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Repairing a Leaky Kitchen Faucet

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Sep 28, 2017 10:13:01 AM

In a previous post, we covered how to repair a dripping tub faucet. Now we’re going to turn our attention to another common household issue—a leaky kitchen faucet!

In many cases, stopping an annoying drip for a kitchen faucet is simple enough for you to handle yourself without the help of a plumber. Here’s how to tackle it:

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Topics: Kitchen, Pipes, Water Conservation

Why you should never pour oil or fats down your sink drain

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 3, 2017 9:56:22 AM

In previous articles, we’ve discussed items that should never go down your kitchen sink or other drains. At the top of this list are fats, oils and greases (sometimes abbreviated as FOG).

What makes these kinds of substances so bad for your plumbing?

Well, in addition to being harmful for the environment (large amounts of oil and grease are very difficult for water treatment plants to remove from the water system), the main issue to worry about is the likelihood of creating very nasty clogs.

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Topics: Kitchen, Drains & Sewers, Garbage Disposals

Should I Hand Wash My Dishes or Put Them in the Dishwasher?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Which, do you think, is the best way to clean your dishes: washing by hand or running them through the dishwasher?

If you said, "Nice try... You have to do BOTH to get the best clean!" then you may be shocked to learn that was not a trick question, and the correct answer is not both.

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Topics: Kitchen

Can I Use Regular Dish Soap in My Dishwasher?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Isn't it the worst when you've forgotten to run the dishwasher all week, and then when you finally remember to do it, you discover you're completely out of dishwasher tablets?

If you're down to your very last dish, you may look over to your regular liquid dish soap and think, "Eh, soap is just soap, right? What's the worst thing that could happen?"

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Topics: Kitchen

Plumbing Hacks: When to Use Hot Water vs. When to Use Cold Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When you turn on your faucet to wash dishes or take a shower, do you use hot or cold water? What about for laundry — do you do separate loads with different water temperatures, or do you throw everything in with some soap and call it a day?

Believe it or not, there's a time to use hot water and a time to use cold water. Fortunately, we know when to use which and want to let you in on the water "secret" so you can be a pro when to comes to washing clothes, dishes, and even you!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Kitchen, Bathroom

Plumbing Hacks: How to Save Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 21, 2015 8:50:15 AM

You already know the most basic water saving tips — "Turn the water off while you brush your teeth," and "Do larger loads of laundry."

These tips help, but there are a lot of other things you could be doing to aid in the conservation effort. We've pulled together a list of plumbing hacks you can adopt in order to save water as well as save yourself a little cash!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Kitchen, Bathroom