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Saving Money and Water

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Take a look these water wise tips to save water and your wallet.

Tip #1

So you have a small drip. Not a problem right? Well you might want to think twice about that.

A small drip every 3 seconds can add up to nearly 3 gallons per day or 86 gallons per month. That sure does add up on your water bill! So tip #1 is pretty straight forward: fix those drips. Often times these repairs can be done by a confident DIY’er. However if you would rather leave it to the pro’s, we are here to help.

Tip #2

Efficiency Check

First, check your appliances. Thanks to advances in technology, home appliances have increased in water efficiency. If possible, consider replacing old appliances with newer models.

Here are some other ways to make sure you’re getting the most efficient use of your appliances if replacing them is not an option:

  • Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Run full loads of laundry.

Second, check yourself. Are you practicing smart water usage? Here are some suggestions to make sure you are water efficient:

  • Take short showers.
  • When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
  • Turn off the water to brush teeth.

Tip #3

Being water-wise outdoors.

Consider asking your local nursery or landscape company for tips on how to maximize the use of natural vegetation. Often times shrubs and other ground covers require less water and provide a great look almost all year round.

Check in on those sprinklers. Are they watering what they are supposed to? Your house and the sidewalk don’t really need watering. Making sure your sprinklers are pointed in the right direction is an easy fix that will help get the most out of your water usage.

Garbage Disposal Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Let’s face it, a lot goes on in your kitchen. Keeping things running smoothly is not an easy job. But with some tips and tricks, you can streamline that process one thing at a time. For this instance, let’s start with your garbage disposal. The last thing you want is for your disposal to stop working in the midst of a busy day. Here are some ways to keep your disposal running smoothly.

Routine Maintenance

Like anything with moving parts, a little routine maintenance can go a long way. The best way to help maintain the grinder in your disposal is to run some ice cubes through the disposal. First get some cold water flowing, turn on your disposal, then dump some ice cubes into the drain. The ice acts as an abrasive, cleaning any stuck on debris and making the grinder more efficient.

Despite what most people think, there aren’t “blades” in your disposal. There is certainly not a spinning knife in your disposal!

In reality, your model has lugs or an impeller that grinds the objects against a metal grate. It almost acts like a cheese grater, so when the grinding combines with water, it virtually liquifies the food waste and sends it on down the drain.

Bye Bye Odor!

Running ice should help clean out any bad smelling waste. But if the odor persists, you can try this method to get rid of the smell. First pour some dish soap into the disposal and let it sit for a minute. Then turn on the water and the disposal to flush out the soap. Once flushed, you can turn off the disposal.

Finally you can repeat this process, but instead of soap, using lemon juice. Pour lemon juice into the drain and let it sit for a minute. The citrus helps to break down any more stuck on waste and leaves your disposal with a fresh scent.

Avoiding Clogs

If you are ever unsure whether something can go down the drain, just remember this: “When in doubt, throw it out”. Your garbage disposal may seem like it can handle anything, but in reality it can’t. And neither can the pipes that flow away from your disposal.

Remember to put egg shells, grease, animal bones and stringy and tough-peeled vegetables like asparagus, potatoes, and celery in the garbage, not in the disposal. These items can lead to jams or clogs.

It’s Jammed!

This is the most common problem with garbage disposals. In fact, they all have an automatic shut-off function, much like a circuit break, when a jam occurs that completely stalls the motor. This prevents the motor from burning out. They also are designed so that you can dislodge whatever is inhibiting operation. Underneath every unit is a hex-headed slot, and all units should come with a wrench to match. If you misplaced the wrench that came with your unit, don’t fret — an Allen wrench (also called an Allen key or a hex key) will work just as well.

First, unplug the unit and locate the slot in the center of the unit’s bottom. Next, fit the wrench into the slot and work it back and forth so that the blades move. Continue doing this until the unit is spinning without resistance.

When the unit spins freely, plug it back in and press the reset button. Then test the unit while running a lot of water.

If the unit won’t spin freely, it’s time to call a licensed plumber. It’s possible the unit might need to be replaced. If the disposal isn’t jammed, it is more than likely a burned-out motor.

If you discover the garbage disposal is leaking from a crack in its body or at its base, a replacement is in order. Calling a professional plumber is advised.

You’ve Got This

Just remember these easy tips and tricks and your disposal will continue to run smoothly. And as always, if you’re in a jam and would rather call a pro, we are here to help 24/7.

