Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog

Thanksgiving Day Cautions for Your Kitchen Plumbing

November 21st, 2017

fall-cornucopiaLast month we wrote a blog about handling your garbage disposal as the big holiday season kicked in with Halloween. It’s almost Thanksgiving, which is one of the biggest days of the year for professional plumbers. You can probably imagine why: the amount of cooking, cleaning, and food disposal in the kitchen can create clogs and broken appliances.

We’re glad to keep busy helping people with their plumbing repairs in Cleves, OH—it’s what we’re here for, after all. But we understand how important time with your family is during this holiday, and we don’t want you to spend a chunk of it dealing with a plumbing emergency. So here are a few pieces of Thanksgiving Day advice for keeping all your kitchen’s plumbing healthy, not just the garbage disposal.

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Threats to Your Kitchen Sink Drain

November 13th, 2017

sink-p-trap-close-upNovember and December are months of the year when professional plumbers are busier than usual. And the reason is a straight-forward one: kitchen plumbing is almost “under assault” during this time because of the holidays: the feasting, the cooking, the guests. Kitchens are at their busiest at the end of the year, and no part of the kitchen plumbing is in as much danger as the drainage system (which includes the kitchen sink disposal as well as the drain).

We’re always ready to help you when you need kitchen sink plumbing assistance. But we also have families and we understand that nobody wants their holiday feasting interrupted because of a clogged up kitchen drain or busted disposal. So to help you avoid these hassles in the first place, we’re going to take a closer look at what threatens your kitchen sink drain. The more you know, the less likely you’ll run into an untimely plumbing emergency.

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Water Quality FAQ: How Does a Water Softener Work?

October 30th, 2017

tapwater-down-metal-sinkWe’ve previously discussed the trouble with hard water in a home’s plumbing before on our blog. There’s a good reason for this: hard water is a problem found across the country, in particular in large cities and their suburbs. In some homes, the hardness level of the water is minor and doesn’t cause noticeable issues. But your home may be one of those where hard water is creating a number of detectable signs—and when you see those, it’s definitely time to schedule water testing so you can find out the type of water softener necessary to counteract the hard water.

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A Reminder about Your Garbage Disposal and the Holidays

October 24th, 2017

kitchen-sink-faucetThe last three months of the year pack in the holidays close to each other, and parties and feasts are a big part of all of them. You’ll probably do a good share of entertaining at your home during the end of the year, and we want to remind you about how to best treat your garbage disposal during the festive season. One tough Thanksgiving dinner can wipe out a sink disposal that’s already has a few years behind it. But if you’re careful, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a disposal that keeps pace with you through to the New Year—and beyond.

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The Benefits of Trenchless Technology for Your Commercial Plumbing

October 16th, 2017
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Here’s what trenchless technology can help you avoid.

You may have heard of trenchless technology before, but weren’t certain exactly what the term meant, or if it had any particular application for your business. Trenchless technology is a type of lateral boring technique that was originally developed in the 1930s to help with coal mining.

Soon after, the technology was put to use in the fields of civic plumbing and engineering, allowing for the laying of new pipeline, telephone wires, and electric conduits without the disruption of streets, sidewalks, and other infrastructure. Eventually, trenchless technology became available for both commercial and residential plumbing, making it easier to repair and replace buried pipelines as a substitute for conventional digging techniques.

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Advantages of Professional Plumbers When It Comes to Drain Cleaning

October 9th, 2017

drain-in-metal-sinlClogged drains, slow drains… dirty drains. They’re the most common plumbing trouble people encounter in their homes. Although you can take steps to reduce the chance of clogs and slow drains (using drain covers, never pouring fats, oils, and grease down the drains, etc.), there is no sure-fire way to prevent them all. You’ll eventually need drain cleaning from professional plumbers.

Drain cleaning is both a reactive measure—getting a drain unclogged—and a proactive measure. In the latter case, scheduling drain cleaning annually means you can help prevent future clogging by eliminating the build-up inside the drains. We recommend you call us for drain cleaning each year.

But why rely on professionals for this job? There are a few reasons:

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Hard Water vs. Your Laundry

September 25th, 2017

water-testingOn our blog, we’ve addressed the problem with hard water in your home and the many different troubles it can cause: high water pressure from a drop of the volume in pipes, damage to water heaters and other water-using appliance, ugly film left on surfaces, and trouble with developing soap lather.

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Do Tankless Water Heaters Need to Be Sized?

September 18th, 2017

tankles-water-heater-repairHow do you determine how large a storage tank water heater you need for a home? The sizing job is something you’ll need to have an expert plumber handle, but the basics of sizing this type of water heater is something anybody can understand: the more hot water demand there is in the house (usually because of the number of people in the household), the larger the storage tank itself needs to be.

But what if you’re planning to install a tankless water heater for your house? As the name indicates, a tankless water heater doesn’t have a storage tank at all. Instead, it applies heat to water as it moves through the unit via a heat exchanger. The water is heated as it is needed (or “on-demand,” which is another name for this type of water heater). So, does this mean there isn’t any need to size a tankless water heater because one size fits all?

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Some Considerations about Tankless Water Heaters

September 4th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThe fall is the best time of the year to replace a water heater that’s showing signs it’s coming to the end of its service life. Fall is generally a slower time of year for plumbers and heating experts, making it easier to schedule the service, and you can spend some extra time making the choice.

“Wait, what choice?” you might ask. The choice of what type of water heater you want to have installed. There are more options today than the standard storage tank water heater, including the heat pump water heater and the increasingly popular tankless water heater. The tankless models are the subject of a lot of scrutiny because they offer many potential advantages, but they also make people a bit nervous because they’re unsure if a system that heats up water “on demand” (i.e. only when there’s a call for hot water at one of the taps or appliances) will end up meeting their needs.

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Drain Care: Keep Hair out of Bathroom Drains

August 28th, 2017

bubbling-drainNobody likes drain clogs in their home. They’re a nuisance. Sometimes a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake can fix them. At other times, they’ll need a professional plumber for drain cleaning services to eliminate.

You can prevent the majority of drain clogs in your house with some prevention techniques. In this post, we’re going to look at ways to keep out hair from the drains in your bathroom. Hair clogs are among the most common and insidious, since it’s easy for clumps to collect in the p-trap (the curved pipe section) under the drain. However, a bit of caution goes a long way toward fixing this.

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