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Cleaning A Shower Head

Cleaning A Shower Head

Cleaning a shower head doesn’t take much time if you have the proper items. If you are seeing your shower head getting discolored or having water flow issues, it’s be time for a good cleaning. Using harsh chemicals damages fixtures and harmful to humans and pets. When deciding on a substitute, think about vinegar.

As an effective cleaner, vinegar is safe for you and your family. When used properly it’s 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 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 plumber’s tape when replacing the fixture to get a tight connection.

When undertaking any DIY project, conduct proper research prior to starting. If you have any questions, call Superior Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643.

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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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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.

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Drain Maintenance In Las Vegas

Drain Maintenance in Las Vegas

Drain maintenance in Las Vegas can be tricky because of the hard water. Mineral build up can cause drain clogs as easily as putting unwanted items in the drain. When on a job, we always provide the benefit of the doubt before inspecting a drain. Below are a few tips on what not to put down the drain.

Please Don’t Put These In The Drain

A few items we should never put down the drain are eggshells, coffee grounds, fruit rinds, vegetable stalks and medications. While it may seem like the place to put them, the drain doesn’t always take kindly to these items. When placed in there repeatedly, not only does a drain clog occur, sometimes there is a gas build up leading to odor coming from the drain.

Medications should never be flushed down the toilet or placed in the drain. Once flushed, they go directly into the water supply. The EPA (environmental protection agency) has a way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, Click here for details

Keeping A Drain Clean

When a drain does have an odor or you have cleared a clogged drain, it’s a good idea to clean the drain thoroughly. This can be done by using the hottest water possible to loosen up debris and build up. We also recommend a little bit of baking soda followed by a bit of vinegar. Cleaning the drain regularly with these simple tips will help keep the water flowing all year long.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

We are a family owned and operated company serving Las Vegas homes and businesses. As a licensed and bonded plumber, you can be assured we’ll get your water systems working properly. As your neighbor we treat everyone like family. Call about drain maintenance in Las Vegas where our trained team provides free plumbing estimates at (702) 478-9643.

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Las Vegas Plumber

Las Vegas Plumber

Las Vegas plumber is a general term used in Google searches usually when a specific name of the business is not known. Another search includes plumber near me. These terms produce results for plumbers in your area but maybe not the best plumber for the job.

As a Las Vegas plumber serving Clark County for more than 20 years, Superior Plumbing & Drain is ready to get to work. We are a locally owned and family operated plumbing service. Our reputation for quality work and a solid warranty puts us at the top of the list. In addition, we hire only the best and brightest plumbers and technicians. The secret to our success is quality.

Why Choose Superior Plumbing & Drain

Las Vegas is large area with regular plumbing, septic tanks and all types of plumbing. The residential and commercial plumbing area serves more than 2 million residents not to mention the 45 million tourists each year.

At Superior Plumbing & Drain we are the Las Vegas plumber. On call seven days a week, we respond to any residential plumbing need. From water heater leaks and faucets to drain pipes and sewer clogs. It’s our goal to solve your issue before it becomes an emergency. However, in the case of a plumbing emergency, we will be there for you, the family and in the case of commercial issues, your co-workers.

Most Common Plumbing Issues

Some of the most common plumbing issues in Las Vegas are water heater failures and/or broken pipes causing floods, clogged drains and toilets and water leaks. These represent a large portion of our calls throughout the valley.

When you have a need for a Las Vegas plumber, call Superior Plumbing & Drain for a free estimate. For emergency calls, remodels or just a faucet replacement, call us at (702) 478-9643.

Superior Quality. Superior Service. Superior Plumbing.