How to Choose a Garbage Disposal

There are certain things in life that once you start depending on them, you can’t live without. A garbage disposal is one of those things. Convenience and affordability make them a necessity in most homes. If your current garbage disposal is not working correctly click here for a few tips. If that doesn’t work, take a few moments to compare the features of most garbage disposals, and then give us a call!

How Much Power?
A garbage disposal starts at 1/3 hp, but models are available to a whopping 1 hp. That’s a lot of power. We suggest a minimum of ½ hp for the average kitchen. Give us a call to go over what horsepower is right for your kitchen and cooking style.

Septic Issues
Homes with septic systems should take special care In choosing a garbage disposal. You should consult your friendly neighborhood plumber to go over the pros and cons of a garbage disposal, and what precautions you should take in Reading, MA.

Noise Level
“Quiet” and “Garbage Disposal” are words that are seldom used together. The crunching noise of a garbage disposal traditionally is the sign that it is doing its job. If you are hoping for a quieter unit, then your best bet is to invest in a larger, heavier model that will contain more of the noise. Just take special attention that it will still fit under the sink. We can help you with that.

Switches
There are 2 ways available that will turn those grinding gears on and off of your garbage disposal. A continuous-feed is the most common. You run the water, flip the switch and grind away your food waste. A batch-feed automatically turns on when you place a specific stopper in the drain. It is easier to install and safer because the garbage disposal won’t work unless the stopper is in the correct place.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Reading and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their garbage disposal installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Save Water This Summer

Summer is only a month away, and many of us are already looking forward to having some water fun that we missed desperately throughout the winter. But first, let’s spend a little time saving water in our homes, and a little cash besides.

Save Water at Home

1. Check for leaks. Leaks are not always as obvious as finding a puddle of water in the middle of your floor. Sometimes you need to go looking for them. They can hide. That can mean wasted water and damage to our homes. Click here for a few tips on how to check for water leaks in your home.

2. Brushing your pearly whites. For every minute you let the faucet run, that could mean 2.5 gallons of water needlessly going down the drain. Turn off the water and take your time performing your daily routine of brushing your teeth.

3. Shower time. Americans love their showers. It can both wake you up to prepare you for the day and then wash away the remnants of that long day at work. Did you know that outdated showerheads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute? Consider updating to a more water efficient one and saving on both your water bills and energy bills.

4. Car wash. Washing your car on a bright sunny day to some is a tradition that has been handed down through generations. Take care to turn off the hose when you are soaping down, or better yet, consider using a car wash that recycles the water instead.

What uses the most water in our homes?

If you guessed toilets … you are absolutely correct! The average American household can use up to 400 gallons of water per day. According to the EPA, our toilet accounts for 24% of that … more than any other item in our homes. What’s the solution? We suggest upgrading to a more efficient toilet!

A WaterSense toilet can save you cash each month, and as a bonus you’ll be doing your part to help save the environment. And while you are considering updating your toilet, think about your showerhead. Showers account for the 2nd most water usage in the home.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Swampscott and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Identifying Sewer Line Problems

What is sewage? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “waste material (such as human urine and feces) that is carried away from homes and other buildings in a system of pipes.”

Yuck, we all want sewage to be as far away from our home and family as possible. Even thinking about having it lingering in or around our Lynn, MA home is unacceptable.

Clogged Sewer Line

Sewer lines can become clogged by the wrong things being forced down our drains. If you’d like a reminder about common items that should never end up being flushed, check out our blog “What Not to Flush Down Your Toilet”.

Roots in the Sewer Line

Ahhh, don’t you love the beauty of trees? Sadly, the roots from those same trees that we love can also work their way toward our sewer line and cause cracks in the system. That’s something that needs to be take care of, the sooner the better.

Video Inspection

Our video inspection equipment allows us to determine the location and depth of the sewer line damage from above ground. This allows for spot repairs whenever possible. We can tell many things including the condition and type of blockage in your sewer pipe. This non-destructive method of assessing root and other damage allows us to find the exact location of the problem and fix it efficiently with minimal digging.

Sewer Line Symptoms

1. Sewer Gas – Nobody wants to smell sewer gas anywhere near their home, and they shouldn’t have to.
2. Slow drains – If you are constantly plunging your drains or they are always running slow, give us a call to diagnose your problem.
3. Mold – A crack within your sewer line inside your home can cause mold to grow. Mold loves dark damp places and will grow quickly if given the chance.
4. Bright green grass – A cracked sewer line will give a section of your yard a jolt of nutrients. While it may give that section of your yard a beautiful green glow, nobody wants sewage leaking into their yard.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their sewer line service. If you think you have a sewer line in need of repair, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Spring is a Good Time to Check for Water Leaks in Marblehead, MA

It’s been a long winter, a very long winter. Now that spring is finally here, now is a good time to check for water leaks. Summer fun is right around the corner, so let’s get some home maintenance out of the way.

