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How to Know If Your Garbage Disposal is Broken For Good

Garbage disposals have grown to be a great benefit in our modern day homes. Housed beneath our sinks, they make our lives life easier by eating our leftovers and getting rid of other unwanted food products we no longer have a use for.

Often, foreign objects will sneak into the disposal or too much food being inserted into it can cause the entire thing to become clogged.

But what do you do when your disposal isn’t wanting to work for you at all?

In this blog post, I would like to share some of the ways you can tell if your garbage disposal is broken before you decide to call a professional appliance repair technician or get a new one once and for all.

Hint #1: Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On At All

When you flip the switch on your garbage disposal and nothing happens, there is more than likely an electrical problem. This could possibly mean that an attempt to put too much down the disposal could have caused it to overload and short out the circuits.

If resetting the circuits and trying the rest button on the disposal don’t work then there’s the unfortunate chance that it is seriously broken.

Hint #2: Disposal Comes On But Doesn’t Devour Food

When you can get your disposal to turn on but not take care of the food you are putting into it, there’s a good chance that the flywheel is stuck on something or the motor has locked up. This problem can also cause the circuit to overload and the disposal to turn off, which can cause drastic damage if the unit is left on during the process.

Hint #3: The Disposal is Making Humming Noises

There are times when you may turn on your disposal and all you get is a humming sound. Often times, tiny products can get stuck in, under, or near the flywheel of the disposal and in a difficult place to remove.

The most important thing to remember in this situation is to never leave the unit on for more than ten seconds so you don’t burn out the motor. Refer to the video below for more detailed instructions for removing debris from around your flywheel, or see this article.

 
 

How to Fix a Leaking Water Heater

  Water heater leaks shouldn’t be taken lightly, and should be assessed as quickly as possible. Even the smallest leak can cause mold or mildew damage, which can be quite hazardous to your health. Even the EPA suggests that any leaks that could lead to mold damage should be treated ASAP to prevent the risk of developing any major health problems.

On top of everything else, water heaters aren’t cheap to replace, so identifying what could be causing a leak is imperative to making sure you can fix the one you have now. In this article, I would like to talk about the ways to determine what could be causing a leak, so you can get the bottom of things and get the show back on the road again.

1.) Find the Leak, Keeping Your Safety in Mind

Keep in mind that a leaking water heater around electricity can pose a dangerous situation. For optimal safety, turn off the electricity to the water heater on your circuit breaker, and turn off the water while you are at it.

The next step includes draining your water heater of all it’s water. Use a bucket or similar object to empty the water from the hot water tap, to ensure that you won’t get scalded during the fixing process.

2.) Identify the Problem Causing the Leak

Water heater leaks can be caused by many different problems, but some of the most common include:

#1. Heating Element Leak – This is the last problem you want to have because it unfortunately means you will need a new unit completely, as the heating element is one of the most important and it’s the one not working.

#2. Plumbing Connection Leak – By plumbing connection, I mean the place on your water heater where your inlet and outlet pipes meet the unit itself. These components being lose can cause a leak, and simply tightening or replacing them can fix the problem all together.

#3. Storage Tank Leaking – Storage tank leaking can cause corrosion, which can mean a new unit all together. Check the entire unit for holes of all sizes and if you come across any at all, you unfortunately will be looking into a new unit.

#4. Excessive Pressure or Overheating – Excessive pressure from your unit can cause a leak, which can easily be addressed by lowering the temperature on your unit.

#5. Fault in Pressure or Temperature Relief Valve – A fault in pressure could be present thanks to a presence of debris, which can easily be cleaned out. The clogged debris may be causing a build up of pressure. Simply place a bucket underneath the overflow pipe and open up the T & P pipe to catch the debris.

3.) Complete Your Inspection Before Replacing

This may seem like common sense, but it’s best to make sure you have performed a thorough assessment before deciding that you need a new water heater.

If you aren’t 100% sure about your assessment, give a professional a call, as they may be your best option for saving money. After all, water heaters are expensive, and hiring a professional could actually end up saving you money in the end.

 

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How to Clear a Clogged Washer Drain

Washers are one of the most commonly used appliances in modern day homes. Simple to use and quick to clean, washers save us from taking the time to wash our clothing and linens by hand. So when the hose becomes clogged and your washer is temporarily out of order, getting your unit first quickly is important.

The good news is that a clogged washer pipe can be fixed without having to call a professional, and for relatively cheap. If you are feeling up the challenge, grab the following tools and follow these guidelines to get your washer back on track in no time.

What You Will Need
-Bucket
-Pliers
-Source of Water
-Metal Coat Hanger or an object that can function similarly
-Flashlight
-Before you begin, best practice suggests that you check all of the other drains in your hose including the ones in your toilets.

Step #1: Dismantle the Hose

Using your pliers, loosen the hose by gripping the metallic cylinder that connects the hose to the back of the washer.

Turning at a counter clockwise direction, keep going until you are able to completely able to pull the hose directly from the back of the washer.

