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Life without a garbage disposal would be, hmm, messier?  A little less convenient? 

“Yes” on both counts. So, doesn’t it make sense to take the best possible care of yours so it can keep doing its job so you do a little less?  No doubt about it.

That’s why we offer you these time-tested methods for keeping your garbage clean – not to mention odor- and repair-free: 

  • Clean the inside of your disposal – It’s super easy.  Just grab a few ice cubes and place them and a cup of vinegar into the disposal.  Turn your unit on and let it run for about 5 minutes. The result will be cleaner inside disposal walls to prevent food from sticking. When food does cling and remain there, eventually it’s going to rot and reek!  
  • Clean the drain line – Whatever can stink inside a garbage disposal can do the same thing once it moves into and down the drain line.  That’s why we recommend pouring ground coffee down your disposal periodically.  Yes, it really is just that simple.  
  • Create a pleasant-smelling disposal – It’s one thing to get rid of things that can stink, but quite another to create a pleasant-smelling garbage unit.  Just cut up a lemon or orange into small pieces and grind them up.  The peel’s strong fragrance will liven up your olfactory senses, inside and outside your disposal.
  • Protect your disposal from damage – Garbage disposals were never designed to be catch-all’s, so be sure not to treat yours that way. No large bones, please.  Same goes for nuts, banana peels, grease, corn husks, pasta, and any fibrous foods like onion skin or most vegetables. On the other hand, your disposal will do just fine with coffee grinds, cooked meat scraps, fruit scraps, citrus rinds, and more.

Even with the best of care, garbage disposals don’t last forever. If now’s the time for yours to receive a little professional attention or perhaps even be replaced, contact Connor Plumbing today. We’re the local plumbing that does it all.

When is a clogged drain REALLY clogged?  When you have to call a plumber for assistance. 

And while Connor Plumbing is always here to lend a helping hand, we’re also happy to assist valued customers like you in doing more to fix the problem yourself before picking up the phone.  

Take the very common and basic household plunger, for example.  Did you know that there are three basic types and that each one is designed for a very specific purpose?  By keeping the right drain cleaning tools handy, you’ll be able to unclog that many more sinks and toilets on your own.  And that’s a great way to save some money.  

Choosing the Right Plunger 

Here are the three basic types of plungers:   

  • The classic wooden handled, red rubber bell plunger is most often called the cup plunger. It’s designed for use with flat drains like those in your tub, shower, or kitchen sink.  It’s not terribly effective with toilets, however, since the large, flat opening makes it difficult to create a tight seal.
  • For best results with your toilets, reach for your flange plunger, named for its narrow flange (or opening).  In this case, smaller is better for creating a tight seal around a toilet bowl opening or other small drains with a curved surface.
  • The less common bellows plunger has a spring-like head and multiple pleats – just like an accordion – to give it extra plunging power.  It’s the plunger of choice when you have to work from an angle.   

A few more tips for the wise: 

  • Never plunge after using a chemical drain cleaner that can splash back and injure you.  At the same time, be sure to wear rubber gloves.
  • The less water in the sink or bowl, the less mess you’ll create when plunging.
  • The tighter the seal you form, the greater the plunging power due to increased water pressure.

Still, no matter how accomplished you might be at clearing a clogged drain or toilet, sooner or later you’re bound to need professional help. When that time comes – perhaps even now – we invite you to contact Connor Plumbing for all the help you need for clogged drain problems small and large.

When your water heater comes to mind, it usually is about the amount of hot water it generates: just right, or not enough. But you also should be on the lookout for signs that might indicate a water heater safety issue for the sake of your entire family. 

Let’s have a look at what they are. 

Turn it Down!

Start by lowering the water heater temperature to 120 degrees. Some are initially set at 140 degrees which could cause scalding.  Just remember to check the instructions for your make and model before adjusting the temperature control. 

Check it Out!

Examine your water heater periodically. Check for water leaks which, among other things, can lead to the mold growth and spreading.  Next, check inside the combustion chamber where the flame should be burning mostly blue. Next, keep in an eye on the burner. If rust is collecting in the burner compartment, it needs to be serviced by a professional. 

Clean it Up!

Brooms, paint brushes and other items that commonly get stored in a utility closet can catch fire if placed too close to the combustion chamber or water heater. 

Be on the Alert for Gas Leaks!