Sink Sprung a Leak?

Friday, February 19th, 2021

For the average do-it-yourself enthusiast, fixing loose pipes under a sink is not difficult.

Pipes Under Your Sink

When the pipes under your sink begin to fail or become loose, you will start to see water leaking inside the cabinet or on the floor. If you catch the leak early, it will most likely be only a few drops of water and there won’t be the threat of water damage. This is why it is important to include your plumbing in the routine inspections of your home. If a leak of even a few drops a minute is left unfixed, it can lead to major water damage.

Here is a helpful blog post on including the plumbing in your home maintenance and inspections.

Don’t believe us that a few drops per minute of water can become a big deal? Check out this interactive page that shows what a small leak can turn into.

Let’s Fix That Leak

Observe the pipes and connections. If you notice water dripping from a ring nut, tighten the nut clockwise with large adjustable pliers. If the leak persists, turn off the water and proceed to the following steps.

  1. Loosen the ring nut at the leaky connection counterclockwise with the pliers. Separate the connection by hand. Remove the nut and nylon washer from the pipe.
  2. Install a new ring nut onto the end of the pipe. Slide a new washer against the nut. Thread the nut into the connection by hand and tighten it snugly with the pliers
  3. Tighten the remaining ring nuts snug, but not excessively tight or you risk breaking the nuts.

Pro Tip: Avoid using a pipe wrench on plastic plumbing fittings. It might damage the fitting, leading to more problems down the line.

If you were able to fix your leak, we are sending a virtual high five! If you are still having a little trouble, have no fear. We are here to help! We are open 24/7 and ready to take care of all your plumbing issues.

Work From Home Tips

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Working from home: it is a love/hate relationship. While it may offer convenience, it can often make the line between work and life blurry. Setting up a healthy routine and some boundaries can help make your work from home experience a better one.

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a struggling rookie, here are some tips to help refresh your work flow or kick start it into maximum efficiency. So put on some pants, make some fresh coffee, and let’s get started.

Location Matters

Having a dedicated spot is an important factor in setting yourself up for success. Even if it is just the kitchen table, you can make your little spot special for you.

Stay away from working in bed or on the couch. Those spots should be where you go to unwind, not work. In fact, working in bed can actually train your brain to associate your bed with being awake and working, thus making it harder for you to fall asleep when you actually need to.

This also goes for where you take your breaks/lunch. Move to a different chair or a different room. Eating lunch in your workspace doesn’t provide your mind the space it needs to refresh before going back to work.

Schedule Your Day

Even a basic schedule can change how productive you are. Without some sort of timeline, you might work aimlessly through the day and even into the night. Often taking either too many or too little breaks.

By setting up a schedule, such as when to start/end and when to take breaks, you can give yourself some structure to build your productivity on. Knowing you have a small break coming up will help you focus on getting your task done, and make the break that much more enjoyable.

Find Ways to Socialize

Let’s face it, working from home can get lonely. Even for the introverted, it is important to maintain even a small sense of community. So set up a group chat or a Zoom party. Call a friend on your break, or even call your mom. Actually, you should probably call your mom anyway.

A quick Google search will yield endless results on how to safely socialize either in real life or virtually. Find one that works for you. A socially distanced picnic or a Zoom book club can be a great escape from work.

The Key Takeaways

Find yourself a good location, schedule your day, and find a way to safely socialize. These should be a great foundation to help you on your work from home journey.

Bonus Tips: Get yourself a candle or even a tiny desk plant. It will hep refresh your workspace. Also, drink more water.

New Years Resolutions

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Who is ready to say goodbye to 2020?

It is time to look ahead and set our sights on 2021. What are your goals or resolutions? Need some ideas? Check out this list for some great ideas to kick start this new year.

  • Read one book a month
  • Learn to cook 5 new meals
  • Quit smoking and drink less alcohol
  • Take the stairs
  • Buy some houseplants
  • Start doing yoga
  • Drink more water
  • Develop healthy screen time habits
  • Explore new hobbies
  • Make your bed everyday
  • Start a journal
  • Take more walks
  • Develop a better budget
  • Volunteer
  • Donate old clothes and other things
  • Explore new music

Hopefully this helps kickstart your ideas! We hope you have an amazing new year!

