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Shower Head Mineral Deposits

Shower head mineral deposits

Shower head mineral deposits cause damage. If you are seeing your shower head getting discolored or having water flow issues, it may be time for a good cleaning. Using harsh chemicals can damage fixtures and if used improperly, can be harmful to humans and pets. When deciding on a substitute, think about vinegar.

A safe and effective cleaner, vinegar is safe for you and your family, and when used properly can be a powerful tool in your cleaning arsenal. An additional benefit, vinegar is very inexpensive when compared to those harsh household cleaners. You can buy vinegar by the gallon at the local store for a fraction of the price of chemical cleaners.

NOTE: The type of finish on your shower head and connections will determine if vinegar can be used. Please know the materials before using vinegar to clean. Test a small, inconspicuous area with a cotton swab and let sit for 30 minutes before using on larger areas. You can find out more info on vinegar cleaning products here: Vinegar Cleaning Products

Cleaning a Shower Head

After confirming your shower fixtures and shower head can withstand the vinegar cleaning, it’s time to get started. Here are a few things you may want to use:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bucket or other solid base container
  • Cleaning rags
  • Old toothbrush
  • Paperclip
  • Pliers or wrench

When removing the shower head, place a protective cover, like a rag, over the connected showers surface. Then use the wrench to turn the fixture and remove the shower head.

Once removed, place the shower head into the bucket to catch any debris that falls off during the process. Use the vinegar and the toothbrush to remove mineral deposits. Rinse the fixture under running water until clean.

When clean, replace the shower head and test to ensure the connection is tight and there are no water leaks. Pro Tip: use plumbers tape when replacing the fixture to get a tight connection.

When removing shower head mineral deposits, conduct proper research prior to starting. If you have any questions, call Superior Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643.

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Superior Plumbing Home Solutions

Superior Plumbing Home Solutions are designed to help a resident identify issues. The following tips may help you save money in the short term and the long run.

Solutions to Common Toilet Problems

When your toilet breaks, you can’t always wait for a plumber to arrive and fix it. If you’re having a toilet emergency in your home, try these solutions to common household plumbing problems before making “the call” to our experts.

Your Bowl Empties Too Slowly

If your toilet bowl has a weak flush, you might be afraid it will clog soon—and you’re probably right. A weak flush is usually due to some kind of blockage in the pipes. This type of issue is tricky and you may want to grab a plunger or simply wait to see if the slow water fixes itself.  

Your Toilet is Actually Clogged

A clogged toilet is the most common home plumbing problem. Because of this, there are quite a few methods to try and unclog your toilet. First, try a typical force-cup plunger to remove the blockage. Place the bulb of the plunger into your bowl and pump it quickly and powerfully. Release it slowly to see if the water starts to drain. You might need to try this a few times.

Superior Plumbing Home Solutions

Your home toilet has seals to keep the unit water tight—When you have a leaky seal, the first thing you need to do is find out which seal is the culprit. Once you have identified and evaluated the seal, you can tighten the bolts or in some cases replace it.

If you have a major leak that shoots water out every time you flush your toilet, the seal between the tank and bowl is probably faulty. To fix this, you need to drain and remove the tank before installing a new seal. If you have broken a big seal, you can try to DIY or you may need an expert to help fix it.

Can’t Fix Your Toilet by Yourself?

If you’re having trouble with a toilet in Las Vegas, give Superior Plumbing & Drain a call today to make an appointment. We will send out one of our skilled plumbers to repair or replace your home’s toilet quickly and correctly.

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Water Heater Service Las Vegas

Water heater service Las Vegas is often overlooked and in some cases way overdue. When a water heater is starting to have problems, the result is cloudy water. The water can even turn orange. When this happens, it’s time for water heater service or replacement.

Water Heater Maintenance

Regular maintenance is the key for longevity of a water heater. Experts agree that draining your water heater annually removes sediment and extends the life of the anode rod. The anode rod is an essential component in heating your water. An anode rod is a steel core wire surrounded with one of three different metals. These metals include aluminum, magnesium, and zinc. The rod is screwed into the top of your water heater and protects your water heater from rusting. It keeps the water clear for those warm baths, hot showers, and steamy cups of tea. However, corrosion disintegrates the rod and will harm the water heater itself.

