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Green Bathroom Cleaners You Shouldn’t Mix

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Remember These Helpful Tips!

Have you switched to green household cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda instead of harsh chemicals? Congratulations! That is a great way to protect he environment, as well as improve the air quality in your home. While your grandmother likely warned you not to mix ammonia and bleach, you may not know that some natural bathroom cleaning options can also produce dangerous reactions. Today we will discuss a few harmful combinations to avoid.

Castile Soap & Vinegar

Alright, so this one in’t dangerous, but mixing them will only create a mess. When these two are put together, the cancel each other out, leaving you with a goopy mess.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar

Separately, both of these cleaners work well with baking soda. However, when mixed together they form chloramine, a harmful gas. his gas can hurt your lungs and cause serious eye irritation.

Bleach & Vinegar

While we know bleach isn’t all natural, sometimes bleach is what you need. Just in case, we want to make sure you know that you can’t cut your bleach with vinegar to make it less harmful. When mixed together, these ingredients form chlorine gas, which can be lethal in high doses. When inhaled in small amounts, it leads to chest pain and difficulty breathing.

Bleach & Rubbing Alcohol

Somehow even more dangerous, mixing rubbing alcohol and bleach can create chloroform gas. This  gas also causes irritation, and sustained exposure can render you unconscious. It can even be lethal in high doses.

(Just to be clear, bleach should never be mixed with anything but water.)

If you realize your bathroom is in need of repairs, don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (716) 894-4382 for all of your plumbing needs!

 

 

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Three Things to Think About During Bathroom Remodels

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Think Twice Before You Take Out the Bathtub During a Bathroom Remodel. Bathtubs Add to the Resale Value of a House.

If you’re working a bathroom remodel in your home, you’ve probably thought through a lot of the details. Things like the color of tile, type of shower head and the type of counter material are typically details that people think when they start remodeling a bathroom. Other details are just as important, but often not considered. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, don’t forget about these fine details. Also remember that The Plumber offers plumbing fixture installation services.

Bathroom Remodel Tips

Don’t Take Out the Bathtub: Bathtubs are a huge sale point for a home. Removing the bathtub might seem appealing for opening up space in the bathroom, but if you’re ever planning on selling your home it could cause you get less money.

Put in a bigger mirror: Activities such as shaving, applying make-up or flossing your teeth require being able to see clearly. Installing a bigger mirror with extra lighting above it can improve the functionality of your vanity.

Don’t forget the storage: There are a lot of things to store in your bathroom, and you don’t want them cluttering up the counter. However you want to make sure that you maximize the space in your bathroom. Simple changes in your storage plan, such installing drawers instead of cabinets under the vanity, can help you get the most storage out of the space you have.

Call Us

Bathroom remodels can be fun projects to work on. When the time comes to install the faucets and other plumbing fixtures, call the reliable plumbers at The Plumber at (716) 894-4382 for professional installation that will last for years.

Prepare For Water Leaks Now

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Be sure to locate your water shut off valves today, so that you are prepared in the case of an emergency!

Have you ever experienced a plumbing emergency? If so, you likely had to think fast to protect your home from water damage. If you have not yet experienced a plumbing emergency, we have taken a moment to lay out some of our best advice. When it comes to a water leak, every second matters, and if you act quickly, you can save yourself hours of clean-up and repairs.

Find Your Water Shut Off Valves Today

Do you know where all of the water shut off valves are in your home? It is essential that you locate each valve before an emergency happens. Outside of your home, you should find the master valve for your entire home. Sometimes, this valve may require a wrench. This valve will stop all water from flowing in the house, which is ideal for if you experience  main line break. However, if your sink is the only fixture affected by the emergency, turning off the water to the whole house in unnecessary and very inconvenient. The majority of your fixtures will have their own valve, such as the ones  you see behind the toilet. For sinks, you will find the valve underneath, and for your fridge, or washing machine, you can find the valves behind. Showers and tubs often have the valves hidden in the wall, so you may need to remove a fixture to locate them.

Finding your water shut off valves will save you time when you need it most. After you’ve turned off the water, be sure to give your reliable plumber a call at (716) 894-4382 for fast and speedy repairs!

Signs You Have a Sewer Line Problem

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Sewer leaks can encourage the appearance of rodents and other pests.

Your sewer line represents perhaps the most important plumbing in your home. Unfortunately, since the lines run underground, you can sometimes remain in the dark about an important sewer line problem. Since these can have repercussions around a home or business, you’ll need to stay aware of the symptoms.

Bad Smells

You should never just shrug off the smell of sewage around your home. In addition to its unpleasantness, sewage stink can also indicate a leak or rupture in your sewer line. The smell of mold or mildew can also indicate problems with the sewer. As moisture collects from a leak beneath your home, it can provide ideal conditions for the growth of these substances.

Clogged or Backed Up Drains

Since all your pipes drain into the sewer, a problem there will eventually make itself known across your homes sinks and bathtub. Clogs can happen in sewer lines just like any other pipe. Additionally, if the line has ruptured, it will fill with soil and become blocked. In any case, you may notice that all the drains in your house operate slowly. If the clogged goes untreated, it will eventually result in the actual back-up of sewage into your home.