If you should smell gas in your home, here’s what to do: 

  • Don’t turn on a light switch or touch anything that might cause a static spark.
  • Leave your house immediately, leaving at least some windows and doors open.
  • Call your gas supplier from a safe location.
  • Turn off the main shut-off valve at the gas meter.

For even greater protection, we recommend an annual water heater performance and safety inspection by one of our well-qualified plumbers. Connor maintains and repairs all makes and models of water heaters, including yours. So, for the best in water heater performance and added personal safety, contact Connor Plumbing today.

When someone enters your kitchen, you want to hear: “Wow, what’s that you’re making?!”  And not: “Eww, what was that you made yesterday?” 

The focus of the latter comment?  Your garbage disposal, that wonderful home appliance that makes shorter work of after-meal clean up. By taking a few extra minutes during and in between clean ups, you won’t have to worry about lingering odors and bacteria build-up inside your disposal. 

In fact, sanitizing your garbage disposal can be done quickly, using ingredients you already have in your home. Here are a few simple ways your disposal can be germ-free in minutes, letting you get on with your busy day:    

  • Pour a 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide down the drain and turn on the garbage disposal while running old water for at least 30 seconds.
  • Place small pieces or an orange or other citrus fruit in the disposal and add a drop or two of dish soap.  Then, turn on the cold-water faucet until you hear that familiar “all clear” sound.
  • Pour 1/2 cup each of vinegar and baking soda down your unit and let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Then flush it with a tea kettle full of piping hot water.
  • Pour concentrated liquid bleach down the disposal to clear the drain pipe of soap and chemical residue. Allow it to sit for several minutes with the drain cap on. Remove the cap and run the disposal with cold water for about 30 seconds.

Of course, disinfecting your garbage disposal is one thing. But what happens when it becomes hopelessly clogged and no amount of DIY steps can help? That’s the time to contact Connor Plumbing, your local drain cleaning professionals. We clear, repair, and replace all makes and models of kitchen garbage disposals. Plus, you’ll receive a guaranteed upfront price quote for the work we recommend along with our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, but none take any more of a beating. Nothing it can’t handle, mind you, with some solid and regular upkeep.  

At the same time, most people HATE cleaning their bathrooms. Maybe, though, it wouldn’t seem so daunting if you focused on function at a time, rather than imagining the entire process all at once. You know, the “Baby Steps” approach as espoused in the hit comedy “What About Bob?” 

Here’s our 10-step process to a cleaner bathroom, one you can complete in less than 30 minutes.  

  1. Gather your supplies. Keep a caddy or small bucket filled with all your cleaning essentials in a linen closet or in an under-the-sink cabinet.
  2. Clear off surfaces. Put toothbrushes, make-up, and other essentials back in their place and toss dirty towels and bathmats into the laundry basket.
  3. Spray down surfaces. Spray down the counter, backsplash, and outer surface of the toilet. Then squirt toiler cleaner into the bowl and under the rim. Let everything sit for a while.
  4. Soak the shower and tub – Fill your bathtub with a few inches of hot water and spray the shower with cleaner. Use a small brush to quickly pass around the inside of the tub to loosen any soap scum. Let it all soak for a while.
  5. Tackle the toilet – Scrub the inside of the toilet bowl and use a rag to wipe down the outer surface. Dry it with a cloth, and then rinse the toilet brush before spraying it with cleaner and putting it away.
  6. Clean the tub and shower – Drain the tub and wipe all surfaces. Use a scrub brush to get any remaining dirt or grime. Rinse with a handheld shower attachment or clean wet rag.
  7. Tackle the floor – Vacuum the floor to pick up any dirt, dust, or hair. Fill the sink with a little warm water and add your cleaner. Wet your mop or floor rag, wring it out, and run it over the floor. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth, and drain the water from the sink
  8. Wipe it all down – Wet a clean cloth in warm water, wring it out, and wipe down previously sprayed countertops and backsplash. Spray the interior of the sink with cleaner and wipe clean.
  9. Clean the mirror – Spray glass cleaner onto the mirror and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Then use that same cloth to shine up faucets, towel racks, and the toilet handle.
  10. Finish it off – Replace clean towels and your bathmat, put away your cleaning supplies, and place dirty wash cloths in the laundry basket. Then, stand back and admire your hard work. 

Even with all this organization and preparation, your cleaning efforts might still be hampered by low water pressure.  If so, contact Connor Plumbing to schedule service.