Check for Pipe Damage

Cold weather and pipe damage seem to go hand in hand with the severe temperatures that came our way last winter. Grab your flashlight and let’s start exploring the dark crevices under the sinks and in the basement. Leaks can start out small and are not as obvious as spraying water from a busted pipe can be.

Toilets

Toilets are often the cause of high water bills, and many homeowners never realize it. The silent loss of water from corroded water valves or flappers can waste 30-250 gallons a day, depending on the leak size. That’s a lot of water (and your dollars) needlessly going down the toilet

Toilet Leak Test

Checking your toilet for leaks is so easy, it can be done in your PJs while drinking your morning coffee! Put 1 teaspoon of food coloring into the tank. Wait about 10-15 minutes. Do not flush the toilet during that time. Look inside your toilet bowl. If the water is still clear, you do not have to worry about a toilet water leak. If the water changed color, uh oh! You can find more information on our blog post How To Fix a Running Toilet for tips.

Check Yard for Poor Drainage Areas

Choose a nice dry day to take a walk around your yard. Are there any areas that seem to be taking longer to dry? Did you have a drainage problem in that area before winter set in? If this is something new, you might have a pipe leaking underground.

Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, have you checked on it lately? Pour a couple buckets of water into the pit where you have your sump pump installed. If it doesn’t automatically drain the water, you will want to find out the reason why before April showers bring more than May flowers.

Test Outside Faucets

Don’t forget to check on your outside faucets. They are often times forgotten until you need water outside. Turn them on for several seconds. Then check for leaks. Now is the time to find out if they sustained any winter damage … before you want to use them.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Marblehead and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you found any plumbing leaks, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Garbage Disposal Problems You Can Solve in Reading, MA?

The garbage disposal is our own personal troll that lives under the sink and is always hungry. It is always waiting for its next meal and to eat through our food waste. We feed it and it keeps our sink clear. But what do you do when that troll stops eating?

How Do I Fix My Garbage Disposal?

First, make some room under your sink so you can get a better look at the garbage disposal unit. Most of us keep things under there like cleaning supplies, that need to be moved out of the way.

Next, turn on the garbage disposal and listen. What do you hear? It might be silent, it might be only humming, or you might hear the gears trying to work through something unsuccessfully.

If it is silent, then resetting it could be the answer. Near the bottom of the disposal unit there should be a red button, press it. That should reset the unit. If that doesn’t do the trick, do a test to see if it is getting power.

If it is humming, then it’s getting power but probably has something keeping the blades from moving. Before you continue TURN OFF THE POWER to the garbage disposal. At the bottom of the disposal there is usually a hex-shaped hole that will allow you to fit a hex wrench into. Try to dislodge whatever is keeping the blades from moving. If that is not a choice, use something like a broom stick in the sink drain to see if you can free the blades.

If it is churning, there could be items that the garbage disposal was not made to chew through. Stringy food waste, such as banana peels, can keep the blades from being able to move well enough to make its way through the waste and clearing the drain. After making sure the POWER IS OFF, try using tongs to pull out as much as possible. That might be just enough help to let the disposal finish its job.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Reading, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. Check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Do I need a Battery Backup Sump Pump system in Swampscott, MA?

Your home is probably the largest investment you’ve ever made. A sump pump is necessary in many Swampscott homes to help keep their basements from flooding during inclement weather.

What is a Sump Pump?

It is an electric pump, usually found in the basement of a home, which either pumps water to the outside of the home or into the drainage pipe system. These pumps are extremely important when flood prevention is necessary in your home. Water leakage or flooding can be a very dirty and damaging occurrence resulting in water damage and property damage.

A battery backup sump pump system automatically begins pumping during power outages, when the primary pump fails or can’t keep up with incoming water seepage.

Why do I need a Battery Backup Sump Pump System?

Power Outages: The same weather that is producing that water invading your basement is also probably bringing with it possible power outages. A loss of power means your current sump pump can’t do its job.

Valuables: The basement is a family area for some of us, a storage area for many of us, but for most of us, the location of our heating system and/or water heater. Water damage can destroy all of that when a sump pump cannot work due to power failures.

Peace of Mind: Sump Pumps can fail for many reasons … from clogs to the age of units. Knowing that you have a backup system available to pump water out of your basement, as you sit in your home listening to the pounding rain fall outside, is a blessing. We all have enough to worry about. A failing sump pump due to an electrical outage is something that can easily be prepared for.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Swampscott and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. Check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink in Lynn, MA

It’s a beautiful morning in Lynn, MA. Well, it was, until you noticed your kitchen sink is not draining. Something happened between last night and this morning … and now you’ve got to fix the problem or worry about it all day while you’re at work. Here’s a few things to try before scheduling a plumber’s visit for later.

