Archive for June, 2016

Saving Water in Your Toilet

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

toiletWant to save water?  About 45% of your total water usage is in the bathroom, and nearly 27% is in the toilet alone! Older toilets can use up to seven gallons per flush, while the most efficient ones use only 1.28 gallons per flush.  That is an annual difference for per person of a little more than 10,000 gallons per year.  That’s a lot of water that can be saved!

So what can you do to save water?  First, if you know you have older toilets that use a lot of water consider replacing them with new, lower flow units.  If you live in an area served by a municipal water supply and pay for water you can recoup your investment fairly quickly through the water and sewer charges.  If you depend on a well for water, you just may save yourself from a dry well during a drought.

If you don’t want to replace fixtures, consider ‘bricking’ your toilet.  You can use any item with sufficient weight to sink in and displace the water, but bricks are cheap and don’t corrode the toilet parts.  Place a brick in the back tank of your toilet.  This reduces the water that flows through the toilet with each flush.  And, as always fix any leaks, including flappers that don’t seal as soon as possible to reduce waste.  Also consider how you use your toilet.  Place used tissues in the wastebasket rather than flushing them.  This practice alone can save you a lot of money over time.

But remember, the new toilets are extremely cost effective and much more energy efficient.  We’re happy to review your plumbing issues and recommend the best course of action based on your budget.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

Your Safety Is Important!

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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First, only do business with reputable companies Look for companies that have been in business for a while. Central Carolina Air Conditioning has been serving the Triad community for over 50 years.  We run background checks before hiring and do random drug testing to make sure all of our technicians are quality servicemen. The majority of our technicians are actually friends or family or our current employees who understand the quality of people we hire.

 Also, ask friends for recommendations If you are new to the area and don’t have local contacts to ask, consider asking your real estate agent.  You can also look to Yelp, Angie’s List and Google to get a feel for what level of service a company offers.  Even the best companies will occasionally have one bad review, but if it is a pattern, run for the hills.

Be Smart, Be Safe

So, once you’ve found the right company, how do you know that the person that rings that doorbell is actually from the company?  First, look at the vehicle.  Most companies will put their logo or graphics on the vehicle.  This is a way to identify people associated with their company and also allows them to advertise. 

Second, look at the service person’s attire.  Again, most service providers have a uniform that includes a logo on the shirt or coveralls.  But what is the best way?  Central Carolina Air Conditioning provides this important service because we care about your family’s safety! We now offer a new and improved service for our customers in which we will text or email you a picture of our technician coming to your home in advance so you know who is showing up at your door!

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Remove Buildup from Your Showerhead

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Does your showerhead seem to spray in every direction except the right one when you get in the shower in the morning? Mine did.  Since I have well water, it is not all that uncommon to have the holes in the showerhead stop up with the minerals in the water.  But fear not, there is hope for a fix that doesn’t mean giving up your perfect showerhead.

Start by removing your shower head at the junction just past where the spigot comes out of the wall.  This can usually be done by loosening it by hand, but in cases of extreme blockage you may need a wrench.  Once removed, turn on the faucet so that you can make sure water flows freely from the pipe.  If it doesn’t call Central Carolina Plumbing to diagnose the problem.  Next, look at your showerhead.  Often, there will be a white, crusty material around the holes in the showerhead.  This is the mineral deposit.

There are two ways to remove these minerals, and you may have to use a combination of the two methods.  One is to manually remove the debris.  To do this, you will need a stiff brush.  Remember that to remove the mineral accumulation the bristles have to be harder than the minerals, so pretty tough, and pretty damaging to the surface.  The second method is a chemical method where you break up the bonds that hold the mineral deposits together. An excellent, and environmentally friendly way to weaken these bonds is white vinegar.  Soak your showerhead for several hours and even overnight.  In the morning you will  be able to use a softer brush (nylon bristle) to remove any undissolved residue.  Be sure to test the vinegar solution in an inconspicuous spot before soaking to make sure it won’t ruin the finish.   Reinstall showerhead.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you have cracked cover plates on your light switches or outlets?  Do you have outlets that don’t work?  It is really simple and easy to replace those old electrical outlet switches as well as the cover plates.

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet:

First, disconnect the outlet or switch from the power supply.  Cut the power supply at the fuse box by flipping the circuit breaker or removing the fuse.  Use a piece of painters tape or masking tape to cover the switch.  Clearly write, ‘No power’ on the tape to prevent someone else from turning on the power while you are working on it.

Next, remove the cover plate from the outlet or light switch that you will be working on.  Use a screwdriver to loosen the bolts that hold the wires to the poles on the outlet/switch.  When removing the outlets or switch, make note of which wire connects to which pole.  It is sometimes helpful to use masking/painters tape to label what the connections were.  Most often, the connections will match in terms of color with red connecting to red; white to white; black to black; etc.   Your new outlet should look a lot like the one you removed.

