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Garbage Disposal Lifespan

Garbage Disposal Lifespan

The 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.

Professional Maintenance

To prolong the life of your garbage disposal 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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Dripping Faucet

dripping faucet

A dripping faucet is a waste of water and a nuisance. Here are a few issues that cause a dripping faucet. At Superior Plumbing & Drain, we are faucet experts and we’re here to help.

A Damaged Cartridge

With a two-handle faucet, one is for hot water and the other for cold, which means you have a cartridge-style faucet. The cartridge is a valve on each handle that controls the flow of the water into the faucet spout. When the faucet is dripping water, this is a sign of damage to the cartridge.

Broken Washers

A common cause of a leaking faucet is broken washers. Washers rest against the valve seat, and overtime, friction can cause the washers to wear out. This then leads to leaking. If a washer is the wrong size or not installed properly, it can also lead to leaking.

Water Pressure

If you notice that the faucet in your bathroom only drips water during certain times or when your faucet’s handles move a certain way, then it could be your home’s water pressure that is causing the leaks.

Malfunctioning O-Ring

An O-ring is located in the sink’s faucet. It is a small disc that is attached to the stem screw to hold the handle of the faucet in place. Similar to washers, O-rings can get worn out or loose. If one of your faucet’s handles is leaking, this is probably the cause.

Deteriorated Valve Seat

If your faucet is leaking from the spout, then it could be the valve seat. The valve seat connects the faucet to the spout. Sediment can build up and corrode the seat, causing a leak.

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Water Tips For Southern Nevada

Water tips for Southern Nevada

Water tips for Southern Nevada are more important with the current water emergency. While, we’ve written about this before, here’s an expanded list of helpful tips.

  • Take shorter showers to conserve water
  • Install water saving shower heads
  • Use a little less water in toilet tank by adjusting the float
  • Full loads only for the clothes washer and dishwasher
  • Adhere to landscape water restrictions
  • Water during cooler parts of the day
  • Sweep the driveway instead of using the hose
  • Check for water leaks around the house

Superior Plumbing & Drain

We are a family owned and operated company that cares about the community. Saving water helps everyone and is a key component of growth in the Las Vegas valley. We hope you can use the water tips for Southern Nevada

For plumbing issues, call for your free plumbing quote today at (702) 478-9643.

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Winterizing Outdoor Pipes

Winterizing Outdoor Pipes

Winterizing outdoor pipes saves money in the long run.  Be sure to follow these tips:

  1. Insulate pipes with insulation sleeves, wrapping or using slip-on foam pipe insulation. Don’t leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can affect the pipe in these spaces. Plastic piping is more tolerant than old copper or steel water pipes. Winterizing outdoor pipes now helps.
  2. Inspect the exterior of the property, making sure that all visible cracks are sealed. Cold air can enter through the cracks and, once inside, it will cause your pipe to freeze. If visible cracks are noticed, seal them using caulking or spray foam to fill the voids.
  3. Maintain a heating source inside the building to protect pipes against cold.
  4. It is a good idea to maintain a faucet dripping, allowing the water to move freely and continuously, preventing it from freezing.
  5. Make sure the crawl space is properly insulated. Block all vents that lead to the outside using cardboard or wood.
  6. Don’t forget the hose bibs. Hose bibs are normally left unattended, causing them to burst in the middle of the night. Drain hose bibs and insulate with covers. Once this has been completed, deactivate bibs at the shutoff valve.
  7. Use heat tape to protect pipes from freezing. Heat tape is one of the preferred methods for winterizing plumbing, but be aware that these might bring additional hazards. The U.S. CPSC has provided safety recommendations for homeowners using heat tapes to help prevent fires.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

We’ve been servicing Las Vegas for many years and we see pipes burst all the time. Be sure to follow these steps and save yourself some money along the way.

If you need emergency plumbing services, please call us at (702) 468-9743. Our technicians are on call twenty-four, seven to serve you. If it’s a plumbing issue, call Superior Plumbing & Drain.

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Las Vegas Water Conservation

Las Vegas Water Conservation

Las Vegas water conservation is a hot topic. With the federal government declaring a water shortage on the Colorado River and the recent drought, conservation is more important than ever.

According to the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the following reductions are in place: “As part of an agreement with the federal government and the other Colorado River Basin states, Southern Nevada’s Colorado River water supplies were reduced by 3 percent beginning in 2020 due to low water levels in Lake Mead.

Under the Lower Basin Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico reduced the amount of water diverted from the Colorado River to reduce risks from ongoing drought.

The amount of water available to Nevada will be further reduced by another nearly 7 billion gallons (21,000 acre-feet) in 2022 in accordance with the federal government’s August 2021 declaration of a shortage along the Colorado River.”

As Southern Nevada residence, we all must do our part to conserve water. Here’s what we can do:

  • Follow the mandatory watering schedule and set your watering clock accordingly
  • Replace decorative grass with ecofriendly landscaping
  • Fix sprinklers and other water fixtures to stop leaks
  • Report anyone that is wasting water
  • While washing a car at home is allowed, using a car wash is better where the water gets captured and recycled

These measures help the Las Vegas valley conserve water and allows the community to grow.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

For water checks on your system, call Superior Plumbing & Drain today at (702) 478-9643. Our trained technicians use the latest equipment to detect water leaks and fix the problem. Open 24/7, our team is always on call. Licensed, bonded and insured, we do all work right the first time. Click here to make an appointment for your residential plumbing needs.