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What can I put in my garbage disposal? Almost all biodegradable food waste can be put into garbage disposals. However, high-fiber content foods and non-food materials should never be run through a disposer.

Why do drains get clogged? For the most part, kitchen drains clog because people get careless with what they put in them. Bathroom drains tend to clog because of hair buildup, and oil residue from soaps and shampoos. Treating them with a drain cleaner can help eliminate clogs but more severe clogs will require professional help.

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See our post on Polybutylene and how I can come out at no cost to discuss replacing before any damage occurs! 

If you are concerned you may have a home with Polybutylene piping feel free to call Plumbing Central for a free estimate on replacing before damage occurs.  Polybutylene piping is a low-cost piping formed of plastic resin. It is commonly gray, white, or sometimes black in color. Poly piping is employed as a substitute for copper piping in both underground water mains and interior plumbing. Due to the ease of installing poly piping, it was used in the construction of millions of homes throughout the U.S. between 1978 and 1995; however, it has been discovered that as poly pipe ages and reacts with water-soluble oxidants, it begins to degrade and can leak, causing severe damage to the surrounding building structure.

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Master Plumbers have been in my family since 1901

Spring Plumbing Tips: 15 Simple Plumbing Tips to Help You Save Money
Spring Plumbing Tips
Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to do some “Spring Cleaning” for your home’s pipe and drainage systems. Here are 15 quick and simple Spring Plumbing Tips to protect your home against plumbing problems:
Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.
Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes
Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
Inspect toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. A great Spring Plumbing Tip.
Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient
Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks.
If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.
Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups
Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely. If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced.
This list of Spring Plumbing Tips is just a handful of the useful services and solutions that Plumbing Central can provide your home this spring. If you are interested in the full run down of our plumbing service you can check them out here or you can schedule a service maintenance of your plumbing and drain systems by calling 770-205-6900

Laura L. Davies Office Manager

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Don’t want to be singing the blues with plumbing problems and water damage in the New Year?

Like everything within your home, the only was to ensure great results is to keep up with maintenance projects along the way. Once you ring in the New Year, keep these 10 plumbing tips in mind to ensure that your plumbing woes are kept at bay throughout the next year.

1) Stop small problems before they turn into big ones. If you notice a leaky faucet, fix it right away to prevent any water damage. Be pro-active about your plumbing!
2) Keep your eyes and ears peeled for any potential signs of trouble! Check your plumbing regularly for any potential problems.
3) Know where your sewer valve and access is located. If your toilet backs up, you will know exactly where the plumber needs to go to fix the problem.
4) Know where the primary water shut-off valve is located. This valve will turn off the water to your entire home in one step.
5) Know where the shut-off valves for your various appliances are located. If one of them gives you trouble, such as a leaky washing machine, you can shut the water off to it without interrupting the water flow to the rest of the house.
6) Stay on your toes during the cold weather. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing, so pay attention to the forecast.
7) To help prevent frozen pipes, invest in quality insulation for all of your plumbing pipes.
8) If freezing temperatures are expected, open the cabinet doors under your sinks to let the warm air from your home reach the pipes – this will help prevent freezing. A little bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way in preventing disasters.
9) If you do experience frozen plumbing, shut off the water to your home, then get started on warming the affected pipes. You should also contact a plumber for help.
10) Make sure you have a general understanding of tackling basic plumbing problems on your own. Otherwise, keep the plumber’s number handy in case of an emergency.

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