table top, on a counter top, on a bathroom cabinet, or try a freestanding unit using trendy pedestals or trunks that cover the drainpipe. Choose a sink that goes with your plumbing and space available and also with the general décor of your bathroom. Replacing bathroom sinks can also give a new look and style to your bathroom.
Mr. Rooter Tip For the Do-It Yourself Gals
A typical bathroom sink installment will take 4 to 6 hours. Whether your sink is damaged or you’re just looking for an update, replacing a drop in bathroom sink is easy.
Tip #1 The first step is to get the old sink out! Turn off the water supply under the sink and disconnect the supply lines and the sink trap.
Tip #2 Use a utility knife to cut through the sealant around the rim of the sink.
Tip #3 Lift the sink off the counter top.
Tip #4 Use some white vinegar and a non-abrasive scrubber to remove any sealant left around the sink. If it’s really stubborn you may need a putty knife.
Tip #5 Install your new drain assembly and faucet before you drop in your new sink. If you need more information on removing or installing a faucet, you can find sink and faucet replacement at your local Cleveland plumbing supply or home improvement store.
Tip #6 Apply a bead of good quality silicone caulk around the sink cutout.
Tip #7 Set the sink and press gently to make a nice seal.
Now all that’s left to do is mount it – instant bathroom makeover!