10 Great Articles On Your Home Plumbing

To be sure your temperature is properly regulated, you should be sure to check it occasionally. It’s a DIY job that your wallet will thank you for. To make adjustments, locate the temperature control knob that is connected to the water heater heat source; you’ll typically find this on the front of the water heater, toward the bottom. Most temperature adjusters are red and easily spotted, with numbers and lines much like an oven knob. Directly above the knob, you’ll sewer drain cleaning find a small black arrow; it lines up with the marking on the control knob itself. This indicates the current temperature (depending on the make and model of the water heater, it may also be labeled cold, warm, hot, or similar). It may also have specific settings notated with different colored lines (generally white at 110 degrees and black at 120 degrees). To get the temperature just right, turn the control knob counterclockwise to lower the temperature, or clockwise to increase the temperature. And never turn the control knob past the maximum temperature. High temperatures have been known to increase the likelihood of scalding after just one second of exposure; in fact, the American Burn Association reports that over 300,000 admissions to burn centers and emergency rooms are a result of scalding.

https://www.expresssewer.com/blog/how-to-quickly-and-safely-adjust-your-water-heater-temperature

Below, you’ll find our original post from 2016. For updated information on the 2017 scholarship opportunity from My Service Depot (now $2000!), please visit https://www.smartservice.com/smart-service-scholarship/ Are you currently attending, or plan to attend, a college, university, or trade school with the intention of pursuing a career in a field service industry? Know someone who is? Well, we have some good news: a $1000 scholarship is being offered by My Service Depot for the 2017 Spring and Fall semesters! The company, known for its Smart Service software, has chosen to offer the twice-yearly scholarship in light of the growing movement to better recognize alternative career paths after high school, as well as the chronic shortage of skilled workers. Says Creative Director Ben Yackshaw, “At My Service Depot, we feel that too much effort is spent directing young men and women to pursue traditional four year colleges and liberal arts degrees when those degrees don’t necessarily translate into good jobs for graduating students.  Meanwhile, many field service occupations that offer intellectually stimulating and well-paying work remain understaffed.” The scholarship is open to anyone who’s enrolled or planning to enroll in a skilled trades program, and  has graduated high school in the last 15 years – or will have graduated at the time of receiving the award – with a 2.5 GPA or better. All that’s needed is either a video (5 minutes or less) or written Gordontheplumber.com Bloomingdale IL essay explaining the applicant’s interest in the skilled trades. Video is preferred “both to increase the appeal of the opportunity and to emphasize traits (affability, presentation) we feel will better serve aspiring field service professionals in their chosen field.” For full details and eligibility requirements, visit http://www.smartservice.com/scholarship.html – entries for Spring 2017 must be submitted by Thursday, November 10th, 2016! We think this is a great opportunity, and encourage everyone to spread the word!

https://theplumber.com/1000-scholarship-available-for-students-pursuing-careers-in-skilled-trades/

In both cases, the removal of the cartridges, ball, seats and springs is necessary for a proper re-build. As far back as I can remember I’ve used a thin blade screwdriver, dental pick or even a long needle nose pliers to remove those pesky seats and springs which sometimes can be a pain in the butt to remove. Especially the hot water side, those rubber seats get hard as a rock and literally, break into pieces when trying to remove them. For the most part getting them out is a relatively straight-forward task, but installing the new ones can be tricky at times. You have to drop the springs into a small recess inside the faucet followed by the rubber seat which also has to sit over the spring and into the recess. Often if there’s water sitting in the faucet, the rubber seat ends up floating up and out of the recess. A good tip is to remove all the sitting water via a sponge or straw so this problem is avoided.I usually, will thread the rubber seat followed by the spring onto a thin blade screwdriver and use it as a guide to lower them into the recess inside the faucet. This has been the way I’ve been doing it ever since I can recall, but recently I found this tool in one of my supplier’s catalogs called a Purge-N-Set tool for seats and springs. Needless to say, besides being a tool geek and curious I had to order one and check it out. Well, I’m happy to say it works really well and for those of you who are having trouble removing and re-installing seats and springs in your Delta faucets, you might want to check it out. You can purchase a Purge-N-Set tool at few online retailers and if you want to see it in action check out the video below where I demonstrate just how it performs.

http://www.bobsplumbingvideos.com/delta-faucets-delta-repairs-purge-n-set-tool/

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working? One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead. That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

http://www.thesunnyplumber.com/blog/drain-and-sewer-service/prevent-holiday-plumbing-nightmares/

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