3 Reasons to Add a Garbage Disposal to Your Kitchen

Preparing a meal in your kitchen can be affordable and nutritious. However, if your kitchen doesn’t have the right tools, then the inconvenience of food preparation tasks may prevent you from eating in as often as you would like.

One of the tools that every modern kitchen needs is a garbage disposal. The addition of a garbage disposal to your kitchen sink can greatly enhance your cooking and cleaning experiences.

Upgrade your quality of life by opting to install a garbage disposal in your kitchen. Read more

Tips for Properly Maintaining Your Home’s Plumbing System

Many homeowners do not think about their plumbing system until a problem develops. By this point, repairs are often needed, and depending on the issue, they can be costly. To reduce the cost of repairs and extend the life span of your plumbing system, take some simple steps.

Continue reading to learn more about preventative maintenance for your plumbing system. Read more

3 Signs Your Older House Needs a Plumbing Overhaul

Your old house is filled with all those little nostalgic touches that make it unique in the modern world. However, a few things in the house probably should be updated for functionality, and plumbing is one of them. While a lot of the old plumbing processes have remained the same, plumbing components have drastically evolved from what they once were.  Read more

5 Ways to Save Water on Toilet Flushing

Whether you’re an eco-conscious homeowner trying to cut back on water waste or whether you’re looking for water-stretching tips to use in a drought, the toilet is a great place to start. If you have an older model toilet, it could be using as much as 5-7 gallons with every flush. Here are five ways to reduce that number. Read more

3 Benefits of Sewer Line Camera Inspections

Your home relies on its sewer lines on a daily basis. They supply your home with fresh water while also ensuring that waste water flows safely back to municipal processing plants. Yet sewer lines can also be the cause of much stress should they stop functioning properly. This can completely interrupt the flow of your daily life, both literally and figuratively.

Fortunately, modern technology offers plumbing companies new and improved ways to repair sewer line issues. One of the most commonly used techniques for diagnosing a sewer line problem involves the use of hose-mounted cameras threaded down into your pipes. This article will outline three key benefits of sewer line camera inspections. Read more

3 Tech-Savvy Additions for Your Plumbing System

Are you a lover of all things fresh and new? If you are someone who has the latest gadgets lining your desk, your wrist, and your car, invite your love of technology into your home — more specifically, into your plumbing system.

From fixtures that reduce your water footprint to automation systems, you can make several innovative home updates. Keep reading to learn about some of them.

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Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

If you browse your local home improvement store you’ll find various water heater models, including the tankless type. While tankless water heaters have enjoyed popularity outside of the United States for quite a while, they’ve only started to gain traction in the US in the last few decades. If you’re trying to decide whether a tankless water heater is right for you, consider these pros and cons. Read more

Rust and Your Water Heater: What You Need to Know About This Plumbing Problem

If you notice rusty water flowing through your pipes, you need to figure out what is causing the problem and repair it quickly. In some cases, rust may be coming from the pipes. In others, it may be coming from the hot water heater. Here is everything you need to know about rust and your hot water heater.  Read more

What You Should Know About Plumbing Waste Pipe Ventilation

Your home’s plumbing network consists of more than drain pipes and fixtures such as sinks and toilets. It also includes an extensive network of ventilation pipes hidden behind your walls. Vent pipes are necessary for the proper functioning of your drain-waste-vent (DWV) system.

Without vent pipes, your waste pipes would drain poorly or not at all, and they would allow noxious gases to enter your home. Below is more information on this critical component of your home’s plumbing and what you should know about its maintenance. Read more

Caring for Faucets and Shower heads in Hard-Water Areas

The West Palm Beach region has moderately hard water, which means that homeowners and renters alike have to be vigilant about scale buildup inside and outside faucets and showerheads. The good news is that scale is easy to control as long as you take time to work on it regularly.

If you’re new to hard water and don’t know what to do to care for showerheads and faucets, you’ll need only a few supplies, most of which you have at home already. Past that, there are some whole-house actions you can take as well.

White Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar – the same stuff you have in your kitchen – is very good at loosening and dissolving scale. You can use this to clean both the outsides of faucets and the interior of showerheads.

Showerheads

For showerheads, fill a plastic bag with vinegar. If you have a handheld showerhead, remove it from the wall bracket and submerge it in the vinegar in the bag; you can rest the bag on the tub or stall floor. Tie a string or place a rubber band around the top of the bag.

For non-handheld showerheads, tie the top of the bag around the showerhead pipe, ensuring that the showerhead is completely covered by the vinegar. You may have to check on the bag periodically and pull the tops up to account for any sagging that pulls the bag and vinegar away from the showerhead.

Remove the bag after about an hour and turn on the shower. This will clear out bits of scale; if you were having problems with scale making the water spray out funny, you’ll see the spray looking a lot better.

Tubs

Tub faucets are a little harder. You can try the vinegar-bag trick, but you’ll have to be more vigilant about ensuring the bag doesn’t slip down. Depending on how the tub faucet is configured, you may have to repeat the process due to vinegar draining out of the bag if the opening of the bag has to rest sideways.

Sinks

Sink faucets are a little different. Most of these have removable screens at the end that you can clear out manually. To do this, unscrew the part at the tip of the faucet, shake out the bits of scale you see and let the tip sit in some vinegar for a while. Rinse off the screen and tip, and screw them back onto the faucet.

For faucets that don’t have a removable screen, use the same process you used for the tub faucet. Keep checking the bag to ensure the vinegar isn’t leaking out.

Exteriors

Vinegar is also excellent for cleaning scale off the exteriors of your fixtures. Spray vinegar onto the fixtures and wipe off.

Note that fancier fixtures made of materials like iron might not react well to vinegar. Test a small spot in these cases; if you see discoloration, don’t use the vinegar.

Pumice Stones

For times when the buildup is so thick that vinegar is taking too long, a small pumice stone is all you need. You can find these in cosmetic sections of drug stores and big box establishments. Wet the scale and the pumice stone and then gently exfoliate your sink or tub.

Pumice stones are rough, so don’t press down – just swipe the top of the scale, and stop to check the fixture frequently. Once you’re close to having only a thin layer of scale, switch to vinegar.

Installing a Water Softener

Scale buildup at the edges of plumbing fixtures isn’t the only issue with hard water, though – you can also get a buildup of scale inside pipes, and hard water can affect how you feel after showering and how your clothes feel and smell after using the washer.

If you notice a lot of scale buildup, you need to install a water softener in the house. Contact a plumbing company to have this done; at the same time, the plumbers can try to inspect pipes to see if there is scale that needs to be cleaned out.

For water softener installation or additional help dealing with scale, contact Cleary Plumbing. Scale is controllable, so start now to keep scale at a manageable level.