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Simple Ways to Reduce Water Use

April 13, 2018 | | In: Services

We all need to work together to reduce our water usage in order to protect the planet. It only takes a few small changes to our daily habits to save significant amounts of water every year.

1. Use a timer for showers
By limiting everyone to 10 minutes or less, you can save water while keeping everyone on time in the mornings or at bedtime.

2. Reuse your towels
Instead of throwing your used towel in the hamper everyday, hang it up to dry and reuse it!

3. Be mindful of your laundry
Are your clothes really dirty? Unnecessary washing not only uses up extra water, but also precious energy and time! Only do laundry on items that really need to be washed, and always wash with cold water.

4. Install water-saving taps and appliances
A low-flow showerhead, a new faucet that doesn’t leak, or a more efficient washing machine or dishwasher can all help lower your impact. Small leaks or old faucets can cause huge amounts of accidental water waste.

5. Use sprinklers sparingly
Run sprinklers at night so the water makes a maximum impact. You should also make sure your sprinklers are all pointing in the right direction and in working order. A leaky or broken sprinkler can waste dozens of gallons of water weekly.

6. Use water consciously
Turn the water off while you brush your teeth or washing dishes. Every time you turn on the faucet, do so with attention, so you don’t accidentally leave it on longer than you should.

Give Millennium Plumbing a call to install these money and water saving items!

Spring Plumbing Tips

March 23, 2018 | | In: Uncategorized

Spring is here! Keep your plumbing working all year round and try these spring cleaning tips for your pipes.

Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water.
Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes
Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
Inspect toilet tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
Exercise water supply valves under sinks and toilets to prevent them from sticking.
Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. A great Spring Plumbing Tip.
Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. (The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.) Newer water heaters are more energy efficient

Emergency Preparedness for Your Home

February 10, 2018 | | In: Uncategorized

Do you know what do in case of emergency? Make sure you and your family have a plan, and that you know how to prepare your home should the unthinkable happen. Follow these tips to be prepared:

1. Know where the water shut off valve is
In case of emergency, shutting off the water valve will reduce the risk of flooding. If you need to evacuate your home, shut off the water just in case.

2.Shut off electrical power
If the breaker box is safe to access during an emergency, turn it off. This can also help reduce the chance of further damage to your home. It can help eliminate fires, plus it won’t electrify any flooded water if that is a concern.

3. Install a whole-house backwater valve in the main line.
This will make solving big plumbing emergencies much easier. It allows you to plug up different drains if the sewage is backed up. Give us a call for quotes on this service. You’ll be glad you have it should an emergency occur.

Plumbing Tips for Beginners

January 12, 2018 | | In: Uncategorized

Whether you’re a new home owner or just inexperienced with plumbing, it can seem very overwhelming. While we’re always happy to come help you, it’s important to learn how to properly care for your plumbing system and avoid major problems. Try these plumbing tips for beginners.

Manually Unclog Your Drain
Next time your shower or sink drain is clearing slowly, don’t buy expensive, chemical drain cleaners. These can damage the pipes and are not very effective. Instead, manually unclog a drain with a drain snake. Just insert into the drain and pull back out with the clog culprit attached. A wet/dry shop vacuum will also do the trick.

Check your shower head
If your shower head is dripping, invest in some thread tape. Unscrew the shower head, apply tape by wrapping in a clockwise direction, and reattach.

If the shower head is clogged, soak it in a bowl of warm water and vinegar for one hour. Then, use a small brush to loosen any mineral deposits that could be causing the blockage.

Water Heater
Check your water heater’s thermostat to make sure it’s not set too high. You should be able to go down to 115 degrees and still have enough hot water for your needs. You’ll also want to insulate your water heater’s tank with a blanket to keep water hot for longer.

How to Fix A Running Toilet

December 15, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

During the busy holiday season, the last thing you want is a running toilet. Here is how to fix it.
Two common solutions are closing the flapper and adjusting the float.

Closing the flapper: Take the top off the back of your toilet tank. See the little arm with the chain? The chain is attached to the flapper. If the flapper is stuck open, your toilet is going to run…and run…and run. Check and see if the chain is kinked or hung up. Wikihow recommends threading the chain through a plastic straw if this is the problem.

The flapper may also be slightly misaligned – a simple adjustment may allow the flapper to land on the opening cleanly, creating the necessary seal.

Adjusting the float: The float is the balloon-looking plastic piece that floats on the water in your toilet tank. If the float is the problem, troubleshoot these possible solutions:

Make sure the float is set to the right level. If it’s floating too high, it will allow water to seep through the flapper.
Make sure the float isn’t rubbing against anything. If the flapper is touching other pieces of the flushing mechanism, it may not be able to work properly. Check the fill tube, too – if the fill tube is filling the toilet over the float, the water pressure may be preventing the float from, well, floating.
Make sure the float is still in working condition. A waterlogged float or a float assembly covered in limescale are signs that you need replacements. You can buy replacement parts at a hardware store or call a plumber for a quick fix.

What To Do If Your Toilet Is Overflowing

November 17, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

If your toilet is overflowing, don’t panic! Before you get to the clog, you should turn off the water.

