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Fix Your Running Toilet

Posted on: July 2nd, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

If you have a toilet that keeps running, this can waste quite a bit of water and money. Let’s take a look at how to troubleshoot this.

Problems with the flapper are the most common reason for a running toilet. Turn off the water and drain the toilet, then look at the flapper. Adjust the chain if it is too long or short. A chain that is too long can get caught under the flapper, while a chain that is too short can pull up on the valve when it should not. You can use wire cutters if it is too long.

You’ll also want to look for any problems with the actual flapper, or see if it needs to be cleaned to help it seal better. You can soak it in a bowl of vinegar for about half an hour and then scrub it.

If the flapper is not the issue, check the water level. If it is too high, water will constantly be draining into the overflow tube in the middle of the tank that connects the tank and bowl. Look at it with the water running and the tank full, and see if water keeps draining into the tube. If so, you can adjust the water level by lowering the float.

Lastly, if those are not the issues, check the fill valve. Turn off the water, flush the toilet, disconnect the supply line, and purchase a replacement for the old assembly. You’ll have to replace it entirely.

One of the best ways to prevent common toilet issues in the future such as a running toilet is to replace the insides of your toilet’s tank every 5 years. Think of it as regular maintenance, just as you would maintain other appliances in your home.

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Walter Filtration For Your Shower

Posted on: March 11th, 2017 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

While you may already have a water filtration system in your kitchen for drinking and cooking water, have you ever thought about filtering your shower water? It may sound strange at first, since you probably don’t stand under the shower and drink all your water for the day, but it is actually a smart thing to think about.

Water contains chemicals such as chlorine, which is not healthy to put into our bodies in high quantities. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and absorbs what it comes into contact with. Furthermore, since we typically take warm—even hot—showers, (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a long shower to decompress?) the absorption of the chlorine into our skin is easy.

In addition to the high levels of chlorine, we may also be exposing ourselves to harmful trihalomethanes (THMs), which come from chlorine reacting with other products in the water. Because of the warm air, inhaling the chemicals occurs easily as well. The chemicals can also lead to dry skin, irritation and eczema.

There are many types of shower filters that will help prevent your exposure to all of these things. Filters use charcoal/carbon, Vitamin C or KDF (kinetic degradation fluxion). Carbon filters remove chlorine well but don’t work as well at warm temperatures. The good news is, they are inexpensive. KDF filters are also inexpensive and a pretty effective option. Vitamin C filters create a chemical reaction that changes chlorine and other chemicals, making them harmless.

Most filters are easy to install but you will need to replace them every few months. If you take many baths, there are also filters for that as well. If you want to go a much more expensive but thorough route, consider a whole house filter, typically installed by a professional.

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!

Hot Tubs for Cold Winter Months 

Posted on: November 27th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

During the cold months of winter,images the idea of soaking in a steamy hot tub sounds like a dream. Getting one for your home, though, comes with some expenses and takes preparation. If you’re thinking about splurging on this big-ticket item this holiday season, here is what you should know:

You’ll want to consider where you’d like to put the hot tub and what type you’d like, as some are heavier than others and may require more support than currently exists in that location. Furthermore, the hot tub will need to be at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines and 5 feet from the spa panel.

You will need to install a breaker in your electrical control box. Keep in mind that sometimes warranties are voided if a professional electrician does not install the electrical circuit. Often it also needs to be approved by a building inspector.

Prepare for hot water costs—on average, an electric hot tub uses about 2,500 kWh per year. What does that mean? Well, it’s enough to run more than six refrigerators for about a year. Yikes! So, you’ll want to make sure you have an energy-efficient cover and that it is in good condition. When shopping for a hot tub, look for one that has plenty of insulation and uses an efficient variable speed pump or two-pump system.

Most hot tubs are self-contained, so plumbing won’t be as difficult as the electrical work.

Overall, you’re looking at a project that will cost you several thousand dollars, but in the end, if done correctly, can be a great addition to your home.

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!

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!

 

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!

 

Utilizing a Sump Pump to Keep Your Basement Dry

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

pumpHave you ever heard of a sump pump?  Probably not if you don’t live in an area where flooding is common.  If you have heard of a sump pump chances are good that you now live, or have lived in an area with a pit in the basement.  These pits collect the extra water that seeps into the basement when we have excessive rain that is unable to run off to the streams, creeks and ponds.

In these cases, sump pumps sit just below the surface of the water collection pit.  When the water rises above a certain level, a water control switch is activated that turns the pump on.  Once this occurs, the pump will automatically turn on and pump the water out of the basement and outside and away from the house and it’s foundation.  This keeps the basement and foundation dry and free from mold.