We will be here if you need us! We can take care of all your plumbing, septic, and drainage issues. We are open 24/7 and have the expertise to handle any job.

5 Holiday Plumbing Tips

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Check out these 5 tips to keep your home plumbing working great this holiday season.

Make Sure Your Home Is Ready

Expecting family this holiday season? Don’t wait to fix that toilet, sink, or shower issue. Just like other systems in your house, your plumbing system needs maintenance too. Our expert technicians can guide you through proper maintenance and repair any emergency issues.

Fewer Cooks In The Kitchen

Limiting the amount of family in the kitchen can help lower the chances of rings, toys, and other things ending up down the drain. Encouraging family to use other spaces for socializing can help reduce distractions and accidents.

Properly Dispose of Grease

As grease cools, it congeals and can cause blockages in your pipes. So make sure you dispose of grease the proper way: once it isn’t piping hot, pour it it into an extra mason jar or a plastic bag and place it in the garbage.

Respect Your Disposal

Try not to use your garbage disposal as a catch-all for food waste. Avoid sending the following down the drain:

  • Fibrous Foods
  • Potato Peels
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Fruit Pits
  • Pasta and Noodles
  • Coffee Grounds

Flush Only Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is specifically designed to dissolve in water so that it is unlikely to cause a clog. Other items… are not. Avoid flushing:

  • Cotton Balls
  • Feminine Products
  • Paper Towels
  • Facial Cleansing Wipes
  • Kids Toys

Don’t Fear, RooterPLUS is Here

If your family makes a mistake, don’t fret. We are open 24/7 to take care of any issues that might show up. We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

Ask The Experts!

Friday, August 14th, 2020

Send your questions to [email protected]

Why are my pipes making a hammering noise? Are flushable wipes going to hurt my septic system? Why is my toilet constantly running? How do I flush my water heater?

Plumbing related questions seem to pop up with ease, but searching the internet for answers can prove to be more difficult than helpful. And asking your brother’s friend, who knows a guy, that has a cousin who does some plumbing work can leave you feeling uneasy. So that’s why we want to step up to the plate and help you find the solutions you’re looking for.

Introducing Ask the Experts with RooterPLUS! Your go-to point of contact for all your plumbing and septic related questions. Trying to figure why your water is cloudy? Or are you a DIY’er that’s stumped on how to replace your toilet? Don’t worry, just send your questions to us and we will answer them. Feel more comfortable leaving it up to the pro’s? We’ve got you covered there too.

So what are you waiting for? Send your questions to [email protected] and get the solutions you are looking for today!

A Rheem tankless water heater drives up household savings!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Tankless water heaters are creating a lot of noise in the plumbing world. Their reputation for energy savings and comfort — not to mention immediate access to hot water — is stirring things up for the standard hot water heating systems that Gainesville and Roswell residents have relied on for decades.

Find out why the innovative technology of the Rheem tankless water heater is a step up from your wasteful tank water heater.

Why go with Rheem?

A long-time leader in the plumbing industry, Rheem was an originator of the standard tank water heater, so it makes sense that they continue to be a leader in water-heating systems. Consumers who are seeking to replace their inefficient, wasteful tank-style systems with newer technology should look to a leader like Rheem, which has a reputation for innovation, durability and quality.

The Rheem way

The truth is, tankless water heaters have long been the go-to system in Japan and Europe. Rheem has a global reach, with subsidiary relationships with Japanese manufacturers. All products are tested by independent, third-party organizations for quality, durability and efficiency.

Perks of the Rheem tankless system

With the quality and efficiency that the Rheem brand offers, homeowners who choose their tankless system get:

  • Energy savings. Instead of keeping a large supply of water at-the-ready, tankless systems heat water as soon as you turn on the tap. This is one of the primary reasons tankless water heaters use less energy. You’ll see that savings on utility bills each month — and water bills, too. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy reports that a tankless water heater offers lower lifetime operating costs than even a high-efficiency gas storage system.
  • A longer service life. Tankless systems are designed to last. You’ll need to schedule regular maintenance appointments to keep it in good operating condition, but a system that’s well cared for lasts a long time. In fact, tankless systems have an estimated life span beyond 20 years, while conventional water heaters last between 10 and 15 years.  Additionally, it’s possible to replace the tankless system’s heat exchanger as it ages, further extending its service life. However, it’s not possible to replace the heat exchanger on a standard water heater.
  • Special features. Rheem systems include features such as a “smart” sensor that promotes optimal energy savings, high flow rates, safe venting and control over combustion gases and freeze-prevention controls.