Step #2: Find Your Clog

It can be dark behind your washer so for best precision, use a flashlight to guide your search for the clog. If you cannot see it, give it another try, or simply consider giving a professional plumber a call.

Step #3: Drain the Hose

If your have been able to spot the clog, place a bucket underneath the hose and stick the straightened hanger inside. Pushing the hanger through the hose will loosen the sides of the clog, and any other parts of it that may be stuck.

Step #4: Clean the Hose

After loosening up the debris that make up the clog, use your source of water to rinse out the hose. At this point you should start to see the debris come out of the hose, so allow them some time to do so. When you notice that the flow of debris begins to slow, use your flashlight to look deeper into the hose to best determine if they are all removed.

It’s not unlikely to miss some components of the debris after all, some of them may break up into even tinier pieces that could come out in time.

Step #5: Test

After placing the washer hose back into the wall, perform a test to see if the drain is still clogging up. If so, you can either repeat the process, or give a professional a call.

Quick Microwave Troubleshooting (Instructional Video)

Microwaves are handy with saving time in the kitchen. If there’s a problem with your microwave, you more than likely want it handled as quickly as possible, as this is causing a delay in the way you prepare food for your family.

Because of the fast need to repair microwaves when they are having problems, we wanted to post this troubleshooting video so that instead of going through the tedious process of looking up the information you need and then taking the necessary time to read and understand it, and then put the information into action, you could instead watch a video and get a better idea of what to do.

So if you’re microwave isn’t heating, the middle plate isn’t rotating, or not even working at all, this video should help.

 If you are still experiencing the same issues after fully watching this video, it’s probably best that you call a professional to take a look at the problem.

Also, if you at all feel uncomfortable in any way about the electrical aspects of this tutorial, you should certainly give an expert a call as this could cause problems during repair. Electricity is nothing to mess with if you aren’t sure what you are doing.

5 Plumbing Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Modern plumbing has made all of our lives more simple however, things can go a whole other direction if problems arise.

In this post, we want to inform you of some of the signs that plumbing issues may be emerging, and what you can do if they happen to you. So without further ado, here are some solutions to any potential pollution that your system gives you.

1.) Know the Signs of an Oncoming Issue

Leaky faucets, rocking toilets, and damp cabinets can all be signs of oncoming plumbing failure, and should be tended to as soon as possible.

Little leaks can lead to big problems fast, so call a local professional to come out early while the bill can still be smaller than it would if the problem were to get worse.

2.) Learn How to Protect Your Pipes From the Cold

Protecting your pipes is imperative during the cold months of the year, and can prevent them from bursting or experiencing any other kinds of problems.

Be on the lookout for cracking pipes so you can tackle the problem before the pipe bursts.

3.) Prevent Frozen Pipes Before They Become a Problem

Why deal with frozen pipes if you can prevent them from becoming that way at all.

Important reminder: Turn the water off before performing this procedure, and be sure to check for leaks once you have turned it back on.

And don’t hesitate to call a plumber if you happen to mess anything up.

4.) Learn How to Access Your Home’s Sewer Valve

It will come in handy to know where the sewer valve is in case of a clogged sewer line.

This will benefit you before the problem gets worse, or to guide the sewer specialist so they can tend to the problem quicker.

5.) Know How to Shut Off All Major Home Appliances

You should always be aware of how to shut off all of the major appliances in your home such as the toilets, washing machine, dishwasher, and other small and large ones alike.

If you experience malfunctions with your appliances, knowing where to shut them off from an electrical standpoint can be beneficial, and save you a bit of a mess.

Repairing a Stuck Microwave Turntable

Microwave turntables are great for ensuring that our food gets cooked evenly. When they become stuck or stop rotating all together, it can be difficult for your cook to get cooked all the way and sometimes even take a lot longer to prepare all together.

Repairing a microwave turntable can be a simple task that you can take care of yourself with the help of a few tools and step-by-step instructions. In this article, we will show you what you need to do to get your turntable working again without investing a lot of your time or money. The problem may lie in the motor itself, or be caused by debris being stuck in the track.

Before we begin, grab the following list of tools for an optimal appliance repair:

  • Old toothbrush
  • Screwdriver
  • Continuity tester
  • Distilled white vinegar

If the motor in your turntable needs to be replaced, you will need these other replacement items:

  • Motor
  • Motor Wires
  • Motor Belt

Now that you have got your hands on the needed materials, it’s time to begin.

1.) Assess the Turntable Track

Check the turntable’s base, track, guides, and wheels for any kind of foods or debris that may be stuck. The turntable cannot function properly if there is anything in it’s path.

Unplug the microwave before doing any cleaning to ensure your safety. To easily cut out any grease or grime in the track, use the white vinegar in a thin layer and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing with the toothbrush.

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How Do You Find a Septic Tank?

Septic tanks seem to be the flavor of the week here on Keith Latch but hey, I do do this for a living – Get it? Hahaha.

