What Temperature Should I Set for My Water Heater?

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017 8:33:44 AM

Your home’s water heater has a maximum temperature setting that controls how hot the water in your faucets may be at any given time. While most of us don’t think about this setting being customizable, it is actually something you can control.

A new water heater is typically preset to a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that’s the ideal temperature, while others argue that it’s better to reduce the maximum temperature to 120.

There are two distinct schools of thought on this topic. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Water Heaters

Guest Post: How to Conserve Energy During the Summer

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 11, 2017 11:14:55 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

It’s May! Summer will be here before you know it, and we know you'll be working hard to keep your home cool when the temperatures rise.

Interested in keeping your home comfortable without spending a small fortune? Here are some smart tips for keeping your energy bills lower as the heat sets in:

Use Air Conditioning Conservatively

Now, we’re not saying to keep your house uncomfortably warm — we know how hot summers in Greenville can get! Cooling costs can make up a large percentage of your energy bill, so you’ll want to make sure every dollar of that counts.

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Topics: Cooling

How to conserve water in your yard and garden

Posted by Admin on Apr 27, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Roses and irises are in bloom and on Saturdays the parking lots at local garden centers are jam-packed—gardening season is in full swing here in Greenville, SC!

Chances are if you’re the gardening type, you’ve gotten the bulk of this season’s planting work already done, and you’re moving into the maintenance stage of keeping up your yard.

Just because your lawn and flowers will need plenty of water this summer doesn’t mean your water bill needs to climb sky high. Here are some handy tips for conserving water in your yard so you can keep your wallet as happy as your plants!

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Topics: Water

5 Problems Caused by Hard Water

Posted by Admin on Apr 13, 2017 10:06:03 AM

More than 8 out of 10 American homes are affected by hard water—that is, water filled with dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonate. While these minerals aren’t harmful for most people to ingest, hard water can cause a lot of inconveniences in everyday home life.

Below are five typical problems caused by hard water buildup. How many of these symptoms have you noticed?

1. Fading Laundry

Minerals such as iron and calcium found in hard water can react with the chemicals in laundry detergent, compromising its effectiveness and wearing the colors out of your clothing prematurely. Hard water can even leave small chalky or rusty stains or make the fabric feel stiff or scratchy.

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Topics: Water

How to unclog a drain without harsh chemicals

Posted by Admin on Apr 5, 2017 11:44:33 AM

In our last post, we talked about natural bathroom cleaners that can help you keep your bathroom surfaces disinfected without using dangerous chemicals.

This week we’ll focus on how to unclog a drain without commercial drain cleaners such as Drano or Liquid Plumr.

Of course, the best step is prevention. To learn how to avoid problems in the first place, read our post on preventing clogs before they happen.

Why should I avoid chemical drain de-cloggers?

Using natural cleaners helps you remove unnecessary toxins from your home, plus avoid headache-inducing fumes. In the case of drain cleaners, however, there’s also another factor consider: Regular use of commercial drain cleaning products can actually damage your pipes!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Drains & Sewers

Natural bathroom cleaner recipes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 22, 2017 3:09:44 PM

Want to keep your bathroom clean but don’t want to expose your family to harsh chemicals and unpleasant vapors? While commercial cleaning products are popular because they do work well, you can swap them out with natural cleaning products that are gentler on your bathroom fixtures and better for your health.

Sometimes natural solutions take a little more elbow grease to reach sparkling perfection, but on the plus side, they’re easy (and cheap!) to make.

Here are some natural cleaner recipes for keeping your bathroom clean:

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Topics: Bathroom

Going On Vacation? Here Are Our Top Electrical Tips

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We here at Ken's Plumbing can keep your toilets flushing, drains flowing, and water heater hot, but we aren't much help when it comes to the electrical problems you may encounter.

To help you understand some of the most common electrical problems faced by a home or business, enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Topics: Electrical

Preparing For Spring Cleaning? Check Out Our Essential Tips!

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Spring is on its way, and we want to make sure your home is ready to look (and feel) its best when the flowers start to bloom!

With Ken's Plumbing, we are here for you 24/7/364, so just in case things don't quite go your way this spring, make sure you call The Picky People's Plumber for your every need.

Until then, hopefully these spring cleaning tips get you where you need to be.

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Leaky Refrigerator? Here Are Three Common Causes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Have you noticed your refrigerator running? Do you walk by it and see water all over the floor coming from the bottom of the appliance? Not only is it annoying, but it's a serious, and common, problem. If you have a fridge leak, you really want to get it checked out and properly cared for as soon as possible. But why is it leaking? Here are three possibilities:

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Guest Post: What Are The Signs Of An Electrical Issue In My Home?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We here at Ken's Plumbing can keep your toilets flushing, drains flowing, and water heater hot, but we aren't much help when it comes to the electrical problems you may encounter.

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Topics: Electrical