Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Kitchen Plumbing’

How to Prepare Your Kitchen Plumbing for the Holidays

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The holiday season brings all kinds of demands on both your time and your home. Your kitchen is one of those areas that’s probably going to see more demand than normal, thanks to hosting guests and preparing large holiday meals. There are a couple of things that you should do to prepare your kitchen plumbing system for the holiday season. Read on to find out what.

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How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Most people would agree that leaky faucets are annoying. Despite the widespread agreement on that point, however, far too many people simply ignore leaky faucets rather than having them fixed. The general attitude is that while a leaky faucet is mildly inconvenient, it doesn’t have any significant or lasting impact, and is therefore easy to dismiss. This is, in fact, not true. Leaky faucets actually have a tremendous impact, not only on the environment but on you personally. Let’s take a look at how much water a leaky faucet actually wastes.

One Drop at a Time

The reason that so many people disregard leaky faucets is because they look at them from an in-the-moment perspective. If you look at a faucet that leaks one drop of water every few seconds, you probably wouldn’t think much of it. However, the impact that faucets have is measured over a much longer period of time. Let’s assume that you have a single leaky faucet in your home that drips once every minute. That’s an extremely conservative estimate compared to most leaky faucets, which tend to drip much faster. Even so, that one faucet will waste approximately 34 gallons of water a year. Now, let’s say that the faucet drips once every 2 seconds, or thirty times a minute. That adds up to around 1,041 gallons a year. A leaky faucet can easily waste more water than it takes to fill a swimming pool each year.

The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that the average household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water per year due to various leaks. That has a very real impact on the environment, but it also wastes a lot of money. All those thousands of gallons of water are still going to show up on your water bill, even though you didn’t notice them being used. If you want to save some money on your home’s utilities, get your leaky faucets fixed before they cost you.

If you have a leaky faucet, schedule an appointment by calling Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We provide professional kitchen plumbing services throughout the North Potomac.

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Important Repairs for Your Kitchen Sink

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

The kitchen is one of the most useful rooms in the home, and the kitchen sink is at the center of it all. This fixture makes so many of the most common kitchen tasks easier. You throw food scraps in the disposal for easy cleanup during meal preparation, and you rely on your faucet for fresh drinking water, among other uses. So if you need repairs for your kitchen sink, you need them done right away.

If you find yourself in need of repairs for your kitchen plumbing in Rockville, call one of the friendly professionals at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. Here are some of the most common problems we see and the most important repairs you can schedule for your kitchen sink.

  • Fixing a Leaky Faucet: A leaky faucet is not only an annoyance; it can also cost you far more on your water bill than is needed. Get repairs done quickly and accurately by calling a plumber with the right tools and know-how for fast service.
  • Unclogging the Drain: Kitchen drain clogs can mean foul odors and quite the mess during meal cleanup. These clogs are best left to professionals with the proper drain cleaning tools, such as augers that grip on to tough clogs to pull them to the surface. Liquid drain cleaners can further damage the pipes and cannot dissolve most types of blockages.
  • Replace a Broken Garbage Disposal: Your garbage disposal is responsible for breaking food up into smaller pieces so that it can move into the sewer lines with ease. A broken garbage disposal simply cannot get the job done. Try the reset button at the bottom of your unit for a slow or stopped unit. If this does not work, a technician can install a new one.
  • Descaling the Pipes: If you’ve noticed low water pressure in one or more faucets or fixtures, it could be due to mineral buildup in the pipes. A plumber will need to descale the insides of the pipes and may recommend solutions.

For necessary repairs to your kitchen plumbing or any other needed plumbing repairs for your Rockville home, call an expert at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today!

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What Is Clogging My Kitchen Sink?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Sink clogs are unfortunately a common occurrence in kitchens; even kitchens with the best regular maintenance and cleaning done on their plumbing can experience an accident that will result in a slow sink drain or even a full blockage. Professional plumbers can help clear out your drains no matter the problem—although some types of clogs are worse problems than others.

Here are a few common reasons you may encounter clogs in your kitchen plumbing that our team at Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing can fix. We offer quality plumbing service in North Potomac, MD that will help keep your kitchen’s plumbing and the plumbing in the rest of your house in top shape.

