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Home Comfort Tips for Every Holiday

7 Tips to Keep Your Home Comfortable All Year

New Year, New...Pipes?

There’s nothing worse than starting your year off with a major plumbing repair, but what’s even worse is having to deal with mold, mildew, and water damage from a burst pipe or hidden leak that isn’t addressed immediately.

Always Plumbing Heating and Air offers 24-hour emergency plumbing services. We know that plumbing emergencies don’t wait for it to be convenient for you before they fail—that’s why you can rely on our team for quick responses, affordable rates, and quality work.

A Marriage Down the Drain

As Neil Sedaka once sang, ‘breaking up is hard to do’...but getting your ring out of a sink drain can be even harder. We may not be able to save your relationship, but we can help you fish your ring out of the drain after a fight.

  1. If your ring ends up down the drain (by accident or on purpose), the first thing you’ll need to do is to shut off any running water immediately. Water running down the drain could push your ring further through your plumbing—making retrieving it much harder.
  2. Place a bucket under the curved section of piping under your sink (AKA the p-trap), then find the access plug or cleanout on the p-trap. It should look like a small cap you can unscrew on the underside of the curve. If your plumbing doesn’t have a cleanout (older homes may not), you’ll need to call a professional plumber to complete this job for you.
  3. Carefully pull out the access plug. Do so with caution, as this will release a lot of water (and anything else that may be in your sink) into the bucket. Let everything drain, and search for your ring in the bucket or plumbing.
  4. After you’ve found the ring, replace the plug and run water down the sink to ensure you sealed everything up again.

If all else fails, contact a professional. A plumber has access to specialized equipment to help you take your plumbing apart safely and find the ring.

Hop to It!

Ah, Easter. Easter eggs are a fun and festive way to keep your kids entertained during a long family celebration, but have you ever thought about what to do with your painted eggs after they’ve been found?

There’s a lot of back and forth on whether or not eggshells can go down your drain—but any professional plumber knows to recommend that all eggshells find their final resting place in the trash or a compost bin. Eggshells have thin membranes that can stick to the impellers in your garbage disposal and make it harder for it to grind food against the outer grind ring.

Cool for the Summer

The 4th of July is a great time to grill outside and celebrate our history, but it’s also the start of what’s sure to be a scorching summer. Follow these tips to save money while cooling your home this summer:

  • Set your thermostat for optimal energy savings! The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home and awake—you can set your thermostat up to 82 degrees while you’re not home to keep your cooling bill lower and save energy.
  • Close the blinds. Close the blinds in east or west facing rooms to keep the sun from heating your home naturally.
  • Use your fans. Your ceiling fan creates a windchill effect that can make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler! Make sure you only use your fan in the room you’re in—windchill only works because it removes heat from our skin.

The (Plumbing) Nightmare Before Christmas

Halloween and Thanksgiving are a great time for family gatherings and traditions, but all this fun can easily lead to a clogged drain if you aren’t careful. Carving pumpkins is a fan-favorite Halloween activity, but make sure you’re throwing the pulp in the trash and not down your drains—pulp is stringy and sticky and can gum up your garbage disposal.

Thanksgiving foods also have the potential to harm your garbage disposal. Keep your eye out for these holiday foods and ingredients to make sure they’re all disposed of in the trash:

  • Celery
  • Eggshells
  • Poultry bones
  • Fruit pits
  • Fruit stickers
  • Banana peels

Ho, Ho...Oh No!

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for any family—but did you know it’s also one of the most dangerous? Home fires caused by holiday baking or faulty decor increase during this time of the year. In fact, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles. Follow these simple tips to keep your home safe this holiday season:

  • Never leave an open flame unattended. Menorahs and scented candles can quickly create a safety hazard in your home if left burning out of sight. Make sure to extinguish any open flames before you go to sleep or leave the room to prevent fires.
  • Water your Christmas tree. Dry Christmas trees are a major fire hazard, so if you’ve committed to a live tree this holiday season, make sure you’re watering it regularly and keeping it at least 3 ft away from any heat source.

The expert team at Always Plumbing Heating and Air is here to help you keep your home safe and comfortable for every season of the year. Contact us online or by phone at (949) 523-1992 to schedule your HVAC or plumbing service today!