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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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When To Call A Plumber

When To Call A Plumber

Know when to call a plumber. Residential plumbing problems often require a plumber but we recommend that you troubleshoot them in advance. The most common residential plumbing problems are:

  • Clogged toilets
  • Clogged drains
  • Leaky faucets
  • Leaky pipes
  • Running toilets
  • Water heater leaks

Troubleshooting Plumbing Tips

Clogged toilets – A regular plunger is often the solution. Try this first.
Clogged drains – Kitchen drains have a garbage disposal. Check for larger debris and obstructions before using the garbage disposal. Bathroom drain clogs are cured by removing the drain stopper to clear the obstruction.
Leaky faucets – Check the faucet to ensure the handle works properly.
Running toilets –Remove the top of the tank to make sure the flap is all the way down. Also check the float position. The float gets stuck causing the toilet to run.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

We are a family owned and operated business with a fleet of trucks serving Las Vegas. Know when to call a plumber by using a few of our tips. We’re serving Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson. Call now to (702) 478-9643.

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Winter Plumbing Tips

winter plumbing tips

Winter plumbing tips in Las Vegas are essential especially because night time temperatures dip below freezing. The temperatures do get cold enough to allow for snow and that means freezing pipes. To keep the water flowing during the winter months, we have assembled some winter plumbing tips just for you:

Tip #1

You should always know the location of your homes main water valve. In case of a major incident, such as a pipe bursting, it’s critical to know where the main water valve is located. This valve is usually located next to the water meter and should be kept in good condition. To maintain your home’s main water valve and keep it in working order, open and close it once a year. Typically this is easy but call a friend if you need some help.

Tip #2

Make sure your water heater runs properly. Your water heater is more important in winter than any other time of the year. Now is the perfect time to make sure it is running optimally. A professional plumber can service the unit by checking the tank’s sacrificial anode rod and making any repairs or replacements necessary due to wear or corrosion. When it comes time to adjust the heater’s water temperature, don’t set the dial above 125 degrees F. This will prevent scalding water as well as reduce energy waste.

Tip #3


Don’t clog the drain with food waste. The holidays inspire some of the largest meals you’ll prepare during the year, so how you dispose of cooking-related messes, leftovers, and table scraps can significantly impact your plumbing system.

For example, fats or oils accumulate while preparing many meals, but these leftovers should NEVER be poured down your drain as they can congeal and clog pipes. Instead, allow grease to congeal in the cooking dish and then scrape it into the trash.

Call Superior Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643 for a free estimate on your next plumbing job.

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Winterizing Plumbing Pipes

Winterizing Plumbing Pipes

Winterizing plumbing pipes helps save money in the long run. With a simple process your outdoor plumbing stays protected from harsh winter elements. We have outlined the process for an easy DIY project.

Use A Pipe Sleeve

Using a pipe sleeve is the fastest way to cover outdoor pipes. This insulated sleeve comes with a slit up the side for easy installation onto the pipe itself. You can cut the sleeve to fit the pipe when needed. Please note that the sleeve usually does not cover the entire pipe. You will see a little bit of the pipe from the open side of the sleeve.

Tape the Sleeve

To secure the pipe sleeve, use heat tape. Wrapping the tape around the sleeve to achieve full coverage is the best option. This tape will keep any heat inside the pipe and usually prevent freezing. While freezing can always occur, this method helps prevent damage.

After installing the pipe sleeve and the heat tape, we like to cover the ends of the heat tape with electrical tape. This secures the ends of the heat tape so it won’t come loose. We have also seen duct tape be used to cover the heat tape but that’s personal preference.

Checking the Pipes

During winter we always recommend checking outside pipes for leaks. Even though we’re winterizing plumbing pipes , there is still a possibility of freezing depending on the outside temperatures. In addition to checking the pipes, a quick walk around your home may identify any water issues.

Superior Pluming & Drain

At Superior, we are a family owned and operated company operating in Southern Nevada. Our goal is to create a lasting relationship with every client and service their needs as they arise. Through our VIP Maintenance programs, we monitor and identify plumbing problems before they become costly.

For service, call us at (702) 478-9643 anytime.