When you hear the word “garbage disposal” you probably assume it’s for all garbage. Sadly, it’s not. There are several things you should never put down your garbage disposal.
When grease cools down, it hardens. This can easily lead to a clogged drain. So what should you do? Pour your grease into a container that can handle heat. After it has cooled down and hardened, empty the grease into the trash.
2. Coffee Grounds
You would think that since coffee grounds are small, they wouldn’t have a problem going down the drain.
Unfortunately, coffee grounds will stick to the drain, causing a clogged up sink that smells like old coffee. Instead, save
your coffee grounds for composting!
3. Egg Shells
If you put egg shells down your drain, they will stick. When you put other items down your drain, they will end up
sticking to the egg shells. This leads to a stinky egg smelling clogged drain. Put your egg shells to good use by using them for composting, just like coffee grounds.
4. Banana & Potato Peels
Both of these items will turn into a gooey sticky glue-like substance when put down the drain. What can you do
instead? Use these items for composting.
5. Beans, Rice, & Pasta
What do beans, rice, and pasta have in common? They all grow and expand when wet. That being said, never put these items down the drain! These will for sure clog it up. Throw these bad boys away in the trash!
6. Fruit Pits
Most people assume that all fruits are totally fine going down the drain. Unfortunately this is the opposite. Most fruits can actually crack or break your disposal blades.
What happens to paint over time? It dries up. When you rinse out your brushes in a sink, you’re basically painting the inside of your drain. This will eventually lead to a drain clog. Instead, clean your brushes outside!
In conclusion, it’s best to understand what can and cannot go down your drain, and how to properly take care of it. When in doubt, call a professional, and if you have a clog that just seems impossible to fix, schedule with us!
Tankless water heaters are the new and improved way of having hot water in your home or business. They are smaller in size, cost-efficient, and an instant upgrade to your home.
What is a tankless water heater?
A tankless water heater, also known as an “on-demand” water heater, heats up your water on an as-needed basis. Just as it sounds in the name, it is tankless. This means that not only does it only heat as needed, it also doesn’t take up as much space. In fact, tankless water heaters are typically the size of a suitcase. That means you can have more space because you aren’t having to make room for a huge hot water tank!
What are the pros?
As mentioned above, tankless water heaters are smaller in size. Instead of having a closet that’s dedicated to just your water heater, you can now use that area for extra storage space! They are about the size of a suitcase, and hang on the wall.
Tankless water heaters are also cost-efficient. They use 30-50% less energy than your traditional water heater. This means that these water heaters save families around $100 or more a year on their bill, depending on how much water you use.
A tankless water heater is an endless supply of hot water. You no longer have to time your showers to save hot water for the next person in your household! These hot water heaters typically take 2 minutes to heat up your water.
It can add more to your property value. According to Zillow, homes with tankless water heaters sold for 4% more than homes without.
What are the cons?
The upfront cost of a tankless water heater is higher than your traditional water heater. Not only is the water heater itself more expensive, but the installation process costs higher as well.
The smaller units won’t be able to heat up an entire household, most likely just one faucet at a time. This means you can’t run your dishwasher and shower at the same time. There are larger tankless water heaters that will be able to manage multiple runs at once, but these will have a higher cost.
You’ll need proper ventilation because most tankless water heaters run on gas or propane. When you get your water heater installed, you’ll also need to have a professionally installed sealed ventilation system.
Gas/Propane vs Electric Water Heaters What’s the difference between a gas or propane water heater and an electric one?
Electric tankless water heaters are more expensive to run, but they are also more efficient. Gas and propane heaters are cheaper to run, less efficient, and they will last longer.
What’s the price difference?
An electric tankless water heater typically costs around $500-$700 dollars. A gas or propane water heater is around $1000-$1200.
This doesn’t count for the installation process either. Installation can cost anywhere between $1,000-$2,000. Gas and propane water heaters are more expensive to install because they require a specific ventilation system.
If you’re remodeling, building or selling your home, a tankless water heater is for you. If you’re wanting to cut down on your monthly bills or become more energy-efficient, a tankless water heater is for you. If you’re constantly worried about a leaking water tank, a tankless water heater is for you.
This being said, a tankless water heater is not a Saturday afternoon project. While they can be purchased online and at your home improvement stores, we suggest leaving it to the professionals.
Is a tankless water heater the right switch for you? Give us a call at (615)-239-1266 to find out!
Or you can request an estimate here.
Drain clogs are a common issue for everyone, no matter if they are business, commercial, or residential homeowner. A clogged drain is caused by a buildup of materials that don’t make it out of pipelines and cause pipes to drain slowly or even overflow with water, leading to potentially expensive damage.
Hydro jetting is the new best method of drain cleaning. The more traditional methods like using a mechanical snake just can’t catch up to the efficiency of this new procedure. Star Plumbing is an experienced company that will take care of any cleaning and repairing drains you may need, including hydro jetting.