Become the envy of your Gainesville and Roswell neighbors. Install a Rheem tankless water heater and boast about how you’re taking steps to “green” your home. For more information about tankless systems, give the plumbing experts at RooterPLUS! a call today!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons


Faucets evolve with new mounting styles and spot-resistant finishes

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Kitchen and bathroom faucets have come into their own in recent years thanks to advances in technology, innovative finishes and reimagined style. Modern product lines are designed to match your decor, and the once-overlooked fixture has become a major design element in today’s kitchens and bathrooms.

The faucet goes back to the drawing board

A faucet’s primary function is to deliver fresh water on demand. Recent innovations in functionality have enhanced the faucet significantly. Gone are the days when you were required to twist a knob or two to turn on the water. Today, simply touching the faucet base or spout, or waving your hand in close proximity to the fixture, activates the flow of water from the faucet.

Traditional fixtures get a makeover

Kitchen and bathroom faucet styles have been transformed from the mundane and utilitarian fixtures of the past into beautifully crafted precision instruments. Popular finishes include stainless steel, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, though the traditional chrome and gold finishes have survived.

The wide range of kitchen and bathroom faucet styles guarantees you will find one suited to your needs, from modern-art inspired designs to updates on the classic fixture. The basic faucet features to consider include high or low arc, pullout or pull-down sprayers and single or double handles.

Consider mounting style in your overall scheme

The manner in which your faucet is mounted to your sink or countertop can have a profound effect on your kitchen’s appearance. Traditional single-mount faucets are one-piece designs that attach to the sink or basin. The handles and faucet are one component.

The sleek look of a solid-surface countertop equipped with an undermount sink is extremely popular in modern kitchen design, and faucet styles have kept in step. The modern “deck” approach has the faucet installed directly into the countertop, as if both components were one.

Widely spread faucet applications are typically used in bathrooms to add a touch of old-fashioned elegance. This traditional style has retained its popularity through the years.

Keeping clean is so much easier

Another exciting innovation is the promise of less cleaning. Moen’s Spot Resist finish wards off fingerprints and water spots to maintain your faucet’s brilliance. Moen also has introduced antimicrobial technology into its finishes with the Microban product line, which adds another layer of protection by inhibiting mold and mildew growth.

While some of the newer faucets are easy to install, others can be quite complicated. Homeowners who don’t have a moderate skill set in home repairs — especially in plumbing — should hire a professional plumber to install the faucet. This will satisfy manufacturer requirements and maintain the fixture warranty, as well as ensure proper and damage-free installation.

Image source: Charles & Hudson/Flickr


How does hard water affect your water heater?

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Hard water is a problem throughout the U.S., including the Atlanta area. Such water often has high contents of magnesium and calcium. Homeowners go to great lengths to soften their water supply to avoid the associated pitfalls. Although it is safe to drink, hard water can wreak havoc on your home’s appliances. This is especially true when it comes to your water heater.

Left cold in the shower

Over time, mineral deposits can build up in the bottom of water heater tanks. When this happens, not only is the flow of water inside the tank impeded, but the amount of heat transferred to the water is reduced and the efficiency of the tank’s lower heating element suffers. This can leave you without the amount of hot water you require.

Strange noises in the night

Strange gurgling sounds, humming or thumps might indicate a sediment problem within your water heater. They can whine, squeal and make other weird noises when they are not receiving the amount of water they need. Sediment can build up inside the pipes, reducing the water supply to the appliance.

Preventative maintenance

Often a simple system flush can correct the problems associated with hard water. The procedure requires that you shut off power to the unit and connect a water hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the appliance. Turn off the water supply to the appliance and open the T&P valve located on top of the unit. This allows all of the water, including sediments, to drain out of the tank. After the tank has emptied, turn on the water supply and allow clean water to flush the system and remove any remaining sediments from the tank via the water hose. Once clean water is running through the hose, close the drain valve and allow the water heater tank to fill. Close the T&P valve after all the air has escaped the unit during filling.

When to call a professional

If flushing the system does not restore the amount of hot water you are accustomed to, it might be time to call in a professional. It’s possible that the amount of sediments has damaged your water heater’s lower element. Hire a licensed plumber to repair or replace your water heater, if needed.

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