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Summer is Coming to a Close

Summer is starting to coming to a close and it’s almost time for the kids to get ready for school. As you adjust to changes in your schedule, it can be difficult to keep track of your water use. We here at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® want to help you conserve and get the most out of your water usage during this back-to-school season.

An area that gets a lot of use this time of the year is the bathroom. Minor adjustments, like installing a low-flow showerhead, showering in the evening, shortening your shower times, and splitting up your shower times in your household are ways that you can reduce your water use.

Turn any running water off when it’s not being used directly. For example, remind your kids to turn off the faucet when they’re brushing their teeth or you can even turn off the shower while shampooing your hair.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

We have compiled a list of items home owners should add to their “to-clean” list this spring that take only a few minutes. Using simple household items such as vinegar, tweezers and a toothbrush, you can potentially prevent future plumbing headaches:

 

  1. Shower head. Mineral deposits can build up, likely causing the shower to run inefficiently. Clean it by soaking the shower head overnight in vinegar. Gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove the mineral deposits.
  2. Drains. Use tweezers to remove hair visible in the shower drain, and clean underneath it. Use an old toothbrush to scrub soap scrum.
  3. Pipes. Pour half a bottle of white vinegar down your drains, leave for 20 minutes, and flush with hot water. This is an all-natural remedy that will help prevent clogs from forming without damaging the pipes.
  4. Garbage Disposal. Pour a cup of baking soda down the kitchen sink, and wait 20 minutes. Pour boiling water down to flush it out. The combined natural solution of hot water and baking soda will not only clean your garbage disposal but leave it smelling fresh.
  5. Washing Machine Lint Trap. If a washing machine has a lint trap, it should be cleaned, just like the dryer’s. The lint trap will either be attached to the washing machine’s drainage hose, in the agitator (the large plastic piece in the center of the tub), or at the top of the washer on the rim of the tub.
  6. Floss your faucet (yes, you read that right). The stringy stuff is perfect for tackling that narrow, grimy space where the base of the faucet and the taps meet the sink.
  7. Water Heater Flush. Corrosion causing sediment can build up in your water heater tank, likely reducing heating efficiency. We can help you flush out your water heater today. Call 507-645-4037

If you need any help cleaning these items, or if you’d like to schedule a maintenance check for your plumbing system, give us a call today at 507-645-4037

Thanksgiving: How not to invite your plumber over

Winter is here. Make sure your plumbing systems are not only prepared for the cold weather, but also for the influx of family guests this month.

With the holidays coming down the pipe soon (pun intended), families and friends will be traveling from around the country to share meals together. As you’re cooking and disposing of leftovers, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield encourages you to be mindful of what you’re throwing down the garbage disposal. Surprisingly, many typical holiday dish remnants including cooking oil, grease, bones, veggies, pasta, coffee grounds, and fruit pits can hamper a disposal and back up a drain.

Additionally, as a host for holiday celebrations, it’s important to be aware of what guests are flushing down the toilet especially if you have an older or weaker plumbing system. Let them know what your toilet is capable of handling. Some of the most common items that should never be flushed include cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, cotton swabs, and facial tissues.

 

  • Did you know that starchy or stringy veggies should NOT go down the garbage disposal?
  • Pasta or rice can expand with water and clog up your garbage disposal. It is best to throw it in the trash.
  • Some toilets aren’t even made to handle facial tissue. Keep it to regular, ol’ TP.
  • Bathrooms can get a lot of extra use. Try and wait 10 minutes between showers and consider a tankless water heater to have hot water on demand when you need it. Remind guests not to flush paper towels or large, bulky items down the drain.
  • Never pour cooking oil or fats down your drain. Oil can solidify and clog your line. Pour oil and fat into a container or jar and then throw it in the trash.
  • Use your garbage can instead of your disposal to get rid of drippings and leftovers. Fats, bones, and fibrous foods can clog and damage your drain or disposal.
  • Have your kitchen drain line and plumbing lines maintained by a professional plumber regularly to prevent problems during heavy usage.

 

And don’t forget, we offer 24 hour emergency service. If you run into plumbing trouble during the holiday season, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Northfield is always here to help. 507-645-4037