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Why Does My Garbage Disposal Stink?

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

bigstock-Cleaning-Kitchen-Sink-2893444Your garbage disposal helps you get rid of those scraps of leftover food that cling to your plates and serving dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. That same helpful garbage disposal can also be the source of some serious headaches and foul odors.

If you’re starting to notice that your garbage disposal stinks, you’re not alone. It’s a common problem, but that doesn’t mean you want to live with it. Who would want a kitchen that always smells gross?

Use this guide to learn more about why your garbage disposal stinks and how you can fix it.

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Understanding the Importance of Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 @ 02:36 PM

img_tankless_water_heaters-e1479231114404Your water heater provides you with important things like clean dishes and hot showers. However, without proper maintenance, your water heater may not provide those warm showers you’ve come to love and expect.

Tankless water heaters are durable and designed to give you years of quality performance, but you can’t neglect them and expect hot water without hiccups. Use this guide to learn more about why it’s so important to keep up with your tankless water heater maintenance.

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Does Water Conservation Really Matter? Yes, and Here Is Why.

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:04 AM

bigstock-Running-Tap-Water-1324014Most of us consider water as a mainstay of daily life that's readily available. Everyday tasks like showering, doing the laundry, washing dishes, and brushing our teeth would not be possible without water. Although many of us take having enough water for granted, water is actually a limited resource that is not available to many people in less fortunate places.

Only one percent of the earth's water supply is available for human use. The remaining water is salt water that makes up our oceans or frozen ice caps in remote arctic areas of the world. Without water, many people and important industries like farming, mining, and fishing would suffer. Clean water is not as accessible as most people think, so water conservation really does matter.

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Uncover the Reason for Low Water Pressure in Your Home

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 02:49 PM

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Whether it has slowly built up over time or suddenly happens, low water pressure is a sign that something is not quite right with the plumbing in your home. Some pressure issues can be easily resolved without the need of a plumber, while a sudden drop in water pressure might require immediate assistance.

 

 

 

 

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Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Tankless water heaters mean no more cold showers!Your dishwasher, your washing machine, and your shower: you use these amenities just about every day, and they all have at least one thing in common – they use hot water. If you own a tank water heater, did you know that it uses energy not simply to heat the water as you are using it, but also when you are not using it? This results in wasted energy and wasted money as well.

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11 Smart and Easy Ways to Save on Water

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 02:27 PM

 Reduce your household water usage and you’ll save money on your utility bills, reduce water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers, and extend the life of your septic tank. You can cut your water usage by 25 percent by doing a few things a bit differently with your home appliances that use water.

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Toilets

Toilets use a lot of water, up to 27 percent of a household water usage. Here’s how you can reduce that number:

  •  Check for leaks. A leak can cause the loss of more than 100 gallons of water per day. Water rippling in your toilet bowl is a sure sign of a leak. Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank and if the dye appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, there’s a leak.
  • Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Every flush uses up several gallons of water.
  • Reduce the amount of water in your toilet tank. Put in a bottle of water, away from anymoving mechanisms, to take up some space in the tank.
  • Replace your toilet with an energy­efficient one.​This can reduce the amount of waterused significantly, going from five to seven gallons to only 1.6 gallons per flush.
Showers

You probably already know that shorter showers are better and that a shower uses less water than a bath. Here’s what else you can do to save water in the shower:

  • Install a new shower head or a flow restrictor. These can reduce your shower flow from five to ten gallons per minute to only three gallons per minute.
  • Get a t​ankless water heater​to heat up your water faster so you don’t have to run the shower for a few minutes to get it warm.

Kitchen and Bathroom Faucets

Faucets in the kitchen and bathroom are used multiple times daily, making them sources of potential water waste. Cut down on water usage by trying these simple tips:
  • Don’t let the water run. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your dishes, or rinsing your vegetables, turn off the faucet and fill up a bowl, sink, or a cup with water for rinsing.
  • Check your pipes and faucets for leaks. If you notice small drips from your faucets, that’s a leak that needs to be fixed. Another way to check is to look at your water meter. Turn off all your faucets and water appliances and check the meter. Wait an hour without using any water and then check again. If there’s been a change, you have a leak somewhere.
  • Replace your faucet with high efficiency faucets or install a faucet aerator on every faucet.

Dishwashers

Using the dishwasher instead of washing your dishes will save water, but here’s how you can conserve even more water:

  • Run the dishwasher with a full load. Half loads uses up the same amount of water for less dishes, wasting water and energy.
  • Don’t rinse plates before putting them into the dishwasher. Just remove large food pieces. Your dirty dishes will come out clean without any added rinsing.
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