Installing a water filtration system in your home will improve the taste of your drinking water and help remove any dangerous microorganisms that might have made it through the municipal treatment system. Filtration systems vary, but there are a number of things you can do to determine which water filter is right for your home and family.
What’s in your water supply?
The first thing to figure out is what you’re trying to remove from the water. There are a number of ways to do this, from getting a copy of your area’s water quality report from your local water utility or testing the water yourself with an at-home test kit (you can find these at most home improvement stores). The Environmental Working Group also maintains a national database that uses results from millions of tests in almost 50,000 American cities.
We’ve all been told there are certain items that we just shouldn’t flush down the toilet, but even the smallest, seemingly inconsequential items can clog and contaminate. There are probably more than a few things we’ve flushed without realizing the impact on our pipes and the waterways around us.
Here are a few things to avoid flushing to help prevent the need for toilet repairs, keep your pipes clog-free, and our waterways safe:
Facial Tissues, Paper Towels, & Wipes
While tissues, paper towels, and wipes are similar to toilet paper, they aren’t quite the same. Most facial tissues are treated with chemical binders to help them stay intact, and even “flushable” wipes aren’t as soft and degradable as toilet paper and may contain may contain rayon or viscose, which accumulate in the oceans and bodies of water around us. Your best bet with products like tissues, paper towels, and wipes is to throw them in the trash. Bidets are also an increasingly popular alternative to flushable wipes.
Fix & Flow Plumbing Co. is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.
“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
A garbage disposal will give you and your family countless years of use when it's properly maintained. Instead of having to stink up your house by throwing leftovers away in the trashcan, you can simply toss them down your kitchen sink. However, in order to prevent your pipes from clogging, it's important that you understand what the acceptable use of a garbage disposal is.
1. Avoid All Non-Food Items
A good rule of thumb to use with garbage disposals is to never toss any non-food items down it. This might sound like common sense, but you would be surprised at how many people throw toys, twist-ties, plastic bags and other non-food items down the garbage disposal. Doing so not only puts the integrity of your garbage disposal at risk, but it could also clog up your drain pipes and even damage your septic tank.
There’s nothing worse than getting in the shower just to have the wall slowly drip down on you. However, low water pressure a common problem among homeowners and families. While some individuals may only experience it in the shower, others will notice low water pressure in the bathroom sink, kitchen, washing machine and even outdoor water faucets.
Identify The Problematic Water Line
The first thing you should do is determine how many water lines are affected by low pressure. Go through your home and turn on each of the faucets and make note of which ones have low water pressure. If there’s only one faucet with low pressure, then it’s probably due to a clogged or damaged pipe. On the other hand, if all of the faucets have low water pressure, then it’s a a greater problem at hand.