Odd Patches in the Yard

If you noticed an unusually vibrant patch or soggy areas in your yard, chances are you have an underground leak. Leaked sewage will actually act as fertilizer for your grass, and can encourage its luxuriant growth within the area of the leak. 

If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, you need immediate service from a quality plumber. A sewer line problem can spiral out of control quickly, and will eventually require significant repairs. For help with your sewer line problem in Buffalo, NY, call The Plumber at (716) 894-4382.

Don’t Flush That! 5 Strange Things Found in Sewers

Many times, plumbers are called to fix clogged drains and sewer lines in commercial and residential buildings. Over the years, plumbers around the world have discovered some pretty startling things in clogged pipes! If you are experiencing issues with clogged drains in Buffalo, NY, give The Plumber a call at (716) 894-4382! Hopefully you don’t have any of these in your drains, except maybe the last one!

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Alligators and plumbing are a bad combination!

  • Alligator: After all of the jokes and myths over the years, it had to come true eventually, right? In 2006, a 600-lb alligator was found in the sewers of Texas. The massive creature had gotten so large, he wedged himself in a pipe and couldn’t get out!
  • Goldfish: Have you ever flushed a seemingly dead goldfish down the toilet? Next time, think twice! In Canada, Goldfish are surviving and breeding in the sewers.
  • Fatberg?: In London, a 33,000 lb mass of congealed oils, fats, and diapers has been discovered. This monstrosity is referred to as Fatberg. Make sure you throw away your grease, rather than wash it down the drain!
  • Grenades: Also found in London Sewers, a surprising amount of hand grenades! Perhaps someone was hoping to destroy Fatberg?
  • Watches!: In the UK, a man found 4 luxury watches, with an estimated value of $93,000. Two of the watches were Rolexes, and the others Omega, and Franck Muller.

If you are experiencing a drain issue, spectacular or simple, it is important to have it addressed as quickly as possible. Unattended to drain issues can cause long-term damage to your plumbing. For all of your plumbing needs in Buffalo, NY, and surrounding areas, call the experts at (716) 894-4382!

Common Plumbing Myths

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Taking care of the plumbing in your home will prevent damage and helps you avoid needing repairs

Have you ever been given a piece of information that seemed too good to be true? These bizarre plumbing myths have been debunked, so you don’t have to find out the hard way!

Myth: Ignore your leaky faucet.

Truth: You should always worry about a leak, no matter the size. A leak can damage your faucet or stain your fixture. According to the EPA, a leak can lead to 10,000 wasted gallons of water per year in a single household, or the equivalent of 270 loads of laundry.

Myth: Ice cubes will sharpen garbage disposal blades

Truth: No, but they will clean your blades, which should happen if your sink starts to smell.

Myth: Putting a brick in your toilet tank will save water.

Truth: While this could happen, it can also displace too much water, causing you to have to flush twice and not save water. Plus, bricks deteriorate over time and cause other important parts of your toilet to break.

Myth: Lemon peels make your disposal smell good.

Truth: Sure it will smell nice, but peels can clog your drain. And they won’t actually clean your drain, they will just mask the scent. Only attempt this if you have a powerful enough disposal to cut through the peel. If you are unsure or do not have a powerful disposal, try pouring some white vinegar to freshen up your disposal. You can also try mild soap and warm water to disinfect your garbage disposal.

Myth: You can clean plumbing fixtures with hand soap

Truth: On the topic of soap and cleaning, depending on the type of plumbing fixtures you have, hand soap may actually be damaging to the surface.Brass fixtures should be cleaned with gentle solutions, like lemons and baking soda. Your toilet bowl should be cleaned with a disinfectant.

Myth: Flushable Wipes

Truth: Flushable wipes do not biodegrade like toilet paper and can cause problems when they pile up and clog the lines. Actually, unless you want your toilet overflowing, never flush anything except toilet paper and waste.

Myth: Cat litter is flushable

Truth: Even if you have a litter that claims to be flushable, do not flush it. Cat feces contains a parasite that is harmful to humans. Modern wastewater treatment is effective at removing the parasite, but it pose problems for countries without modern wastewater treatment, harming pregnant women and marine life.

Myth: Toilet blow tablets that contain bleach will keep your toilet clean.

Truth: If you have a tablet that is meant to stay in your toilet, make sure it doesn’t have bleach. These tablets will destroy the working parts of your toilet within 6 months. Bleach in the bowl is fine, but don’t let it linger for more than 10 minutes.

Myth: Water flushes counter clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern hemisphere.

Truth: This idea is based off the Coriolis effect, the apparent deflection of the path of an object that moves within a rotating coordinate system. However, this does not apply to small bodies of water, like your toilet. The direction of the flush is determined by the design of the toilet.

Burst pipe? Leaking water? Get Emergency 24/7 Service. Our emergency service is not an answering machine–all phone calls are forwarded directly to a representative who will then assist you and get a technician sent over right away. Call us today at (716) 894-4382 if you need plumbing services in Buffalo, NY!