Annual Inspections

Annual water heater inspections are necessary. During the inspection ask your plumber to determine the best temperature setting. In addition, adding insulation to your water heater can keep maintenance costs down and extend the life. Pro tips including draining your water heater on a regular basis and replacing the anode rod can ensure that hot water will be ready when you are. As a result, water heater service Las Vegas shows benefits like clear water everyday.

For water heater service, faucets, toilets and residential plumbing problems Superior Plumbing is at your service. To maximize savings, Superior offers VIP memberships. Every VIP membership includes a water heater flush as well as a whole home plumbing inspection. In addition, we provide a complete HVAC inspection by Superior Heating & Air.

Get prepared for the cooler days ahead by signing up for your VIP Membership today. Call (702) 478-9643.

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Garbage Disposal Lifespan

Garbage disposal lifespan might not be what think. As a small but powerful piece of your home plumbing system, the garbage disposal is popular. It shreds food and waste that goes down your drain to make it small enough to pass through the pipes without causing clogs. In addition, they help prevent expensive and messy plumbing repairs.

How Long Does a Garbage Disposal Last?

Depending on the brand, installation, and use, the lifespan of a garbage disposal varies. Usually, they last between five and seven years with usual wear and tear. When used properly, we’ve seen some garbage disposals last up to 20 years! However, when neglected or overused, your garbage disposal may need to be replaced much earlier.

How To Make Your Garbage Disposal Last Longer

Professional Maintenance – To prolong the garbage disposal lifespan, the most important thing you can do is conduct regular preventative maintenance. The best way to ensure that your disposal is working well and has a long life is to have a professional inspect it yearly. It’s also important to have a professional plumber inspect related pipes and drains every 3 or 4 years. They check for clogs or minor problems that, if gone unchecked, could turn into expensive repairs.

Homeowner Maintenance

Refer to the owner’s manual to learn how to properly clean and care for your system. If you choose not to consult a professional plumber, you can at least try to keep the pipes clear of major debris that would cause an expensive plumbing issue down the line.

Signs You May Need A New Garbage Disposal

When a garbage disposal isn’t working properly, you should check the reset button. If depressing the button doesn’t work, call a licensed plumber right away.

If the garbage disposal doesn’t run, makes a grinding louder than usual sound or leaks below the sink, a professional evaluation will confirm the need.

If you notice any of these signs that your garbage disposal is not working properly, call Superior Plumbing & Drain today.

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Superior Plumbing Las Vegas

Superior Plumbing Las Vegas is a full service, licensed and bonded residential plumber. With more than 30 years experience, our plumbers are expertly trained for any plumbing situation.

In Las Vegas, pipes can burst when temperatures heat up causing pressure to build inside the pipes. Once the pipe bursts, pooling water or gushing water is usually the result.  

Severe Heat Causes Problems

Severe Las Vegas heat dries out the land and dry soil is much looser than moist soil. Underground pipes have more room to shift and move around in land affected by extreme heat. This may lead to older, underground pipes breaking as they shift and move more than usual. While unlikely to happen inside a home, main underground pipes on their route from the road to your home can definitely mean trouble. Cutting back on water usage during extreme heat can help relieve pressure on the entire system and pipes.

We’ve put together a few Superior Plumbing Las Vegas tips to help reduce the chances of broken pipes:

  • Water early in the morning or after the sun has gone down
  • Follow the Las Vegas Valley Water watering guide
  • Keep areas around irrigation systems clean to allow water to flow

In the vent you have a plumbing need, call the Superior Pluming team. We serve Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas and even the unincorporated areas of Clark County.

VIP Maintenance Plan
With a Superior Plumbing & Drain VIP Maintenance Plan, regular services are performed to keep plumbing components running smoothly. In addition, we also perform regular HVAC inspections while in your home. It’s a level of service to give each customer peace of mind.

For questions about our VIP Maintenance Memberships or to schedule an appointment, call Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643 today.

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