As the fall months begin and we enjoy the crisp, cool air, it is an important time to start preparing your home for the long cold winter months ahead. To many, this means looking at their HVAC system, however, it is just as important to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for the upcoming change of seasons. Here are five things you should inspect.
The sump pump is the veins of your plumbing system, moving waste water out of your home. Make sure that the pump is working well and the motor does not show any lag in doing its job. If you hear grinding or the motor seems to be working too hard, you might want to get it checked out.
Limescale is commonly found on faucets, tubs, and other appliances. It appears to be a chalky, off-white, mineral deposit called “Alkaline.” It’s found on surfaces where “hard water” has evaporated. The white residue left over is grey or white, leaving a chalky texture.
How to Remove Limescale
Although, it is possible to scrub off limescale, it’s the hardest way to do it. Products like, vinegar and lemon juice are recommended to soak the limescale with. The more expensive alternative is buying a brand name product specifically for limescale removal.
To clean a faucet, you will first, need to get a rag and soak it in either vinegar or lemon juice. White vinegar is the overall best choice. After you soak the rag, wrap it around the faucet where the limescale is. Wrapping a rubber band around the rag will help apply more pressure. Finally, after an hour of letting it sit, use a rag or sponge to gently clean.
Cleaning sinks and tubs involve spraying the vinegar or lemon juice on the limescale, then letting it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. After waiting said time, wash off with a sponge or rag.
Toilets are a little different when it comes to limescale removal. Once again, vinegar and lemon juice will be needed, but creating a mixture with borax is suggested. Borax is often used in detergents and dissolves in water, so it will make it a lot easier to clean your toilet. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and then you can begin scrubbing! Softening the limescale will make it easier to remove.
Our employees and contractors at Bulldog Rooter have many years of experience and take pride in our overall customer satisfaction. Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company and offer a variety of services. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. We also install water softening systems and water heaters, and perform commercial jetting.
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Trying to find the best way to clean your drain? Bulldog Rooter can keep your drain clean and unclogged! Bulldog Rooter is Spokane’s premier plumbing company. We can solve all your plumbing problems and drain unclogging needs!
Drain cleaning and unclogging all starts with, “what type of drain do I have?” If water is involved with your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry appliances, there has to be a drain! The first two things you should do to clean a clog is to use a liquid drain cleaner or a drain snake. Liquid drain cleaners are usually the first go-to product, but sometimes they just aren’t strong enough. The drain snake goes down, your drain and collects any built up of hair or objects stuck within the drain. The auger, according to acme tools, is your next best bet. Plumbers usually have one with them. The drain snake can’t get tough materials out like the auger can, because the auger is an electric powered drain cleaner and applies more force.
In the end, though, it’s important to know how to prevent drain clogging, because it all starts with you and what you put down your drains. And you can start by preventing clogs with your basic hygiene and grooming routines. Both the sink and shower drain have various kinds of hair catchers that you can buy. For showers, it’s important to brush your hair before showering to prevent loose hairs from going down the drain. Taking these simple steps will save you money and time.
Bulldog Rooter can unclog any drain with our many years of plumbing expertise. We provide multiple plumbing services. Our plumbing contractors are able to fix all your plumbing problems and drain problems, including clogged sinks, toilets, showers, disposals, and other drain clogging issues. We also install water softening systems and water heaters, and perform commercial jetting.
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A clogged drain can be more than just a little home nuisance. It could mean huge repairs if it is not cleared promptly or properly. Many people try to unclog a drain on their own before calling in an expert. While light clogs can be effectively cleared by homeowners, often the tools they use can cause damage to their pipes down the road. Acid based drain cleaners are highly toxic and extremely corrosive to any metal component in your drain system. They also might not get to the actual source of the clog, only clearing a small portion of the problem. This can lead to an even tougher clog down the road.At Bulldog Rooter , our drain cleaning professionals can help you clear clogs quickly and effectively. This can include floor drains, garbage disposals, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs and washers and wash tubs. We also offer video pipe inspections to help you determine (or rule out) any underlying issues further into your drainage system.
With winter fast approaching, now is the time to think about your water heater and make sure it is in good operating order. Water heaters are often overlooked in our daily lives, but a little bit of preventative maintenance will go a long way towards prolonging its life and increasing its efficiency. Checking your water heater can easily be incorporated into your general fall maintenance or winter-proofing schedule.
Water heaters are the second-largest contributor to household energy bills, after heating and air conditioning systems. For those living in cold climates, energy bills go way up in winter, and even those in milder climates typically see an increase in their energy consumption. That’s why it’s a great idea to pay special attention to your water heater in time for winter.
The garbage disposal is a wonderful invention! It keeps food waste out of landfills, your garbage bins free of critters and is also very convenient during the holiday season. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, households generate plenty of organic waste. Here’s what you need to know about your garbage disposal during the upcoming holiday season.