Make the same connections to the new unit that were on the old unit.  Most outlets do not come with separate instructions so you will need to rely on your labeling in order to make sure you make the right connection.  You can really improve the look of a room by ensuring all covers match and are clean by replacing them.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

1-Ply Toilet Paper versus 2-Ply Toilet Paper from Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Here at Central Carolina Plumbing, we often get questions about what clogs up toilets.  Soon we will have videos to show you about the importance of keeping your toilets and pipes free of non-flushing items.

So what is the big deal about 1-ply vs 2 ply?

At the most basic level, the difference between one-ply versus two-ply or even three-ply toilet tissue is pretty basic.  Each ply of paper adds pulp, and therefore weight and absorbency.  Therefore, the single ply toilet paper would typically not absorb as much moisture or provide the softness of a triple ply paper.  However, recent innovations in toilet paper technology have allowed many of the single ply papers to mimic the characteristics of the double and triple ply papers.

From a plumbing standpoint, the single ply toilet paper offers the best protection for pipes and septic systems.  The bacteria in your septic tank that are responsible to cleaning out debris like toilet paper and waste, are best able to manage the smaller pulp content of single ply paper, as long as users don’t compensate by using more paper.  Research suggests that users use the same amount, regardless of ply, so that by switching to single ply, you can save the environment as well as a your wallet.

Did you know that for the month of June $25 will get you a five point inspection of your plumbing system?  You may know our name, but did you know we’ve been servicing plumbing since 1999?  Here is what we include in this service:

  1. Dye test and check all toilets
  2. Inspect drains and complete a flow analysis
  3. Inspect water supply piping
  4. Test the pressure control system and the expansion control system
  5. Analyze the quality of your water

To take advantage of this super deal, visit our website at http://www.ccair.com/Residential/Plumbing

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

 

What to Flush, What Not to Flush by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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I think we’ve all had that same question at one point in our life – is this really flushable?  So many products now claim to be flushable – baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, etc. But what should you do to protect your pipes?  Rest assured, we have answers.

First, while many products tout a flushable applicator, or ‘safe’ to flush, or event biodegradable, limit your flushes to simple waste and toilet paper.  Anything else should go in the trash.  If you are concerned about odors, simply sprinkle some baking soda in the trash can liner to help absorb odor.  Particularly strong odors can  be mitigated by disposing of them in the main trashcan outside the home (used diapers, any dog/cat clean up items).  While an occasional accident will happen, don’t make it a practice to flush anything that isn’t necessary.  Not only can it cause a blockage, it may unnecessarily fill up your septic tank too quickly.  Most experts recommend that you don’t even flush facial tissues since it can add to the paper waste and increase water usage.

No feminine hygiene products should ever be flushed down the toilet.  In public waste systems they can build up and cause a blockage, which the homeowner may have to pay to repair.  In private septic tanks, they can quickly fill the tank to capacity.  Baby and cleaning wipes are other products that are frequently flushed.  Remember that while one of these may be OK for the system, regularly flushing either of these can lead to disastrous consequences for your septic tank.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!

Why Choose a Tankless Water Heater by Central Carolina Plumbing

Posted on: June 2nd, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

If you find that you have to replace your water heater, you might want to consider a Tankless model.  These water heaters are efficient because you just heat the water you use rather than storing multiple gallons of water, which can cycle over and over before use.  They are compact units that can be mounted on an exterior wall.

In addition, you are unlikely to run out of hot water, as long as it is sized correctly.  Because they work by heating the water quickly and on demand,  there is very little wasted energy.  Tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase initially but energy savings will quickly pay for the increased expense.

You will want to make sure to select the correct size because of the nature of how the Tankless water heater works.  Since water is heated on demand, you need to have it sized to fit the size of your needs. Unlike a regular water heater, a Tankless model’s water output is impacted by groundwater temperatures.  A Tankless water heater located in a warm climate will require less capacity than one located in the frozen Canadian tundra.  Use your coldest groundwater temperature to calculate the gallons per minute you’ll need.

Look for an oxygen-depletion sensor that shuts off the water heater if carbon monoxide is detected and a film wrap around the heat exchanger that will shut off the device if it gets too hot. Since Tankless water heater models are still relatively uncommon, consider using manufacturer-trained installers. Some companies extend the warranty if you do.

Have a concern with your electrical, plumbing or air conditioning? Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical is here to help! We offer 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week!  Give us a call! 1-800-461-3010 to speak with our customer service agents that can answer your questions or schedule an appointment!