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If you were water bill went up by 1%, would you make a fuss? Probably not. You’d just figure you used a little more water than you did during the previous billing cycle.

But what if it went up by 17% from one cycle to another? And you were reasonably sure that there were no dramatic upticks in your home water usage. Then would you be upset?

Well, Connor Plumbing is here to tell you that taking action is a whole lot more productive than merely venting a little steam. In fact, whether your water bills are going up or not, now you can look forward to annual savings on your water bill up to 17%. How? By converting one older toilet to a dual-flush model. Dual-flush toilets, as the name implies, have two buttons vs. a single handle.  One button is for liquid waste only (half flush), and the other for liquid and solid waste combined (full flush).

A half flush uses only 1.02 gallons of water. That’s truly amazing when you consider that a standard toilet uses 3-7 gallons per flush, depending on when it was built.  Okay, you might say, but “What about the low-flow toilets I’ve been hearing so much about?”  Well, those are great water savers, too, but dual-flush toilets out-save them, and by a considerable margin.

Let’s do the math.  Most low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.  With a dual-flush toilet, a full flush uses 1.53 gallons while a half flush uses only 1.02 gallons. That’s a significant savings, regardless of the source of your comparison – standard or low-flush toilet.

As for the amount of water you’ll conserve, let’s assume you use the toilet an average of 5 times a day. If so, you personally save nearly 600 gallons of water per year with a dual-flush toilet. For a family of four, that works out to 2,400 gallons per year. annually.

Another benefit of dual-flush toilets is that most models have a larger trapway than conventional toilets for removing waste than conventional toilets. That, in turn, reduces the likelihood of a clog.

For more information or a free quote on a new dual-flush toilet for your home, contact Connor Plumbing today: The Choice of Generations.

Today’s bathtubs come in countless shapes, sizes, materials, and price points.  That enables you to select one that compliments the style of your home while keeping this home improvement project on budget

Here are the main things to consider before a settling on a replacement tub of your own:

  1. Start with the space. Is the bathtub being installed into an existing space? Is it an uncommon shape or size? Most tubs on display at home improvement centers are sized for average size openings, so if you’re working with an unusually small – or large – area, you might need to special order yours.
  2. Consider your budget. A no-frills, fiberglass bathtub can cost as little as a couple hundred dollars, while a deep soaking, cast-iron, the claw-foot tub can easily set you back $1,500 or more. And while you get what you pay for, today’s lower priced options are durable, easy to maintain, and stylish.
  3. Choice of materials. Fiberglass, cast iron, and steel, oh my! Every option has its pros and cons, so read up and ask questions to make sure you understand their unique advantages and disadvantages.  Fiberglass and acrylic bathtubs are relatively inexpensive, light weight, and come in various colors and sizes. However, they don’t have the life span of porcelain covered cast iron tubs which can easily last 50 years. But as durable as it is, cast iron might also require additional support under the sub floor.
  4. Ease of maintenance. Certain bathtub materials require more maintenance than others. For example, cast iron and steel bathtubs are prone to rusting should the un-coated underside come in contact with water. On the other hand, acrylic and fiberglass require more frequent (yet gentler) cleaning.

Need some friendly, unbiased advice?  Connor Plumbing is on hand to answer your questions and help you make the right decision for your home, family, and budget. Plus, from the demolition of your existing tube to new-tub installation, you can count on us to handle all facets of the project.  Contact us today for more information and a free new project estimate.

Mold. It’s a dirty “four-letter word” that stops people in their tracks and sends them into a panic, especially when they discover the real thing inside their homes. Rightfully so, too, since mold is more than unsightly; it’s downright unhealthy.

One of the more common places for mold to develop in inside your dishwasher. That’s because it’s the kind of warm, dark, and damp environment that mold thrives on. Add in leftover food particles and soap residue, and that further stimulates mold growth. 

Luckily, and with a little elbow grease and some basic supplies, you can remove even the most stubborn mold deposits and prevent future occurrences. Here’s how:

  • Start with an empty dishwasher and remove all racks and silver-wear trays or baskets. Wash the racks and trays by hand with warm soapy water and set them aside to dry.
  • Mix 2 cups of hot water with ½ cup of distilled white vinegar in a bowl or empty spray bottle, and apply to the moldy areas as well plus any seals and crevices where mold could be lurking. Thoroughly scrub the inside of your dishwasher with an old toothbrush or sponge, paying special attention to the underside of the spinning arms, and then rinse with warm water.
  • Place the racks and utensil trays back inside the dishwasher. Pour two cups of vinegar into a small dishwasher-safe bowl and place it upright on the top rack. Run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting available.
  • Finally, sprinkle a cup of baking soda on the dishwasher floor and run a full wash cycle on the highest heat setting a second time. While the vinegar works to kill the mold, the baking soda tackles any mold spores the vinegar may have missed while deodorizing.

Once the job is completed, you can step back and enjoy your sparkling, mold and mildew free dishwasher. To help keep mold from coming back, wipe down any wet areas after emptying your dishwasher if you don’t think you’ll be running it again for another few days or so.

At Connor Plumbing, we can help in you prevent mold growth by repairing plumbing leaks as soon as you notice them. The longer you wait, the more likely mold and mildew are to appear. For more information or for plumbing leak repair, contact Connor Plumbing today:  The Choice of Generations.

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 kitchen drain is capable of handling a lot, everything from soapy dishwater to spoiled milk and dinner scraps. Its appetite can be so voracious it can occasionally fool you into thinking it’s tough enough to handle whatever comes its way. Trust us, it’s not.

Here, in fact, are five substances that should never see the insides of your kitchen drain or garbage disposal, and for more reasons than one:   

1.      Toxic Substances – Paint, paint thinners, solvent-based cleaners, and even nail polish remover should never be poured down the drain. Instead, check with your town government on how best to dispose of these substances. Many hold “community clean up” days throughout the year where they will accept such substances for proper disposal.

