October 29th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal

How to Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal

Do you ever walk into your kitchen and gasp the smell confronting you, and then wonder where it’s coming from? Well, if it’s coming from yoru garbage disposal, it won’t take long to make that discovery.

While garbage disposals are helpful in disposing of food waste, they often get stinky if not cleaned on a regular basis. Leftover food particles, bacteria, and mildew can all mix together to create a truly offensive smell.

So, before you resort to wearing clothes pins on your nose, take these steps to clean and deodorize that trusty little appliance:

  1. With the disposal turned off and the drain stopper in place, partially fill the sink with hot water and mix in a couple tablespoons of a grease-cutting dish liquid. Remove the stopper, turn the disposal on for 15 seconds, and flush with hot water for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Use an old toothbrush and warm, soapy water to thoroughly clean as much of your disposal as possible. As a safety precaution, shut off the power supply to your unit at the circuit breaker panel or fuse box. Lift up and scrub each rubber catch flap.
  3. Place about five ice cubes ino the disposal and pour in half a cup of vinegar at the same time. Run cold water and turn on the disposal until all the ice cubes have been dissolved and crunched. Or, you can fill an ice cube tray with equal parts vinegar and water and freeze. Just make sure you label the tray so other family members can be cautiously reminded of its make-up.
  4. Once you’re done cleaning, you can keep your garbage disposal odor free by slicing half a lemon into 4 or 5 pieces, and placing the pieces in the disposal. Run cold water down the drain, turn the disposal on, and keep the water running for at least 45 seconds until the lemon has been completely shredded and disposed of.

If the problem with your garbage disposal is with its performance and not the way it smells, Norhio Plumbing is on hand to make the necessary repair or, if necessary, replace your unit for a new and more efficient model. Norhio Plumbing: your local team of plumbing pros.

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October 17th, 2017 Comments Off on Why You Need a Back-up Sump Pump

Why You Need a Back-up Sump Pump

Basement flooding can occur at any time, especially if you live in a neighborhood known for wet basement problems.

If you live in that type of “danger zone,” you’re left with two basic choices: leave well enough alone and hope for the best, or take steps now to ensure your basement doesn’t become a soggy mess.

If you prefer the latter choice, then you’ll want to learn more about arming your basement with a sump pump and back-up sump pump – a formidable one-two combination.

More often than not, a main sump pump can pump out all the water that finds its way into your basement:  But what happens if you lose power or your sump pump simply breaks down? Remember: main sump pumps need electricity to operate.

That’s why Norhio Plumbing recommends supporting your main pump with a back-up sump pump. There are two kinds of back-up pumps: battery powered and water powered.  Both are excellent products and will continue to pump water out of your basement until your main sump pump either has been repaired or electrical power is restored.  Some models, in fact, can run for days at a time, so even if you’re away from home, you can enjoy the added confidence that comes from being fully prepared.’

To learn more about how to prevent basement flooding, contact Norhio Plumbing  today. In addition to sump pump installation, we offer maintenance and repair services, too, for all makes and models.

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September 9th, 2017 Comments Off on Steam Shower Benefits

Steam Shower Benefits

If you’ve ever had a bathroom make-over, you know that the improvements you make tend to be equal parts functional, added beauty, and added luxury.

Well, we’d like to suggest an inclusion in your upcoming bath remodeling project that fits two of those categories: greater functionality and luxury. And, depending on the model you choose, a new steam shower can add a nice touch of beauty to your new bathroom surroundings.

Here are a few specific ways a new steam shower can benefit you:

Circulatory System
Just like aerobic exercise, each time you take a steam shower it stimulates your heart rate. When your heart pumps faster, your circulation improves.  Over time, you also can look forward to the sustained improvement of your circulatory system.

Respiratory System
As you inhale the warm, humid air a steam shower emits, your breathing passages begin to clear up. And that can spell significant relief for those with any type of upper respiratory problem, including bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and others. Steam showers can also help speed up recovery time.

Muscular-Skeletal System
If you engage in a significant amount of manual labor or exercise, you know just how tight and sore your muscles can become. But once you let the power of a steam shower envelop you, many of those aches and pains will melt away, thus allowing you to cut back on pain meds.

Immune System
A steam shower has roughly the same effect on your body as a fever – but in a good and healthy way.  As your body heats up, your immune system works harder to help you remain disease free.

A steady dose of steam showers also can result in healthier-looking skin, and the benefits don’t stop there. To learn if your bathroom project is well-suited for the addition of a steam shower and more about all the amazing benefits it can provide, contact Norhio Plumbing today: your local plumbing professionals.

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June 15th, 2017 Comments Off on Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

Plumbing Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

For the most part, plumbing problems are front and center when they occur, and hard to ignore. Then again, that’s not always the case as certain obvious warning signs are ignored until the problem has grown worse and taking action is no longer an option.

If, for example, you lose hot water, you’re going to call a plumber right away to get the problem fixed. Should you come home one day to a flooded basement, that’s a situation you’ll jump all over. But what about those warning signs that don’t immediately inconvenience you? As a rule of thumb, you’re always better off reporting any abnormal behavior from your plumbing as soon as you notice it.  Here are a few good examples:  

Water stains

Water stains on a wall or ceiling could indicate a hidden water leak. If left unattended, that same leak also could lead to mold and mildew build-up along with structural damage.