We’ll figure out if the problem is confined to your bathroom, more widespread than that, and ultimately what’s causing it.  From there, we’ll give you one or more options to increase your water pressure to a more productive level. Connor Plumbing: your complete home plumbing resource since 1908.

A stressful day can always be improved by finding time to take a warm, relaxing bath. A luxury you don’t have time for?  You’ll think differently once you consider the several associated health benefits, including the following:  

Humidity/heat: Keeping the water temperature comfortable, but warm enough to start sweating clears the lymph system of toxins, decreases bacteria that cause illness and body odor, and improves your immunity. 

Skin: Soaking in a tub of warm water for 20 minutes helps to soften calluses and open pores. The end of the bath is a great time to scrub, buff, or exfoliate dry skin and rough spots. The lotions you apply afterward will be absorbed more easily, too.

Muscles: On a typical day, your muscles take a beating through any combination of going to work, doing chores, and chasing after kids or the family dog. A warm bath helps relieve sore muscles by relaxing them; it also relieves cramps and headaches. 

Relaxation: Even just a twenty-minute bath is enough to help reduce stress, distract you from tomorrow’s chores, and make your cares and worries seem a little less important.  So go ahead and allow yourself to enjoy the peace and quiet!

Essential oils: Adding essential oils to the water gives you all of the benefits those oils can provide. Lavender oil is wonderful for decreasing stress and anxiety, Sage helps to clear the mind, and chamomile can ease tension.  Add a few drops to the bath and just breathe in the relaxation!

Salts: Bath salts take the health benefits to another level by relieving muscle tenderness and inflammation on joints and any associated swelling. Add your favorite bath bomb, or 1/3 of a cup of Epsom salts to the water to melt away the aches and pains from a long day.

Ready for bed: The warm water slowly raises your body’s core temperature; when you get out of the tub your temperature drops again. This signals to your brain that it’s sleepy time. Bathing also improves sleep quality.

Does all of that sound delightful except for one small detail:  your tub’s either too small or not up to your standards of relaxation?  Then maybe it’s time for a replacement tub, perhaps even a walk-in model with whirlpool action for even greater relaxation.  Whatever the need, you can count on Connor Plumbing to turn your bathroom into the oasis you’ve always wanted.  Contact us today for more information on how to get that done.

Done correctly, spring cleaning shouldn’t be about cleaning alone.  Otherwise, the job will only grow more and more difficult from one year to the next – unless, of course, you do some simultaneous purging.

Most people get a headache just thinking about getting rid of seldom or never used “stuff” because they don’t know where to begin.  But now, you’re in a better place because we’re going to point you in some bountiful directions where we’re confident you’ll find plenty to purge.  And by doing so, you’ll have that much less stuff to move out of the way the next time the cleaning bug comes calling.   

1.     Financial Documents & Old Mail – Neatly file your tax returns, deeds, leases, insurance papers and any other important documents in a safe, organized place. Run everything else through the shredder and into the recycling bin. To help keep things organized moving forward, sign up for electronic billing and statements and download those documents to a file on your hard drive. 
2.     Old Clothing – If you haven’t worn it in a year, chances are you never will. So, if you’re cramped for closet space, now’s the time to thin out your wardrobe and donate what you select to a family in need or local non-profit organization.
3.     Make-up and Grooming Supplies – Many grooming and make-up items have a shelf life of about a year. So, if you have old lipsticks, eye shadow, and other items that are past their prime, it’s time to kiss them good-bye. While you’re at it, get rid of those old lotions and decorative soaps that you never use but can’t seem to part with for sentimental reasons.
4.     Gifts – The thought may be what counts, but if you’ve been hiding one or more gifts in a closet because they’re just not “you”, add them to your purge-able collection.
5.     Toys & Games – Is your home a monument to your children from 5-10 years ago, still loaded with toys and games they haven’t touched in years?  If so, it’s time to go through them one by one, and get rid of everything with missing and broken pieces, while donating the rest.
6.     Old Linens – You’d love to buy some new sheets or towels, wouldn’t you?  But you hesitate because your linen closet is full to brim, even though you seem to use all the same few items over and over again.  What does That tell you? That you have a bunch of worn and tattered items mid-way or further down the pile that you wouldn’t use on a bet.  Once again, there are those who would be glad to have at least some of them, so have at it!

