Plumbing DIY Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

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Every homeowner should own these 5 tools when it comes to tackling your own DIY plumbing tasks. From clogged sinks and showers. Replacing old pipes. These 5 tools will allow you to tackle the majority of household plumbing tasks. You can buy all of them for less than $150 combined, which is less than you’d spend on a plumber for single visit.

 

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Chemical Free Water Conditioning Technologies

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

One of the most common problems facing pipes and home appliances is the buildup of limescale from hard water, which contains dissolved mineral such as calcium and magnesium ions. Over time, your pipes can be totally blocked with these deposits. When this happens, the flow of water may be restricted and may cause serious damage to equipment. Furthermore, your dishwashers and other machines run the risk of overheating. Expect more energy to be used for your hot water and heating systems as well. In worse cases, this may lead to shorter life expectancy of your appliances. Because of these risks, some companies offer chemical free water conditioning technologies as an option for both residential and commercial buildings.

What are water softeners and how do they work?

Water softeners use salt and ion-exchange resins that are coated in a sodium solution to allow calcium and magnesium ions to migrate out of the solution, replacing them with sodium ions. If you do not want to add salt or chemicals to your water, this is when salt-free softener or chemical free water conditioners become an alternative.

The functions of chemical free water conditioners include:

  • Removal of calcium and magnesium ions in hard water
  • Prevention of scale formation due to mineral buildup in hot water boilers and pipes
  • Help in the gradual dissolution of the scale, depending on the extent of damage the heating system has incurred
  • Prevention of rust inside pipes
  • Protection of on-demand water heaters and other sensitive home appliances from mineral build-up

What are the benefits of using chemical free water conditioning technologies?

  • Eco-friendly because they produce zero discharge and there is no need for electricity
  • Easier to maintain
  • Natural alternatives
  • Easier to clean showers and appliances
  • Compact in physical design
  • Longer life expectancy for your water heater and appliances
  • Faster and more effective results

Softened or conditioned water brings positive benefits to your family’s well-being, provides better drinking water if you have pets, and allows you to feel softer, healthier skin and hair when you bathe. Most noteworthy, you can save on installation costs and maintenance since most chemical free water conditioning technologies require less of these usual requirements. Talk to a specialist and find out the best water conditioning technology suited for your home.


Why Grease Traps Are a Must for Those Kitchen Sinks

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

One of the most common problems facing kitchen sinks is the accumulation of grease or oil residues down the tube. Even if your plumber has probably warned you to avoid such materials from being poured into the pipe, over time it becomes habitual or just simply becomes unavoidable. Thus, the need to use grease traps.

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Grease traps are also known as grease interceptors or grease converters. The Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) differentiates grease traps from grease interceptors based on the waste water flow rate that can be dealt with by the device. Grease traps can handle less than 50 gallons per minute while grease interceptors can handle more than 50 gallons, thus they are more common in commercial or industrial establishments.

Grease traps can reduce the amount of fats, oils and greases (FOGs) and other solid waste materials by restricting their flow before they enter the waste water disposal system. Thus, the risks of drain and sink blockages are reduced. Solids that will be accumulated or remain deposited on the bottom of grease traps are then removed during grease trap cleaning and maintenance. Grease traps can be emptied when the sludge fills a quarter of the tank. Regular cleaning should always be observed to avoid rotting of FOGs, which could result in odor or gas build-up.

The grease trap installation process usually involves identifying the size of the grease trap that you require, determining where to install it, and connecting the parts, which may vary from one manufacturer to another.  Unlike their commercial counterparts, residential grease traps are much easier to install and clean, but getting an expert to do these tasks will ease your worries on whether you are doing it the right way or missing out on something important. Still have questions? Ask a plumber now and get that needed protection for your waste water disposal system.