Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

Foods You Should Never Throw Down Your Garbage Disposal Drain

Monday, April 11th, 2016

A garbage disposal is one of the most common items in your home, and you likely use it every day. Clogs or back-ups with your garbage disposal rank among the most common problems we need to solve, and while Riverside, TX has plumbers that can solve the issue, we’d prefer to help you avoid trouble in the first place. That means watching what you toss down the drain very carefully. Garbage disposals aren’t meant to grind up certain foods, and the wrong ones can result in clogs or even damage to the disposal itself. Take a look at the following list and find some other way of disposing of these foods. (more…)

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

The sewer system here in Huntsville, TX is first rate, and when linked to your home plumbing system can easily transport contaminated water out of your toilets and sinks to be safely processed and disposed of. There’s just one problem. For all of our technological advances, water still can flow both ways, which means that non-potable water can come up your pipes in the right (or wrong) circumstances. The solution is a backflow prevention device, installed at the apex of your home plumbing system and protecting you from the issue of backflow. Here’s how it works. (more…)

How to Prevent Clogs in Your Kitchen Sink

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Your kitchen sink is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in your home, where you prepare meals each day and get water for keeping the kitchen (and your hands) clean. Kitchen clogs are among the most common plumbing calls here in Huntsville, TX, and if you experience one, we’d strongly advise calling in a professional instead of trying to fix the problem yourself. But better than calling a repair session is preventing the clog in your kitchen sink to begin with, which you can accomplish with a little judicious attention and some timely preparedness. (more…)

Professional Tools Used to Treat Plumbing Clogs

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Few plumbing problems are as pervasive as the clog: created when food, hair and other particles gets tossed down the drain and blocking the flow of water through your pipes until your system can’t handle anymore. There are countless store-bought solutions you can pick up in any Huntsville, TX hardware stores, such as plumbing snakes and chemical cleansers. They tend to adopt a one-size-fits all approach, however, and rarely do the job the way you need them to. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, have access to high-end equipment: the sort of things that are too expensive for laymen (who would only use them a handful of times), but which professionals use on a regular basis. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of them, to give you an idea of what you’re paying for with a professional call. (more…)

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Our winters tend to be comparatively mild here in Huntsville, TX, which can often blind us to the very real dangers to our household systems that a cold winter entails. Among the worst is frozen pipes, which can cause your pipes to burst and create a huge (and very expensive) mess for you to deal with. The good news is that there’s a reliable plumbing service that can handle such issues. The better news is that you can take steps to prevent frozen pipes from appearing in the first place. Here’s a quick look at how. (more…)

Watch Out for Garbage Disposal Problems This Holiday Season

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Here in Huntsville, TX, we’ve just ended a big holiday weekend. But it’s not the only one on our calendars. With Christmas right around the corner and the holiday season in general arriving in full force, you’re apt to have friends and family over throughout the next month or so, which often means big feasts and lots of food preparation. Your garbage disposal is going to be put to the test during that time, and the last thing you need is a breakdown taking place just when you’re getting a big dinner ready. A trained plumber can solver most garbage disposal problems, but if you can watch out for them this holiday season, you’ll likely save yourself a lot of trouble. Here’s a few tips. (more…)

Plumbing Upgrades to Protect Your Home

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Plumbing is fairly straightforward, and while pipes are made of newer and more durable materials these days, they still do the same job they always have. That, however, is not the only component on your plumbing system, and here in Huntsville, TX, qualified plumbing services can install upgrades to your system that can protect it from harm.  Now makes an excellent time to contact a qualified plumbing service and have one installed. What kinds of plumbing upgrades can you get? We’ve included a quick list of the more popular below. (more…)

Things You Should Never Wash Down the Sink

Monday, July 6th, 2015

We get used to disposing of food particles down our kitchen sinks, thanks to the use of garbage disposals which seem to take care of them for us. But not every piece of food should be cast aside in this manner. Certain types of food can come back to haunt you later, and while Huntsville, TX has plumbers who can correct the problem for you, far better to avoid it in the first place by refraining from washing certain food particles down the sink. We’ve provided a short list of the “prime offenders,” which you should always throw away in the garbage. (more…)

When You Should Consider a Garbage Disposal Replacement

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Using a garbage disposal is a luxury that many homeowners find irresistible. Skipping the step of wiping every bit of food and scraps off of dirty dishes can really help to streamline the process of cleaning up after a big meal. However, you must also keep in mind that your garbage disposal is not going to last forever.