2.      Medications – When your medication expires, don’t throw it down the drain or flush it down the toilet. Instead, mix it with used coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw it in the trash or check with your local pharmacy to see if they offer “take-back” days.
3.      Cooking Oil and Grease – Whether it’s butter, vegetable oil, or bacon fat, pouring oil and greasy substances down the drain can clog your pipes and result in costly repairs. To dispose of cooking fats, pour them into an empty glass jar or metal can, let it harden, and dispose of it in the trash.
4.      Kitchen Waste – Even if you have a garbage disposal, there are certain things you should avoid putting down the drain. Fibrous fruit or vegetables and starchy foods like pasta and potato skins can gum up the inside of the drain, often too far down to easily break up the logjam. Instead, dump your kitchen scraps into the compost bin.
5.      Automotive Products – The biggest no-no of the bunch is used motor oil. According to the EPA, one quart of motor oil can contaminate 2 million gallons of drinking water.  Take all automotive products, such as motor oil, antifreeze, and brake fluid to a recycling center or service station for proper disposal.

Even if you’re careful with you pour or place in your drain, clogs can still happen. If that time is now, you can depend on Connor Plumbing to make short work of it and get your drain or garbage disposal flowing free and clear once again. Contact us now or any time for the service you need, when you need it.

If you just take it as gospel that outdoor faucets produce cold water only, we’re here to inform you otherwise.  Because in no time at all, Connor Plumbing can either replace an existing cold-water faucet with one that produces hot and cold, or install a brand-new faucet where it’s most convenient for you.

So now that you know it’s doable, what exactly would you do with such a convenience? Here are a few suggestions just to get you started:

  • No more lugging pails of hot water outside
  • Clean your car more thoroughly and save money by not going to the car wash as often
  • No more indoor baths for Fido, at least not during the warm weather months
  • Keep your patio furniture and gas grill clean
  • Do any fishing? Now, instead of gutting a fish in the kitchen and stinking up the whole house, take care of business outdoors.
  • Clean up after a camping trip like a pro.
  • Keep your gardening tools showroom clean.

No doubt you can add substantially to that list. Now, all you need to do is contact Connor Plumbing for a free quote and prompt installation. By the way, have a swimming pool? Well then, how much more convenient would it be with a hot and cold outdoor shower, too?!

Your plumbing is capable of producing a variety of sounds, and for all kinds of reasons.  Sometimes, they’re enough to drive a grown home owner plumb crazy.

If you’re experiencing a clanking symphony inside your own house right now, don’t ignore the sounds, because they’re probably not going to go away on their own.

One such noise is a loud banging sound coming from inside your water pipes.  This is known to the plumbing community as “water hammer” and, if you’ve ever heard it, you know exactly why.

The most common form of water hammer comes from a faucet being turned on or shut off, although that sharp banging noise can come from any of your pipes.  Water hammer also produces a ticking sound that can be heard all over your house.

Your pipes can also emit a whistling sound, a likely indication of low water pressure or that your pipes are contaminated with debris, thus causing air to be trapped inside. One way to stop that noise is to turn your main shutoff valve on and off so the pipes can drain and flush.

Or, how about when you take a shower and hear a whooshing sound – that ever happen to you? If so, the likely cause is a large amount of mineral buildup in your water heater or hot water pipes.

Most plumbing noises, including water hammer and water heater whooshing, require the services of a professional plumber to make the necessary repair or adjustment. So, if your plumbing has you wearing head phones at home to block out all that noise, why not contact Connor Plumbing today for prompt service and your guaranteed satisfaction with our services.

Whether Fluffy likes to frolic in the sun, or Rex prefers to relax in the shade, summertime brings countless ways to enjoy the warm weather for you and your furry companions. And while you’re tempted to let them tag along on your afternoon run or hop in the car with you to run a few errands, keep in mind that as the temps rise, so do risks to their good health.

You see, cats and dogs don’t respond to heat the way we do. Since they don’t sweat through their entire bodies to keep cool, they are at increased risk for heat stroke and dehydration, especially older or overweight animals.

So, what can you do to ensure your pet stays safe this summer? Following these helpful tips is a great place to start:

1. Early summer is an ideal time to have your pet checked by a veterinarian while ensuring their vaccinations are up to date. With increased time outdoors comes increased chances for bug bites, heartworm and rabies.

2. Even pets can get sunburn, especially short-haired pets and those with light colored noses. Apply pet-approved sunscreen to their ears and noses to help prevent skin problems.

3. A well-groomed pet is a happy pet, especially in the summer. Cutting your heavy-coated dog’s hair down to an inch from his skin helps keep him cool, while frequent brushing does the same for your feline friends.

4. Provide your pet with easy access to fresh, cool water, especially if you’ll be gone for an extended period. A few ice cubes in their bowl will help keep that water from getting warm too quickly.

5. For outdoor pets, consider putting a small kiddie pool in a shaded spot for them. But since standing water attracts bugs, especially during warm weather, clean it often.

6. If it’s extra hot and humid outdoors, the best place for your pet (and you) is indoors.

To make it easier to keep your pets well-watered and clean, maybe it’s time to install an extra outdoor faucet. Think of the added convenience that can provide in addition to simplifying your pet care. Installing an outdoor faucet near your driveway, for example, would make it much easier to wash your own car and save money by lessening your dependence on commercial car washes. Out back, if there’s not a faucet already, you can finally plant that garden or flower bed that you’ve been hoping to for ages. For more information and a free quote – or, to schedule installation – contact Connor Plumbing today. We’re you’re all-purpose Beaumont area plumber.

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.

         
 

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