Now all jokes aside, knowing where to locate your septic tank can be convenient and save time, money, and frustration on the professional’s part. Whether it’s a home or business, knowing where to find the attached tank is important.

But how do you find it when you aren’t really sure where to look?

Rather than trying to explain such a detailed hunt in the form of a blog post, it will be much easier on your part to just watch this helpful video I found on the topic. In this instance, it’s usually better to have a visual aid, as reading can just make things more confusing.

 

 

 

3 Helpful Tips for Fixing a Leaking Water Heater

When your water heater is leaking, it’s best to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible to avoid your home and belongings from becoming damaged, not to mention, to eliminate mold from producing. Even the smallest of leaks can cause a large amount of damage to your floors, walls, and any other objects that are in the water’s path, and can lead to mold or mildew formation.

According to the EPA, all homes with even the slightest water leak should be treated near immediately to avoid mold and other toxins that could be highly damaging to health.

Now that you know why it’s so important to repair a leaky water heater, this article with provide you with the necessary tips to get the problem fixed as fast as possible.

#1. Always Consider Your Safety

Water + the electricity that helps power your water heater is a dangerous combination, and one that you should keep in mind any time you are near the area. To make sure you are almost completely safe, turn off the water to the water heater via your circuit breaker or fuse. While you are at it, turn off the water before beginning your repairs.

But you aren’t quite done yet. One of the most important parts of your safety is to remain clear of the scalding hot water during the fix. After you have found your leak, remove the water from the unit using a bucket or other container.

#2. Find What is Causing the Leak

Typical leaks in water heaters can be caused by a range of factors, and targeting which one is causing the problem with allow you to find the most optimal fix.

1.) Storage Tank Leaking : Many times, storage tank leaking can be a result of corrosion. Begin looking for holes of any size in any location on the unit. If you notice any size hole at all, you will need to replace your unit all together.

2.) Plumbing Connection Leak : Examine the parts of your water heater where any inlet or outlet pipes connect to the water heater. These connections could simply just need to be tightened with a wrench or replaced, just make sure to not over-tighten them.

3.) Heating Element Leak : A leak in your heating element unfortunately means that you are going to need to look into a new unit all together.

4.) Fault in Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve : Sometimes, your T & P valves need to be flushed of debris to handle the problem. Make sure there is always a bucket underneath the valve to catch the debris. If water continues to leak after this, your water heater will need to be replaced.

5.) Excessive Pressure or Overheating of the Temperature Relief Valve : Excessive pressure can lead to water leakage if it is opened up continuously. This can easily be taken care of by adjusting the temperature on the thermostat. Lower water heat causes the T & P to not have to open as much to relieve pressure, which fixes the leakage.

#3. Inspect Before Making Any Replacements 

Water heaters don’t come cheap, so making sure you have done a full inspection is quite crucial, and could cost you much less money in the long run.

If you don’t feel like you can take care of the entire problem on your own, it’s always recommended to seek help from a professional, and get some ideas from them about your options.

7 Tips For Keeping the Pipes of Your Home Warm All Winter Long

Keeping the pipes of your home from freezing during the Winter season shouldn’t have to come with a high price tag or work load.

Without prevention, the cold harsh weather can cause pipes to leak or crack, leaving behind coldness and other problems for your home. With a few simple preventive measures, your home can be better protected from this unfortunate side effect of Winter.

Here are 7 tips to follow to keep your pipes warm all Winter long.

1.) When it’s really cold outside, keep the cabinets underneath you kitchen sink open so the warmth of the room’s air can keep the pipes warm.

2.) Use rigid foam insulation to close and seal all of your foundational vents that are near your water pipes.

3.) While you’re at it with the rigid foam insulation, cover your walls and ends of your floor joints for maximum insulation.

4.) You can also have all of the walls of your home insulated. You can easily do this by caulking and sealing your windows and doors, faucets, and outdoor outlets.

5.) If you have access to the crawl space of your home from the inside, you can use a fan to blow the warm air towards the foundation.

This isn’t recommended for crawl spaces that are in unheated garages or other areas outside of the home.

6.) Making sure there are no combustible materials in the area, you can use a lamp with a 60 watt bulb in the problem area to keep it warm.

7.) Sometimes pipes may freeze on the inside of one of your exterior walls. If this is the case, you can cut a slight opening in the wall for the pipes to be exposed to the warm air of your home. Use fiberglass insulation to cover the areas behind and in the middle of the pipes, and the rest of the wall.

Septic Tank Overview | Learn How Your Septic System Works

It may be one of the last things you want to think about, but knowing how your septic system works can be beneficial to homeowners.

That’s why in today’s special post, we wanted to share a video that we found that goes into deep detail on the overview of septic systems. We should go ahead and tell you that the video is almost 30 minutes long, but the information you learn may prove to be of value some day, as it may save you time and money.

When a septic tank breaks or needs regular maintenance, knowing where your septic tank is located at the least will save you from paying the pros for more time while they hunt for it.

Now without further ado, here is an overview of how most septic systems operate.

 

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