Holiday Foods Harmful to the Garbage Disposal

With the holiday season in full swing, baking, cooking and entertaining fill most of the time in the kitchen. With three trays of cookies in the oven and a hot pot of soup on the stove, chances are, the kitchen area is not the cleanest it’s ever been! While preparing for the holidays, it’s important not to forget about the harsh beating our appliances ensure at this time. One of the most forgotten about being the garbage disposal in the sink. The sink ensures the brunt of the mess and acts as a collect-all for sprinkles, left-over baking dough, dirty dishes and measuring cups. While the sink is a great place to collect the mess, the garbage disposal is not. It’s a wonderful convenience in the kitchen, but is not intended to withstand the abuse of foreign particles. Here are some tips to keeping your garbage disposal in working order during the holidays.

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Water Heater Maintenance

Everyone loves a steaming hot bath on a cold winter evening or cozying up in a clean, freshly washed blanket. Thanks to the hot water heater, those enjoyable moments are possible. The general lifespan of a hot water heater is 15 years, or more, so to ensure more enjoyable moments, it’s important to keep the water heater maintained and in proper working condition. There are also a few precautionary steps you can take to save energy, and save some money as well.      Continue reading

3 Common Water Heater Problems

One of the most costly plumbing fixes a homeowner can face is the repair of a water heater. They are an essential part of a home’s plumbing fixture, but if there is a water heater problem, a few telltale signs will indicate that it’s time for the professionals to take a look.

 

  1. The first indication that your water heater may have functionality issues is if there is a problem maintaining a constant water temperature. In case you are getting scalding hot water or freezing cold water, the most likely issue is that the thermometer in the tank is broken, therefore it cannot gauge the temperature of the water it sends through the plumbing. The good news is that the thermometer can easily be replaced to get your system back to working condition.
  2. The pilot light on the water tank is also a good thing to check often because it can signal a problem. If the pilot light is not staying lit, it could mean a few things. It could indicate that the gas is not reaching to the burner due to a faulty gas valve, or there may be an issue with the venting system. If either of those is the case, the pilot light will not light and you won’t get any hot water.
  3. Another problem that often affects water heaters is sediment build up at the bottom of the tank that causes strange noises while the heater is running. When this happens the heater heats the water and simultaneously burns the sediment, which isn’t good for the life of the tank. The heating element could actually become burnt out and the noise can signal an internal issue within the unit.

 

Because water heaters are so expensive and a vital part of the home, it is important to have regular maintenance performed to ensure the longevity of your water heater. Atlas Butler provides top of the line water heater maintenance and solutions for your Columbus home. We are here at your service 24 hours a day – 7 days a week!