Common Reasons for Kitchen Sink Clogs

  • Fat, oil, and grease (FOG): These three substances, commonly used in cooking and food preparation, are the #1 enemy of sink drains. When FOG is in hot, liquid form, people tend to think it offers no potential to harm pipes­—no worse than any other liquid. But FOG only remains in liquid form when it’s hot. After cooling down, FOG changes into a solid: waxy and tough. This will start to coat the insides of your drainpipes, and eventually will cause clogs and a dangerous increase in water pressure. Plumbers can use scouring technology to clear out FOG deposits. You can also take steps to keep from pouring these substances down your drains and instead place them in separate receptacles for the trash.
  • Soap scum: This is a common foe of kitchen and bathroom sinks. Soap does not often wash down a drainpipe completely, and it leaves behind a residue that can release acid into the pipes and create damage. This soap scum will also start to close off the drains and trigger clogs. Full drain cleaning services are often necessary to eliminate soap scum build-up.
  • Sewer line problems: Here is one of the more serious troubles that can assault your plumbing. You may notice it in your sink first, but sewer lines breaks or blocks will eventually cause clogs throughout your plumbing, and will lead to worse problems with sewage back-up in your house’s foundations. If the blocks in your sink are accompanied by foul odors and gurgling sounds, then you may have a sewer line issue and must call for professionals immediately.

When you encounter a kitchen sink clog, you should try to remove it using a plunger if you have one handy. Plungers are safe for your pipes and easy to use. If the sink plunger does not work, don’t resort to any other home remedy or store bought chemicals for clogs; most of these will damage the pipes. Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing instead and look to our assistance with your kitchen plumbing in North Potomac, MD.

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Never Put These Items Down a Garbage Disposal

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Garbage disposals are among the most convenient of devices in a modern kitchen. However, we sometimes rely on them too much and start to place objects down them that don’t belong there. As durable as manufacturers build garbage disposals, these machines can’t cope with everything, and too much mistreatment will lead to a mechanical breakdown or serious clog.

Here is a short but helpful guide to items that you should never place down your kitchen’s garbage disposal. Following these instructions will make your kitchen plumbing in Rockville, MD healthier. But should you ever need plumbing repairs of any kind, call on the dependable services of Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. We are proud to be the only contractor who offers a 15 year parts & labor guarantee.

Do not put the following down your garbage disposal!

  • Liquid fat, oil, or grease: These three liquids, which we’ll call “FOG,” are major enemies of all drains, not just garbage disposals. Although seemingly harmless when in hot liquid form, they all change into waxy, thick solids when they dry. This can easily jam up the mechanical parts of a garbage disposal, causing it to repeatedly trip its “reset” switch and eventually burn out its motor. Remove all FOG to a separate receptacle and then place it in the trash.
  • Un-chewable food items: Not all food can go down a garbage disposal. The teeth of the grind ring cannot rip through every bit of organic material sent down into the chamber. Here’s a good rule of thumb: “If your teeth can’t chew it, then the garbage disposal’s teeth can’t either.” Place chicken bones, un-popped popcorn kernels, eggshells, pit, and seeds in the trash.
  • Actual trash: Despite the name “garbage” in the title, actual paper and plastic refuse should never go into the garbage disposal. These objects will easily jam up the mechanical parts.
  • Rice and pasta: These may seem innocent enough… but both of them swell in water. If noodles and rice become stuck inside the disposal, they will continue to swell and can eventually stop the disposal from working.
  • Coffee grounds: This one might surprise people, but the tiny particles of coffee grounds will start to build up inside the pipes (the disposal does nothing to cut them down) and begin to trap other food particles.
  • Your hand: We hope this would seem obvious, but please do not put your hand down into the disposal to try to unjam it! This is a standard safety precaution. If the disposal is experiencing problems, call for plumbers to take care of it in safety.

Most garbage disposal issues are basic ones for trained plumbers to remedy. Call Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing to handle the next jam you experience with your plumbing service in Rockville, MD.

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