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One of the first things that I did when I moved into my new home was start looking into my options for solar power. I’m a big believer in reducing dependence on natural resources that are unsustainable, and one of the best ways to do that is by using natural resources that are sustainable, like sunlight. I was thrilled to have my own home that I could customize with solar power. I found that there were all kinds of options for solar power besides those big clunky solar panels. I eventually settled on solar shingles for my roof, and I’m looking into solar powered windows, too. I started this blog to share more information about solar trends with people who are as interested in sustainable energy as I am. I hope to help you understand how contractors can help with these large projects!


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Answering Questions About A Couple Of Common Plumbing Problems

The modern plumbing system that is found in most homes is a highly complicated system that relies on many different components to function correctly. Unfortunately, it is a possibility that these components may encounter a host of problems that can make life in your home less convenient and comfortable. Sadly, many homeowners lack a basic understanding of the plumbing system that is in their homes, and this may cause them to have a hard time addressing these problems. By having the following couple of plumbing questions answered, you should find yourself better able to address the routine issues that can arise in your home. 

Why Is The Dishwasher Having Difficulty Draining?

A dishwasher can drastically reduce the number of hours that you will have to spend cleaning dishes, but it is relatively common for these devices to encounter difficulties draining. Depending on the configuration of your dishwasher, this may be an extremely simple repair to make. These devices are often made so that they will drain into your kitchen sink where the garbage disposal is located. Unfortunately, if this drain is clogged, the water will be unable to drain from the dishwasher.

To address this problem, you should turn on the garbage disposal while having the faucet running hot water. This will break up any solid matter that has clogged the drain, and the hot water will loosen stubborn grime and flush out any remaining debris.

What Is Causing Rarely Used Drains To Smell Bad?

Another common issue that that homeowners may encounter is a drain that has started to smell bad. This may seem strange when it is a drain that you rarely use, but it is also another issue that is often easy to address. The pipes connecting to your drains are designed to retain a small amount of water. By doing this, a barrier is created that will prevent odors from the septic system and other pipes from escaping through the drain. 

Sadly, this water can evaporate, and when this happens, you will no longer have this form of protection from the odors. Luckily, you can address this issue by simply turning on the faucet at least once a week. This will replace the water, which should prevent the smell from returning. If this fails to correct the issue, you may need a professional like one from Biard & Crockett Plumbing to inspect it.

Understanding how to address some of the more common plumbing issues can help you to avoid letting these problems severely disrupt life in your home. By knowing how to correct a common cause for dishwashers failing to drain and knowing why your unused drains may smell bad, you will be in a better position to protect your home from these issues.