The first thing to do if the toilet is overflowing is to stop the flow of water. Typically, the best way to do this is the toilet’s main shutoff valve.

You should be able to see a water line leading from your bathroom wall to the toilet, and a hand-crank valve along that line. If not, it’s possible that your toilet’s valve is hidden behind the wall. In this case, you’ll need to call a plumber before you move forward.

Closing the valve will stop the flow from filling and give you time to clear the clog.

This valve unfortunately can get sticky or rusty if it isn’t used for many years. Before you get a clog, test the valve adn see if you can move it. If not, spray it with lubricant and try again. Every time you clean your bathroom, you should close and reopen the valve to test it and make sure its ready if there’s an emergency.

Fall Plumbing Tips

October 12, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. Temperatures can drop suddenly, and if you aren’t ready, you could run into a slew plumbing issues.
As it gets colder, take these simple plumbing precautions:

Disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze and expand causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.
Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking. Make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. Be aware that when pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks – no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash enough water to cause serious damage or flooding.
If your home is equipped with interior shut-off valves leading to outside faucets, close them and drain water from outside lines.
Cover outside faucets using a Styrofoam faucet insulation kit available at home centers.
Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Follow these tips to keep your home safe and avoid any major plumbing emergencies this fall. If you have any questions, give us a call!

Cool Plumbing Facts

September 14, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

Do you know all of these interesting plumbing facts?
If you have a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in a week.
The flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596, which is where we get the nickname “the John.” We also call the toilet “the crapper” because of Thomas Crapper, who widely increased the popularity of it.
Ever hear the myth that when you flush a toilet in the Southern Hemisphere, the water flows the opposite direction? It’s not true. It’s possible for the water to flow either direction in either hemisphere.
The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word “plumbum,” which means “lead.”
There are two different types of plungers – a toilet plunger and a sink/shower plunger. Toilet plungers narrow at the bottom to fit into the toilet while sink/shower plungers are flat.
In 1939, Al Moen invented the single-handle faucet that can control hot and cold water in just one turn.
Insulating your home’s pipes can reduce the amount of heat lost as your water travels from your heater to your faucet. You’ll run less water waiting for it to warm up and save money on your utility bills.

Pre-Vacation Water Tips

August 8, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

Before you go on a trip, make sure you do these things to keep your home safe:
Shut Down Your Hot Water Heater
If you have a traditional tank water heater that runs on electricity or natural gas, it’s likely to be among the highest energy consuming appliances in your home. But you might not realize this if you’ve never shut your water heater down for a week, and come home to significantly lower utility bills.
As long as there’s no risk of freezing, there’s nothing wrong with shutting off your water heater for a few days. You can either use the main shutoff handle on your water heater itself, or shut it off at your main circuit panel if that’s more accessible. Some water heaters have a “vacation” setting on the temperature control dial. Alternatively, you can just turn the temperature dial to its lowest setting.
If you’re making this part of your vacation routine for the first time, leave yourself a note to turn the power back on as soon as you get home. It will take a little while to heat up a full tank of cool water.
Shut Off Your Water Supply
When it comes to home repair headaches, broken plumbing pipes are especially costly because of the huge mess they create. If you’re not home to notice the deluge and take action, you might suffer catastrophic property damage. But if you completely shut off the water supply to your home, you can prevent plumbing-related water damage altogether.
If you don’t know exactly where your main shut-off valve is, you should locate it today. Because even if you’re at home when a pipe breaks, the best way to minimize damage is to go directly to the valve and shut off the flow of water at the source.

Typical Plumbing Problems

July 11, 2017 | | In: Uncategorized

Many plumbing issues may seem like small problems you can ignore, but they can actually cause more damage than you might think! Take care of these small issues before its too late.

Leaky Faucet
Does your bathroom or kitchen faucet leak after you’ve turned it off? You might think that small trickle of leaking water is really no big deal, but it actually adds up faster than you might expect, to a loss of as much as 3,000 gallons a year. Not only can this increase your water bill, but it also wastes this precious resource!

You can repair it, or replace it with a new eco-friendly low-flow model.

Leaky Toilet Base

Toilet base leaks can also be majorly damaging. A damp floor can easily turn into a very pricy proposition; left unchecked, the moisture will rot your flooring and even make its way down to damage your subfloor eventually. Repairing the leak could be as simple as tightening the bolts that hold the base of the toilet in place.

High Water Pressure
Does your shower come down extremely hard? This is due to overly high water pressure, which wastes precious water, and also is extremely hard on your plumbing system, causing it to wear out too quickly.

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I got in contact with Millennium Plumbing through a referral about one week ago. I needed a disposal that needed to be replaced. I scheduled the appointment at 10 in the morning and Ron arrived on time. He took a look at the leaking disposal and quickly saw that it must have been leaking for months, which it was. I had gotten previous estimates for a disposal and they were not the cheapest, not the most expensive but somewhere in the middle. For ANY homeowner getting plumbing work, get estimates first! Ron got started on the job quickly, finished within a hour and was very clean. He also surveyed the other areas and tightened some fixtures. All in all, I am COMPLETELY SATISFIED with Millennium Plumbing and their work. I have used other plumbers in the past and they are the BEST.

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