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?!

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.

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!

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.

By Mike Connor, Jr. 

It’s 9pm on a Saturday, you’re snuggled up with your favorite blanket, watching your favorite show when suddenly you notice a chill in the air. You check your heat vent, then the thermostat, only to discover that your heating system has stopped working. Ah, the joys of home ownership. 

You know what the say – anything that can go wrong, most often will. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be ready for all those ill-timed household emergencies that will inevitably pop up. Here are tips on how to handle 5 common misadventures you’re bound to encounter as a home owner.  

Kitchen Fire

Keep a household fire extinguisher in case of small fires and be sure to familiarize yourself with its use. Do not try to smother flames with a towel or anything else that could catch fire. Instead, use a pot lid to extinguish stove top flames or sprinkle them with baking soda. If you’re faced with an oven fire, keep the oven door closed and carefully turn the oven off; the fire should put itself out. If you are unable to extinguish a kitchen fire quickly, evacuate your house and call 911 from a safe location. 

Gas Leak

If you notice that familiar rotten egg odor associated with a gas leak, evacuate the premises and call your gas company’s emergency help line or 911 from a safe location. Do not reenter your home until you are told it is safe to do so.

Locked Out

At one point or another, you’re bound to get locked out of your house. And while keeping a spare key under the doormat or in a magnetic key hider is convenient, it can also pose a security risk. Instead, leave a spare key with a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member. 

Animal Intruder

If an unwelcome guest finds its way into your home, keep it contained in one room or area of your home as best you can. Close all interior doors and open a window where the critter is contained, thus giving it a convenient escape route. If it chooses to linger beyond your patience threshold, contact your local animal control center. 

Burst Plumbing Pipe

If you see water gushing from a pipe, prompt action is necessary to prevent damage to your property or belongings. First, shut off the water valve to the burst or leaking pipe, then shut off the main water valve. Once all water has been shut off, place a bucket or large bowl under the damaged pipe and slowly open the two valves to drain any remaining water. Then, contact your trusted plumber to assess and remedy the problem. 

Enter Connor Plumbing:  your trusted Beaumont area plumber since 1908.  And here today for any plumbing need you might have.  Contact Connor Plumbing for the service you need, when you need it.

Your toilet shutoff valve (located on the wall behind your toilet) can leak simply from being turned too far to the left, i.e., counterclockwise.  So, if yours is leaking, try turning the valve in the other direction to see if that solves the problem.

If not, you’ll be glad to know that repairing the valve is a fairly simple procedure, one that starts with shutting off the water supply to your entire house and draining the pipes up to the location of the shutoff valve.  Let’s start from there:

Grab a pan or small tub

After turning the shut-off valve to the full “off” position (all the way to the right), detach the steel hose. But first, place a small tub or pan on the floor to catch any water that might still be present.

Untwist the nut

Next, dis-assemble the valve, remove the screw from the handle and untwist the packing nut. Remove the threaded valve system. In the process, remember the position of the neoprene washers for ease of re-assembly.

Clean the washers

Clean the washers with a rag to remove any mineral deposits.  Keep cleaning until their flexibility returns.

Re-assemble the Valve

Make sure the washers are positioned properly, and then tighten the packing nut a little at time with your wrench or pliers. Do not use plumber’s putty or you might have a hard time fixing the shut-off valve in the future. Also, be sure not to over-tighten the nuts as that could damage the valve.

Re-attach the hose

Re-attach the steel hose to the valve assembly.

Turn the Water Supply Back On

First, re-engage your main water supply and then do the same with your toilet relief valve. If the valve is still leaking, it needs to be replaced, but at least you gave it a heckuva try.

Or, maybe this DIY plumbing stuff just isn’t for you.  If that’s the case, one call to Connor Plumbing is all it takes for any plumbing repair or replacement job, including toilet relief valves.

         
 

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