Any time you’re cleaning your house, in the spring and otherwise, keep an eye out for any signs of a water leak. It’s the kind you can’t see and hear that often are the ones capable of causing the most damage to you home. If you do spot signs of a water leak, contact Connor Plumbing so we can locate the source of it and take the right corrective action.

If you love gardening but feel that time spent with your hands in the dirt is time away from the gym, fear not – we have some encouraging news for you. 

In fact, for now, forget the gym, especially if you feel like that kind of exercise is the only kind that will do you any good.  Because with gardening, you can lop off some excess weight while accomplishing something meaningful.  

Several studies have shown that gardening can be an excellent source of moderate exercise. Of course, some gardening tasks, like lugging fifty-pound bags of top soil around the yard, are more effective at shedding pounds than others. 

Here’s a breakdown of some common garden jobs and how effective they are as exercise:

  • Raking the lawn for an hour will burn 292 calories, about the equivalent of a

Starbucks Grande Cafe Latte (made with whole milk.) 

  • Mowing the lawn for an hour will burn 306 calories, the same amount contained in about a cup of bread pudding.

as much as you’ll find in nearly four glasses of wine. 

  • Digging or laying sod for an hour burns up 340 calories! That’s equal to half a Big

Mac, so if you want to compensate for the whole thing, just dig for another hour. 

While gardening may never give you “six-pack abs,” it’s clear that calories burned while mowing, raking, and planting are nothing to sneeze at.  

If the gardening bug has just recently bitten you, maybe we can help by replacing your old outdoor faucet or installing a new one in a more convenient location.  At Connor Plumbing, we’re here for all your indoor and outdoor plumbing needs, all year long.  Happy gardening!

A household drain has only one purpose in life: to move water from point A to point B. 

But when water starts returning to point A, or bursting through an underground pipe to points C, D, E and beyond, the result can be unpleasant, to say the least. 

So how can you prevent drain clogs before they cause you headaches, and cost you money?  Let’s have a look: 

  • Check your sink and tub stoppers at least four times a year for hair and bio-film buildup.
  • Once a month, fill each sink in your home to the brim – one at a time – and then pull up the stopper. The volume and weight of the water will help flush the drain.
  • Every couple of weeks pour an organic drain cleaner down each of your drains.  Products like Bio-Clean (which we carry!) work much better than chemical drain cleaners and won’t damage your fixtures or pipes.
  • Never pour oil or grease down a drain…instead, use a jar that you can later discard.

But should a clog occur anyway, try using a plunger first, but don’t use a plunger after applying a chemical drain cleaner.  Chemicals can damage steel and iron pipes, eventually causing them to leak or burst. Plus, chemicals can splash back and harm you. 

You can also treat a clogged drain with about one cup each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar.  Let that mixture sit for about a half hour, then pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain.  If that still doesn’t solve the problem, try repeating that procedure. 

And, of course, when all else fails, just pick up the phone and call Connor Plumbing.  We’ve been solving residential and commercial drain problems for a very long time, and we’d be happy to assist you, too.  Plus, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. 

There are two things you depend on from your water heater.  The first one is obvious:  a steady and reliable source of hot water for your cooking, washing, bathing, and cleaning needs. 

What’s the second thing?  To operate as safely and reliably as possible for the well-being of your home and family.  Of course, it’s still only a water heater, so to fulfill goal #2, it needs a little help.  And we’re just the people to provide it. 

One call to Connor Plumbing is all it takes to start the process of outfitting your water heater with its own shutoff valve. Once the installation is complete, your water heat will automatically shut itself off at the first indication of a water or gas leak.    

The benefits are obvious:  

  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Reduced risk of water damage
  • Added years of life from your water heater

Most water heaters fail within 7 – 10 years from the time they’re installed, resulting in about 5 million water heater tank failures every year. And yet yours doesn’t need to be one of them. 

Here’s even more to like about having a water and gas shutoff valve:

 

  • Fully mechanical, requires no external power supply.
  • Can be used to shut off water to other tanks, fixtures and appliances, including boilers, pumps and well-tanks
  • Sits in a drip pan under the water heater and is activated when leaking water accumulates to a predetermined level
  • Easily installed on new or older water heaters.

Contact Connor Plumbing today to start enjoying the added peace of mind that comes with a water heater water and gas shut-off valve.

         
 

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