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Appliance Awareness

Mark McCandless - Thursday, April 25, 2013

Each and every day we get up and go about our day rarely thinking about what our appliances are subject to. We each use our basic appliances that we have in our home everyday, such as refrigerators, dish washers, washing machines, water heaters etc.

When it comes to keeping up with your home maintenance these are the appliances you need to keep up to date. On your refrigerator you may have an ice and water dispenser with a supply line providing water to your fridge. This is one of the top items causing flood damage in a home. When these lines crack or break it is such a small leak that does more damage than you would ever expect by the time you find out.

When it comes to your washing machine the hoses supplying the hot and cold water must be replaced every 5 years to be safe. When you leave your home don't forget water pressure is still on to your washer and those hoses all the time and they are holding around 70 psi pressure. As those hoses get older they can break at the location where they are crimped to the steel connector.

In the future if you are planning to go away on a vacation or a short get away. You need to turn your main water cut off to the home in off position.

These are just some of the basic things that us at All County Plumbing of Hickory NC, think would be good to check in your home to prevent major damage in the future.

Do’s and Don’ts of Drain Cleaning

Mark McCandless - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Unless you live in a brand new home, you probably have had, or will have drain problems in the future. Over the years you collect hair, soap scum, toothpaste and many other types of liquids from sinks and showers that cause your drain lines to build up. Here are some tips from All County Plumbing on how to handle drain cleaning.

DO NOT buy drain cleaner at a local grocery or hardware store. These products are only successful on drains that are not very clogged. Many of these drain cleaners might slightly help for a quick fix for a day or two, but won’t fix the underlying problem.

DO NOT put vinegar and hot water down your drains. Although this old helpful home tip does work, it isn’t the best route to go. Putting vinegar and hot water down your drains does help solve the problem, by disintegrating the build up, but it also damages your pipes and will be even more costly in the future.

DO NOT try snaking out your drains yourself because it can be dangerous. A snake is made of a steel cable that if coiled the wrong way can snap and cut anything in the vicinity, including you! Although a snake can be rented for about $60, if you have not used one before, we definitely DO NOT recommend this.

DO get your drains snaked out by a professional. Snaking a drain is the best option for removing most debris and will We don’t want to see any of our valued customers hurt. Contact All County Plumbing or call us at (828) 322-3472 to come snake out your drains and do it right the first time, to prevent the same issue occurring again.

DO get your sewer lines jetted out. Sometimes, the problem isn’t in the drain lines but the sewer lines. In this case, it is best to get your sewer line jetted out with a jetter. Again, this is a piece of equipment you may be able to rent, but it is probably cheaper to call a local plumbing company that already has the equipment on hand.

Water Heaters

Mark McCandless - Thursday, September 20, 2012

Everyone lives in a home with some way of getting hot water. It may be a basic water heater, gas or electric or a boiler unit. When you have a water heater or a boiler unit they have a tank that stores water and over time the tank will start to rust and leak. Also when you have a tank it continues to heat that same water in the tank all day when you are away and at night you are throwing money out to heat water you are not using. Tankless water heaters have been around for many years in other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, England etc. In this area of the south eastern US it has become more common every year over the past 12 years. Now on average 10 of every 100 water heater we do end up being the old tank type when the rest are now tankless. There are many reasons they are better to have than a tank water heater. Tankless water heaters do not turn on or burn gas or your power bill during the day when you are gone they are on demand water heaters, that only come on when you turn on you faucet. In a 24 hour day without you using any hot water, a standard tank water heater will come on for 6 hours. When going to tankless, you save that 6 hours of gas or electricity each day. When it comes to having a large family or guest at your home, with tankless you have unlimited amount of water so if you want all your baths going at one time Rinnai tankless water heaters can handle that with no problem at all. If you already have a gas tank water heater and change to a tankless, your gas or propane bill will drop 40% on average. Also, many companies like Piedmont Natural Gas offer rebates and incentives to be more energy efficient by switching to a tankless water heater.

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