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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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Las Vegas Watering Guidelines

Las Vegas Watering Guidelines

Las Vegas watering guidelines mandate we change our watering clocks on March 1st. The Las Vegas Valley Water District says:

“Assigned watering days are mandatory for all customers. Running your landscape irrigation system outside your assigned days… may result in a water-waste fee or citation. It’s always a good idea to water less often than permitted. Increase the schedule only if your landscape needs more water.”

Mandatory watering restrictions limit landscape irrigation to three assigned days per week from March 1 through April 30. Sprinkler watering on Sundays is prohibited. Watering on days other than assigned watering days and watering during restricted hours are considered water waste and may result in a fee.

Spring Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation is needed less frequently than sprinkler irrigation. During spring, we recommend that you run your drip irrigation system in a single cycle of 30 to 90 minutes, two days a week. The length of each watering should be determined by the emitter flow rate, soil type and weather conditions. See our drip watering tips for details.

If your plants appear stressed, check the soil moisture. If the soil is wet, your plants may be overwatered. Water less often or for less time. Drip irrigation may occur on any day, but must not exceed three days a week.

Daylight Savings Time Change

Don’t forget to set your irrigation clock ahead an hour when daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday in March at 2 a.m. This also is a great time to check your clock’s batteries.

Superior Plumbing & Drain

In conclusion, as a Las Vegas plumber, we are dedicated to our residential and commercial customers. We provide these updates as a service to ensure water conservation is at the top of the list. For more information on Las Vegas watering guidelines and watering days, please click here.

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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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Winter Water Heater Problems

Winter Water Heater Problems

Winter water heater problems are difficult because everyone wants to take a hot shower. At Superior Plumbing & Drain, we service all residential plumbing problems including water heaters. In fact, we often have more water heater calls in winter.

  • No hot water
  • Water doesn’t get as hot in winter
  • Dirty water in sink or shower
  • Water heater is leaking from the top or the bottom

With each of these issues, we offer good insight on the remedy and discuss the causes in detail.

No Hot Water

When a water heater stops producing heated water, the heating mechanism has failed. The most common point of failure is the pilot light. Since the pilot light is a small gas element at the bottom of the tank, it is susceptible to air causing it to go out. When the pilot light is still lit, the next point of failure is the thermocouple that doesn’t sense the pilot light is on and doesn’t ignite the gas.

Water Doesn’t Get As Hot In Winter

Water comes from ground pipes and in winter the ground is cold. This colder water is being dumped into the heater and takes longer to get heated. Reduce winter water heater problems with shorter showers and don’t leave sinks running for long periods in winter.

Water Is Dirty

The most common culprit of dirty water is the anode rod inside the water heater. This rod is designed to collect sediment but when it corrodes, it no longer acts as the filter. A replacement anode rod is needed.

Water is Leaking from Water Heater

When a water heater has reached its life expectancy, it will start leaking. When this happens, it’s time to replace the unit. While these are expensive, a replacement is better than damage caused by dirty, leaky water.

Call Superior Plumbing & Drain today at (702) 478-9643 for a free estimate on your water heater.

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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.