Common Erie, Colorado Plumbing Myths Debunked

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With the abundance of information on the web these days, homeowners would rather look things up on the Internet rather than call in a professional for proper evaluation of the problem. While we applaud your efforts for trying to fix the problems on your own, we would like to caution you about your sources since not everything posted online are accurate.

With that in mind, we present to you the most common plumbing myths. Avoid falling for these myths or you’ll end up damaging your pipes or even your entire plumbing system.

Put lemons in your disposal to make it smell fresh

People believe that running lemons through the garbage disposal is a good idea to help mask the odor. While you might succeed in creating a fresher aroma, it can corrode the metal parts that are found inside the garbage disposal. There is no better alternative in cleaning and disinfecting your garbage disposal than soap and warm water.

Hot water flushes down grease

Most of you have probably done this before. You pour hot or boiling water down the drain in an attempt to flush down grease. What you fail to realize is that grease hardens when it cools; thus, creating a thick coating inside your pipes. Instead of pouring grease down the drain, you might want to place them in a jar and throw it in the garbage can.

A leaky faucet is no big deal

Though many people are not bothered by a leaky faucet, this could be an indication of a plumbing problem. Once a drip starts, it can wear out the faucet and lead to bigger problems in the future.

In addition to that, a leaky faucet will lead to water waste and a high bill.  It may be just a drip every now and then, but it can result to 1 trillion gallons of water wasted every year. Do not ignore a leaky faucet. You need to have it fixed as soon as possible.

Flushable wipes are really flushable

Contrary to what marketers would have you believe, this product does not break down fast enough to be truly flushable. Your toilet is designed to handle human waste. You might want to use your trash cans for other stuff.

Most Common Plumbing Problems in Summer

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When we think of possible problems a homeowner faces during the summer, plumbing issues may not readily come to mind. With all the activities planned out for the warmer months, many of you must be busy. But this is the best time to get ahead of potential plumbing problems since there are a number of problems that occur during these months that are not usually present at other times of the year.

Here are the some of the most common plumbing issues that happen during the summer. Make sure you’re on top of thing and don’t let these problems ruin your summer fun.

Washing machine issues

Theme park escapades, road trips, cookouts and a lot of other outdoor activities, all of these are super fun but it also translates to a basket full of clothes to wash.

Check the hoses for any cracks or leaks to prevent a flood in your house. Also, do not leave the house or sleep while the washer is running so you can easily stop the cycle when something goes wrong.

Clogged garbage disposal

If you’re having lots of cookouts this summer, your garbage disposal will be getting a lot of use.

Do not pour cooking oil or dirty grease down the drain as it can cause serious clogging. Hard fruits and vegetables such as corn and watermelon can damage the blades. Be careful what you put into your garbage disposal and you may be able to avoid needing a plumber this summer.

Clogged toilets

With the kids at home, household toilets will be used more regularly, and the chances of a clog happening are much higher. This is especially true if they use too much toilet paper.

To prevent this problem, teach everyone to limit toilet paper use and explain to the little ones that certain things, particularly toys, should not be flushed down the toilet.

 

How to Clean Your BBQ Grill

As we move into summer, many of us are firing up our BBQ grill almost every day of the week. However, some people tend to forget that our BBQ grills are also in need of consistent cleaning and maintenance.

Let’s face it. No one wants to clean a BBQ grill. But an outdoor grill that is kept constantly clean will ensure that the food tastes great and is bound to keep you cooking for a good long time.

Cleaning your BBQ grill should not be treated as a difficult chore. In fact, it only takes a few minutes to clean it. Here’s how.

Steam clean

You have probably heard people say that the best time to clean the grill is while it’s warm. However, that also mean that you’ll need to clean it just a few minutes after cooking; thus, keeping your from enjoying barbecue with family and friends.

Here’s a trick that would allow you to spend as much time as you want with your family and still having an easy time cleaning up later. Once your grill has cooled down a bit, get your brush and clean off remaining food particles. Then, get a metal baking tray or an old pie tin and fill it with water. Turn on the boiler, close the lid and let the water boil. This will keep everything soft until you get the chance to actually clean it.

Use onion

Clean your grill without the use of chemicals by rubbing a halved onion against the grate of the grill. This will loosen up baked on grit and grime and basically get it all out of the grill. But before you do that, it is best to turn on the burners for a few minutes to loosen up any food residues clinging to the grill and make cleaning a lot easier.

Use vinegar

You can also use vinegar to clean your grill. To get started, combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the racks of the grill and leave it for about 10 minutes. Now, refill the spray bottle with pure vinegar. Get a cloth or a piece of aluminum foil, spray it with vinegar and use it to scrub the grill.