How Do I Unclog My Kitchen Sink in Lynn, MA?

Check the Obvious. Run your garbage disposal. It may seem obvious, but it is the easiest fix to a clogged drain and worth double checking.

Empty Out Your Sink. You’re going to need room to work with. If you have any dishes that are waiting to be cleaned, put them aside and you can take care of them later … hopefully with a cleared drain.

Plunger Time. Every house should have a plunger. If you don’t, put it on your shopping list. A little bit of energy plunging that sink could be just enough to get it flowing again.

Natural drain cleaning solution. Now you’re going to need to remove any standing water left in the sink. Once you’ve taken care of that, pour 1 cup of baking soda and then 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. See the bubbling? Let’s hope it’s working on that clog of yours. Once the bubbling is over, plug up the drain and waiting 15 minutes. Now try running hot water down the drain to see if the clog has cleared. You might need to try this process a couple of times.

P-trap. Look under your sink and locate the curve in your drain pipe. Put a bucket under that area. Remove the nuts and loosen up the ring to get access to the P-trap. Let any water or debris fall into the bucket. See anything else that could be clogging up the drain? Reassemble and try running water through it.

Plumber’s Snake. If you already own a plumber’s snake, then now would be the time to give it a whirl. We’ll be discussing its usage in a future blog.

If your clog persists, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment. Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been clearing drains in Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years.

How to Fix a Running Toilet in Marblehead, MA

There are certain things we’ve come to rely on when we enter our bathroom; hot water runs when we want to take a shower, and cold water emerges from the sink faucet when we want to brush our teeth.

But what do we expect most from our toilet? Yes, that’s right. When we push down on the handle, clean water will appear to freshen up the bowl for the next visitor.

But what if your toilet has been running, and there is no water in the tank? Then you need to take some simple steps to decide if a plumber needs to be called ASAP.

How Does My Toilet Work in Marblehead, MA?

I’m sure you’ve been diligent about keeping the outside of your toilet clean, but have you ever looked inside the tank? Remove the lid and take a look inside. It’s not too confusing. It only takes a couple moving parts working in unison to allow your toilet to do its job.

When you pushed on the handle, it should have opened the hole to release water into the bowl by pulling up the flapper. Does it look like it is opening and closing properly?

Inside the tank you’ll also see a plastic float. When water drains into the toilet bowl, that float drops and the valve knows to fill up the tank again. When the float levels off, the valve knows to stop adding water to the tank.

A minor adjustment to either of those may be all it needs. If you are still faced with the same dilemma, or have only been able to create a temporary fix, we can help!

Check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment. Waldman Plumbing & Heating have been fixing these same kind of problems in Marblehead and the North Shore area for over 100 years.

Has Winter Brought Heating Problems to Your Reading, MA Home?

We’re not quite through with January yet, and if you are already having problems with your heating system, now is the time to decide on what steps to take to be able to endure the rest of winter comfortably.

Here are a few questions you should be asking yourself:

  • Have you needed to call for repair service more often?
  • Have you noticed a rise in energy bills from last year, even though the average temperature has remained the same?
  • You’ve had yearly tune-ups performed on your comfort system, but have you still noticed an unwelcomed change in its performance?
  • Has the warranty on your heating system run out?
  • Is your heating system 10 years old or more?

The answers to these questions will provide important information when we assess whether to repair your current system or recommend a new heating unit for you and your family.

Waldman Plumbing has been providing plumbing and heating service to The North Shore for over 100 years. If a Waldman representative makes you a promise, we keep it! Check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Faster Drains and More Hot Water in Swampscott, MA

If a slow running drain and a lack of endless hot water plagued your holiday guests, here are 2 New Year’s Resolutions you are going to want to keep.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Faster Running Drains

When your drains aren’t draining smoothly, your whole plumbing system is affected. If you noticed drainage problem during your holiday parties, now is the time to find the source of the problem.

Waldman Plumbing offers Elite Cable (Snake) Drain Cleaning Service as well as hydrojet services. Our goal is to discover the problem, fix the problem, and prevent future problems.

New Year’s Resolution #2: More Hot Water

Would you like to have more hot water to be available in your home at a turn of the faucet? Most of us believe you can never have too much hot water available at any given time.

A tankless water heater can provide you with an endless supply of hot water. And if you update to a Hybrid Water Heater you can enjoy things like 98% efficiency, a 20 year warranty, and even possible utility rebates. Our expert technicians at Waldman Plumbing can go over all the options of updating your current water heater.

Waldman Plumbing has been providing plumbing and heating service to The North Shore for over 100 years. If a Waldman representative makes you a promise, we keep it! Check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call.