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Garbage Disposal Tips

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Here at Steakley Plumbing, we like to offer Garbage Disposal Tips and try to answer the most commonly asked questions when it comes to the plumbing products you will be using in your house.  We know that saving money and having products that last the maximum amount of time with the least amount of maintenance is important to you!  Here are some garbage disposal tips and the different types that are offered so you can make the best choice for your household.

Garbage disposal tips and the different types

(a) Continuous feed garbage disposal has wall switch or air switch somewhere that turns unit on.

(b) Batch feed garbage disposal is operated by a stopper on the drain that when twisted turns on the unit. Batch feed garbage disposals are usually 50% more expensive and have a lot more maintenance problems down the line.

Garbage disposal tips:

(1) For most households 1/2 hp is large enough, 1/3 should never be used!

(2) Most important of all, always run cold water when using disposal.

(3) Clogged drains- Chemicals that are poured into the garbage disposal and drains, harm your garbage disposal and drains because they sit on the bottom of the pipe and usually make the problem worse. Clean your drains with cable and then maintain them with enzyme products that feed off grease and are environmentally safe.

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Bangin sound coming from your pipes

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So you are sitting at home watching your favorite television show, when all of a sudden you hear this loud banging sound coming from your pipes!  You spend days walking around your home trying to figure out where it is coming from. This sounds is usually the sound plumbing makes when there is damage to key components in your home.  Don’t worry not all plumbing fixes are costly and time consuming, knowing where to look is the first part of the battle.  Below we have listed the most common causes of that oh so annoying banging sound coming from your pipes.  The second part of the battle is choosing a plumber that also knows where to look and won’t spend hours of your time and hard earned money trying to identify the problem.

Banging sound coming from your pipes?

This usually occurs when water shuts off quickly, like dishwasher,washing machine etc.

(A) This could be a pipe has come loose from a hanger and is banging on floor joist in the crawl space.

(B) Air Chambers which help absorb shock are not working properly.

(C) The most Likely cause of this is the pressure reducing valve in your crawl space has gone bad and is making noise.

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Tankless Water Heater in the Garage?

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Tankless water heater placement | Steakley Plumbing

So many people ask us about the tankless water heater placement at the time of install.  Tankless water heater in the garage?  Sure, of course a plumber would likely locate the tankless water heater inside the home, or at the very least on the inside wall of the garage.  But it does show how flexible the installation of a tankless water heater can be.  Tankless water heaters take up much less space than a traditional water heater.  No more wasted space with a big and bulky traditional water heater.  Here at Steakley Plumbing we are a the preferred dealer for Rinnai tankless water heaters,  with a Rinnai water heater you can rest assured that you have the best products in your household that will last for years to come.

Do you need more information about tankless water heater placement and purchase?  Just give us a call at 615-254-5325 and see how a tankless water heater can help save you money this year!

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When should I replace my water heater?

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When should I replace my water heater? | Steakley Plumbing

Most gas and electric water heaters have 6 year warranties on the tank.  Extended warranties may be purchased, but since the life expectancy of a water heater is 10 years, Steakley Plumbing does NOT encourage the extended warranty.

You can extend the life of your water heater by draining a gallon of water off the bottom drain valve once a month, per manufacturer.  Also, the anode rod should be pulled every 2 years and checked.  Steakley Plumbing suggests replacement because the labor to remove and install in an old heater is the same, only extra cost of anode rod.  Water softener will shorten the life of a rod.

  • All water heaters by Code, electric or gas, have to now have an expansion tank.  When water is heated it expands.  This gives the heated water a place to go, versus popping the relief valve.
  • All water heaters, electric or gas, in a garage, have to be on a stand 18 inches off the floor.
  • Do not raise the water temperature past 120 degrees.  Scald time at 120 degrees is 5 minutes.
  • 125 degrees is 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
  • 130 degrees is 30 seconds.
  • 140 degrees is 5 seconds.

My suggestion is to not to wait until you have a blow out – replace the water heater every 10 years.  A new water heater will be more efficient and you could even go tankless and not wait until the water heater dictates when it is replaced.

If you have any other questions about when should I replace my water heater, give us a call 615-254-5325 and we can help advise you on your current water heater problems and questions.

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