Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

Facts About Garbage Disposals You May Not Know

Monday, April 29th, 2019

tapwater-into-metal-basinWe’d like you to meet your garbage disposal.

You might already think you know your garbage disposal since you use it every day, or close to it. Kitchen sink disposals are standard in almost all modern kitchens, and it’s often difficult to imagine what food clean-up after meals would be like without a disposal to take away extra food waste. Without a working disposal, you’d spend plenty of extra time scraping food into a composting bucket.

But the reason we want you to meet your garbage disposal in this post is so you can find out a few important facts about it. These bits of knowledge will help you keep the disposal in good shape.

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Some Misunderstandings About Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, April 15th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterWe think tankless water heaters in Cincinnati are fantastic options for homeowners looking to make upgrades to their hot water systems. The conventional water heater—a storage tank water heater—holds a supply of water in a tank and keeps it at a constant temperature for when a tap turns on. A tankless water heater doesn’t store a supply of hot water at all. Instead, it heats up water when there’s a demand for it.

Tankless water heaters offer a number of benefits for homes, provided professionals handle the job of finding the right sized unit and then properly installing it. If you have questions about installing a tankless water heater, please ask our experts anything and they’ll be happy to help.

Below we’ve put down a list of misunderstandings about tankless water heaters we often have to clear up.

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A Few Regular Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Monday, February 4th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanThe bathroom uses more water than any other room in the house. Considering how much water goes to daily showering, this makes a lot of sense. The toilet alone accounts for 40% of all indoor water use. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a large part of the work of a professional plumber centers on providing installations, repairs, and maintenance for the bathroom plumbing.

We’ve been handling professional plumbing in Cincinnati, OH since 1972, so we’ve seen just about every type of bathroom plumbing trouble that can possibly exist. To help you get a better understanding of the sort of repairs you may need for your bathroom’s fixtures, pipes, etc., we’ve put together a list of the most common plumbing troubles in this room.

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Is This the Fall When I Should Replace My Old Water Heater?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

water-heater-plumberFall is one of the two “shoulder seasons” the come between more intense weather. It’s during these times people often investigate replacing important comfort appliances. Often it’s replacing the heater or the air conditioner, but the water heater is another vital part of home comfort that will eventually need to be replaced. The water heater does much more work around the year than any furnace or air conditioner, since it has to operate almost every single day, and all that wear and tear accumulates until the unit has to be replaced. And, maybe, this is the fall when you need to replace yours?

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What Is the Sewer Cleanout?

Monday, October 15th, 2018

sewer-lid-coverOne of the most important services we offer as a professional plumber in Cincinnati, OH is cleaning and repairs for sewer lines, both residential and commercial. Hey, it’s a dirty job, and somebody’s got to do it—and you’re probably glad it’s not you!

One of the important things to know about sewer line services is how plumbers get to the sewer pipeline that runs from your building out under your property, and then into the municipal sewer system. When you call our plumbers to handle cleaning out drainpipes, we usually won’t need to worry about getting to the sewer line, unless we discover your drain issues are coming from clogs or breaks in the sewer main. When you’re in need of work for the sewer line, our plumbers won’t try to reach it through small drains! We’ll use the cleanout.

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Store-Bought Drain Cleaners and Corrosion: Yes, It Happens

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

woman-shocked-at-newsWe’ve previously written on our blog about the potential problems of using store-bought “drain cleaners” to clear clogs in drains. (We can’t put enough scare quotes around “drain cleaners.” Here’s an attempt: “““““““drain cleaners.””””””) The short version is drain cleaners rarely remove obstructions in drains, are filled with toxic chemicals, can poison the environment, and lead to corrosion in drainpipes that weakens them.

The last part may be hard to believe. Drain cleaners causing corrosion in drains? Is this really something that happens?

Yes, it is.

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Can Old Steel Plumbing Pipes Be Unhealthy for a Household?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

pipes-corrodedOver the last century, many different materials were used to make the plumbing pipes in homes. Today, the most common materials are copper and plastics (PEX, CPVC). But for many decades, the main material used was galvanized steel. If you live in a house that was constructed before 1970 (or even 1980), you may have extensive steel pipes in your household. You may have also heard these pipes pose health risks and other troubles. Is there any truth to this?

Unfortunately, yes.

Fortunately, a licensed plumber can fix this for you.

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Why Drain Cleaning Is an Important Plumbing Service

Monday, April 30th, 2018

bubbling-drainWhen we say “drain cleaning,” what first comes to your mind? Probably a clogged drain that you want unclogged. Unstopping clogged up drains is an important part of drain cleaning, and it’s a service people often call our plumbers to do. When you have a single drain or toilet clogged in your house, and a standard plunger won’t take care of it, that’s when you get in touch with one of our plumbers for the drain cleaning that will solve the problem.

Drain cleaning, however, is more than simple unclogging. It’s also an important maintenance job for your plumbing. If you’re right now in the middle of your annual “spring cleaning” rituals—whatever they may be—we recommend you make scheduling regular drain cleaning services in Cincinnati, OH with our professional plumbers one of those rituals.

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Sizing a New Tank Water Heater

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

water-heater-tankYou’re in the market for a new tank water heater. You either want to replace the aging water heater currently in your home, or you’re moving in a new home that doesn’t have a water heater yet. Whatever the case, you’ll have plenty of questions about buying a new water heater. A major one is how big the water heater needs to be. Too small, and your household won’t receive sufficient hot water. Too big, and you’ll have a massive energy wasting appliance on your hands.

You shouldn’t worry about making the choice. Properly sizing a tank water heater is something to leave to plumbing professionals. They’ll make the calculations to determine the size and type of water heater to meet your family’s hot water demands without draining your bank account.

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What’s Better for Piping: Copper or Plastic?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

cut-pvc-pipesIn the ol’ days of residential and commercial plumbing, the most common materials for piping were cast iron, clay, and galvanized steel. If you have a home that was built before 1970, you may have galvanized steel pipes in many places—if not for your entire plumbing system. Even earlier-built houses (pre-World War II) can have cast iron pipes and a clay sewer line.

These are outdated materials, and if your home contains any of them, we recommend calling our expert plumbers for whole-house repiping in Cincinnati, OH or wherever you are in our wide service area. The pipe materials we use to replace aging pipes are copper and different types of plastic.

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