Most sump pumps are directly wired into the house.  But if you have a finished basement, or expensive equipment, including appliances, in the basement,  consider installing a battery backup to protect your investment.  Test whether or not your sump pump works regularly by simply pouring a bucket of water into the pit to make sure that the sump pump turns on when  you pour the water into the pit.  If the pump comes on, it is working correctly.  If the pump doesn’t come on, you should check the electrical supply to make sure it is working.  Check breakers to make sure they aren’t tripped.  Sump pumps should always be on a dedicate breaker.

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Update Your Thermostat

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Is your thermostat old?  If it was installed more than a decade ago, it is probably time to think about replacing it for a newer, more efficient one.  Old style slide, or analog, thermostats are not able to precisely determine the ambient temperature and therefore may not be able to accurately determine the need for heat or air conditioning response.  If your hold thermostat is just one degree off from what the temperature really is, it can cost you about 3% more on average each year.

If you are going to replace your current thermostat, consider an electronic, programmable thermostat that will allow you to adjust the thermostat program throughout the day, and even the week based on you and your family’s needs.  While you know you will be away, you can set the temperature higher during the summer months when no one is in the house.  Conversely, you can set the temperature lower during the winter months if no one is home.   By adjusting the temperature based on the time of day you can expect to cut your operating costs by anywhere from five to fifteen percent annually.

You can even make adjustments for the weekends when usage  patterns differ.  Finally, you can override the settings at any time if needed.  This allows you flexibility while still saving you money.   In addition to the cost savings from not operating the system as much, you will extend the life of the system by not taxing it quite as much.

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!

Keep the Pollen Out, and Keep Your Sanity

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

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Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?  If you are like most who suffer, you likely have noticed the yellowing on every surface here in North Carolina the last few weeks.  So, while you have to suffer to go outside, do what you can to minimize your exposure while you are inside.

Keep pollen from invading your home.  This may seem like just plain common sense but remember that pollen can get in more ways than just one.  Keep windows and doors shut both in your home and while driving to reduce the amount that is able to get in.

Also remember that pollen can come in on you!  That is right – some pollen comes in on your clothes and shoes each time you go in and out of your home and car.  To minimize the amount you bring in with you remove additional layers of clothes before entering your home.  Remove your shoes too.

So if you can’t open your windows, and the weather is getting warm you will have to run your air conditioner.  Set it to recirculate the air in the home rather than pulling in fresh to keep as much pollen out as possible.  You will also want to make sure that your whole house filters are replaced each month so that any allergens that do get in get trapped in the filter.

Finally, make it a habit to dust your furniture regularly with either a liquid spray or a trap and lock cloth.  Vacuum and mop your floors regularly to gather up any remaining pollen.

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Gardening Season Starts Soon by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric

Posted on: March 8th, 2016 by Derek Barmer No Comments

 

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It’s almost that time of year – time to start planning your garden. Whether you live on a big farm or in an apartment in the city, you can enjoy the taste of fresh vegetables this summer with a little planning and hard work.

Begin by deciding what plants you want to grow. Tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers are all good choices for the beginning gardener or one with little space. If you don’t have a lot of room to grow, get a large pot and keep it in a sunny spot on your back porch. Make sure that you give it good, well-drained soil.

If you start now, you can begin seeds indoors to prepare for growing season. If you don’t have the patience for growing seeds, consider purchasing plants in early April. Plants will give you and instant pop of color and will require less time to start.

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Clean Windows by Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing and Electric

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

 

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March has finally arrived and you are likely beginning to plan all your spring and summer activities. Cook-outs, lazy summer afternoons spent rocking on the porch while sipping a tall cold glass of iced tea, and the music of the tree frogs at dusk are all hallmarks of a good Southern summer. So, before you break out the blow up pool toys and rocking chairs, take a minute to get your house in order so that you can enjoy those summer days.

One thing that most of us do to welcome the spring, and the longer days, is to clean the windows. A dreaded chore by many, it can be a quick task with the right tools. First, you’ll need to purchase your supplies if you don’t have them. You will need:

  • A small bucket
  • Squeegee blade (if you have wooden panes that separate window panels choose a small size, otherwise choose the biggest size that will accommodate your windows)
  • A couple of clean cloths or rags for washing the windows
  • White vinegar (1 gallon is enough for most)
  • Newspapers or clean dry rags to dry windows
  • A razor blade and holder (optional)

In the bucket, put one cup of vinegar and about one gallon of hot water. Use rags to wipe windows down with solution, taking care not to get excess water on furniture. Use razor blade if needed to remove sap or paint. Squeegee off excess water solution and polish with newspaper or dry rags. Change water once it becomes dirty.   Clean inside and outside windows, as well as the interior and exterior of storm windows.

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!