The last thing that you want to do is to dump a bunch of (appropriate) waste material down the drain, only to discover that your garbage disposal is no longer operational. That is why it is a good idea to schedule your garbage disposal replacement in Madisonville, TX prior to a complete breakdown. In order to do so, you should have some idea about when it is time to start considering such a replacement. Here are a few tips from the appliance pros at Ardon Maintenance to help you to do so.

One reason to consider a garbage disposal replacement is if you find yourself scheduling professional garbage disposal repair services with any regularity. While it makes sense to repair your garbage disposal to a certain extent, an older model that is giving you trouble frequently may just no longer be worth repairing. You can offset the initial expense of a new garbage disposal with the money that you save on reduced repair service needs. Plus, you’ll likely get a better performance from a brand new model as well.

Another reason to consider replacing your garbage disposal is if it is simply not meeting your performance expectations. If using your disposal is leading to frequent backups in your sink, or if your drains are clogged with debris that is making its way past the system, then you can avoid a number of headaches and problems with your plumbing system by replacing your garbage disposal with a new model.

All of this being said, you should still take every step necessary to ensure that you get the best performance possible from your garbage disposal for as long a period of time as possible. Don’t put very hard or very fibrous foods down the drain, as they can damage the disposal and its components. Also, always remember to run the water when it is running, and never pour fats, grease, or other liquids that will congeal when cold down the drain. They will clog up the pipes when they re-solidify.

To learn more or to schedule a professional garbage disposal replacement in Madisonville, TX, contact Ardon Maintenance today.

What Kind of Maintenance Does a Garbage Disposal Require?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

There is no shortage of appliances with which homeowners can go about making their homes more convenient in this day and age. In terms of optimizing your kitchen and its plumbing system, few upgrades are as beneficial as the garbage disposal. Capable of grinding up food scraps and whisking that waste away via your drain, a garbage disposal is truly a worthy addition to any residential kitchen. Of course, it is helpful if your garbage disposal is in the best working condition possible. That is why you may require some measure of garbage disposal maintenance in Madisonville, TX. When the time to schedule maintenance comes, make sure that you contact the qualified plumbers at Ardon Maintenance.

While we cannot tell you that your garbage disposal will ever be capable of offering flawless, 100% reliable service – it is a mechanical system, remember – we do have some good news for you; garbage disposal maintenance is very minimal. When it comes to your garbage disposal, routine maintenance is not the standard that it is with, say, an HVAC system. By ensuring that you use your garbage disposal appropriately, you yourself can help to keep it in fine condition. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have your garbage disposal inspected during plumbing maintenance services, or that you should ignore any signs of duress with your system. Keep these tips in mind, though, and your garbage disposal should maintain a quality performance level.

First of all, avoid putting very hard items, such as bones, into the disposal. This can damage the mechanisms and the grinder plates. Additionally, remember that very fibrous food waste, such as celery stalks or bananas, should not go into the garbage disposal either. They can wrap around moving parts and strain the motor, leading to damages and burnt out components. Also, avoid pouring any grease or fats into the drain. Sure, they may be in liquid form when hot; however, fats and greases congeal when they cool. This can cause serious clogs in your drains that your garbage disposal is not designed to resolve.

We will inspect your system and tune it up as needed. We can also repair it if necessary. Garbage disposal maintenance in Madisonville, TX is key if you hope to keep your system working just as intended.

If you have any reason to suspect that your garbage disposal is not functioning properly, or that it is sluggish in its operation, don’t hesitate to contact Ardon Maintenance.