Is it Really Flushable?

Is it Really Flushable?

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″ column_style=”light”][fsn_text] In an effort to stay healthy during the pandemic, are you flushing items that could be harmful to your plumbing system?  Disinfectant wipes have become one of the most sought after items of 2020.  At Churchwell Plumbing, we’re seeing an increase in drainage clogs this year.  Check out the following items to see if you are flushing a product that might be harmful to your pipes (or your checkbook).   Disinfecting Wipes – Wipes that are made for cleaning and disinfecting are NOT made to flush.  They can get clumped together in your pipes and cause damaging clogs.  These wipes are not made to break down in water or in septic systems and you should avoid flushing them at all costs.   “Flushable” Wipes – Flushable personal care wipes, or wet wipes, may say on the label that they can be flushed, but that’s not always the case.  Flushable wipes might not break down quickly enough in your pipes to avoid a clogged toilet.  So, Churchwell Plumbing suggests disposing of them in the trash can.   Paper Towels – While paper towels are convenient and disposable, the toilet is not the place to do so.  With the increase in hand washing and cleaning, businesses and residences are using more paper towels than ever.  Be sure to let your customers and guests know that paper towels should be disposed of in the trash can.   Churchwell Plumbing is here to help with any problems that may arise.  We are committed to helping our customers solve their plumbing issues in a timely and affordable way.  Give us a...
Plumbing Maintenance 101

Plumbing Maintenance 101

Be aware Even small leaks can create big problems for your home plumbing system. Be aware of smalls signs of trouble such as leaking faucets, damp cabinets, rocking toilets and dripping refrigerators. These small issues signal bigger problems that need prompt attention. Be proactive with repairs The longer you wait to repair plumbing problems, the more damage you could be doing. Not fixing a leak promptly can create mold and mildew, something we recommend avoiding. For a clean, dry and safe home, repair leaks early. Have a disaster plan Just in case something goes wrong, it’s always a good idea to have a disaster plan. Make sure you know how to you shut the water off and who to call if the problem isn’t an easy fix. Knowing how to shut off your water can stop a flood, saving you from cleanup time and potential damage. Be prepared for the cold Prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to manage your home plumbing. It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan! Pay attention to where your pipes are located, insulate pipes that need it, crack cabinets overnight and know who your go-to plumber is in case something does...
How to Love Your Plumbing

How to Love Your Plumbing

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! When shopping for your special someone, save some love for your plumbing. Seem odd? Well to keep your pipes in the best working order, you need to show them some TLC. Because February falls in late winter, there are some steps you can take to avoiding surprise plumbing issues. Here are some simple and easy home tips for a beautiful plumbing system. Insulate Plumbing Pipes – Adding pipe insulation can help you prevent frozen pipes, especially in cold parts of your house like the garage, basement and crawl space. Depending on the location of the plumbing, pipes can be wrapped in newspaper, foam, towels, etc. Crack Your Cabinets- When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open. Locate Your Water Shut Off Valve –Knowing where your main water shut off valve is located will help prevent water damage in an emergency. If you ever experience a plumbing leak, you will be able to quickly turn off the water to your home to prevent flooding and damage until a plumbing technician arrives. Correct Small Leaks – If you notice a leak, don’t let it go uncorrected. Even a small leak can make pipes corrode more quickly. Small leaks can lead to water damage and mold. Correcting a small leak now can save you from paying for a large...
ABS vs. PVC Pipes: The Differences

ABS vs. PVC Pipes: The Differences

Even if you are not a plumber, you’re probably familiar with PVC pipe. But have you ever heard of ABS pipes? If you’re a homeowner, starting a new project or just want to know some plumbing basics, here is some good information on two common types of piping. ABS Pipes: One easy way to tell ABS and PVC apart is that ABS is black and PVC is white. But since pipes aren’t meant to be seen, plumbers are usually more interested in other qualities. Made from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene(ABS), ABS pipes are used for residential and commercial sanitary systems. ABS pipes are lightweight, safe to handle and easy to install. ABS pipes are easier to install compared to PVC pipes, but also more likely to deform when exposed to the sun. They are also easier and less expensive to install than metal piping, feature superior flow due to smooth interior finish and don’t rot, rust, corrode or collect waste. Lastly, ABS is better at handling severely cold temperatures, but again, it can warp with exposure to direct sunlight. PVC Pipes Both ABS and PVC are used in pipes because they are non-toxic and resistant to abrasion. PVC is more flexible than ABS and is thought to be better at muffling the sound of running water. PVC pipes are easy to install, strong, durable and when they eventually reach the end of their service life, they can be recycled back into new PVC pipes. As a result, PVC pipe systems are very cost efficient. The plumbing experts at your Churchwell can tell you which type of pipes are ideal for your home,...
4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

4 Ways to Avoid Frozen Pipes

It is possible, and easy, to prevent freezing pipes and the costly damage that goes with them, but only if you plan! 1) Be Aware The location of your pipes can influence how prone they are to freeze. If you want to find where you are most at risk, call us at Churchwell, and we conduct a thorough check of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Typically, pipes most likely to freeze include: Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home. Pipes located in exterior walls. Plumbing on the exterior of the home. 2) Insulate Protect your pipes by insulating them. Some pipes inside the home, like the basement, can be insulated by wrapping newspaper around them. However, in colder areas, it’s better to invest in foam tube insulation. For extreme cold temperatures, you may need to use heated tape specially designed for pipes. 3) Crack Your Cabinets When the cold dips below freezing, leave the doors of your sink cabinets open overnight. Exposing those pipes to the heat inside your home can make a big difference. Keep in mind that if you have any chemical cleaning supplies under your sink, keep it away from pets or children while you leave your cabinets open. 4) Be Prepared for the Worst If you do have a broken/ frozen pipe, you need to know how to shut off your home’s entire water supply. Doing so can save you from major flood damage. Make sure you know where your main shut-off valve is located and be prepared to use it in the case of a frozen...