Water behind your refrigerator

Whenever you pull your fridge away from the wall to clean behind it, check the floor and molding for any signs of water, the kind that can come from a leak in the water supply line. It’s not the amount of the water or the size of a water stain that matters. It’s whether or not water has leaked under the floor and into your floorboards and perhaps onto a ceiling below or electrical wiring.

Leaky faucet

There’s nothing more annoying than the steady “drip, drip, drip” of a leaky faucet. While it can be easy to ignore, at least for a while, early action is again recommended to help prevent too much wasted water and a big spike in your water bill.

Continuous sound of running toilet

Have you ever had a toilet that sounds like it’s running non-stop, even though you know better? It suggests that an internal part has malfunctioned needs to be repaired or replaced to help stop the waste of water and get your toilet functioning properly again.

For plumbing issues large and small, consider Norhio Plumbing your go-to team of professional plumbers – ready and able to get the job done to your complete satisfaction, and always with a guaranteed upfront price quote. Contact us today or any time for service.

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May 17th, 2017 Comments Off on The Pros & Cons of Cooking on a Gas Stove

The Pros & Cons of Cooking on a Gas Stove

If you spend enough time watching the Food Channel, you know that all the top cooks and chefs use gas stoves and ovens to prepare their meals.

Does that mean, perhaps, that you’re now beyond curious and seriously thinking about switching from electric to gas at home? Well, to help you along in that process, here are the top pros and cons of cooking with gas.

Gas Stove Pros

  • It’s faster. You turn on a burner, it’s already hot, and away you go.
  • Readily adjustable. Want to switch from medium to simmer?  Just turn the knob and eyesight alone will direct you to the right setting.
  • More uniform cooking. Gas flames cook more evenly than an electric burner because the flames spread themselves along the bottom of a pot or pan.
  • Lower cost. Assuming you already have natural gas, it will cost you less to operate a gas vs. electric stove.

Gas Stove Cons

  • Higher upfront cost. And yet, you will recoup the difference over time from reduced energy costs.
  • Safety concern. You have to be diligent when operating a gas stove or oven to make sure it turns on.  If not, then it’s still releasing gas into the air, and that can cause serious problems.

And yes, if you switch from an electric to gas range and don’t already have a gas connection in your kitchen, you’ll need that too. But no problem there with Norhio Plumbing right nearby to assist you. We’re licensed and experienced plumbers and gas fitters: your assurance of a job well done with abundant safety precautions taken every step of the way. To learn more or schedule a free quote, contact Norhio Plumbing today.

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April 12th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Detect Water Leaks.

How to Detect Water Leaks.

Ever wonder how much water is contained in a drop? Well, so did the US Department of Interior, who determined that on a gallon of water contains 15,140 drops.

Well, as the saying goes, that knowledge plus a dollar (or so) will get you a cup of coffee.  But hold off on that coffee for just a minute, because now we’re going to get somewhere with this whole dripping water theme.

For starters, any water leak is problematic. Not just in terms of wasted water, but in the amount of damage a steady leak cause to your home and personal possessions. Exactly how much water is a faucet, for example, capable of leaking?  Consider the following:

  • If a faucet leaks 10 drops of water per minute, that equivalent to 500 gallons per year, or 11 full bathtubs.
  • How about if that same faucet is leaking 1 drop per second? Now you’re looking at 3,000 gallons of water or 66 full bathtubs over a year’s time. And that’s a lot of waste.
  • According to the EPA, the average household accounts for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water every year while 10% of all US homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. That all adds up to an estimated 1 trillion gallons of water wasted annually.

So here’s our advice: do whatever’s necessary to repair a leaking pipe, faucet, or showerhead as quickly as you can.  Every drop of water saved counts.  But for your own sake, there’s more you can do. Periodically, inspect your house and property for these additional signs of a leak:

  • Damp areas in your yard where the rest of the lawn is bone dry (could indicate a break in your sewer line)
  • Damp or wet areas of carpet over a concrete floor
  • The sudden appearance of black mold on a wall or ceiling
  • Water dripping for your toilet shut-off valve
  • Water puddling around the base of your water heater
  • Water on the floor behind your refrigerator, around your dishwasher, under a sink, or anywhere else in your home
  • Brown spots on a wall or ceiling

Hidden leaks can cause structural damage to your home, especially if not detected early on. So, don’t guess at the cause if you notice any of the above warning signs.  Instead, contact Norhio Plumbing for fast and reliable service.  We’ll locate the source of the leak and give you a guaranteed upfront price quote to solve the problem.  Need a plumber?  Norhio Plumbing is ready to lend a helping hand.

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September 19th, 2016 Comments Off on Milestone Plumbing Innovations

Milestone Plumbing Innovations

Life without indoor plumbing?  Unthinkable!

Easy for us to say, right?  But it wasn’t always this way. We didn’t always have low-flow toilets, tankless water heaters, rainfall showerheads, and under-sink water filters – just a few of the more recent plumbing innovations.  But what about those innovations that shook the civilized world to the core up to a hundred years ago, and longer.

Here’s a look at just a few of our industry’s pioneers, and the inventions they brought to the party.

  1. blogSamuel Oscar Blanc invented the first drain snake in the 1920’s. Believe it or not, Mr. Blanc used a motor from a washing machine, some wheels from a roller skate, and a steel cable. Before his invention became staples in plumbers’ supply chests, they had to dig up pipes to get at those stubborn clogs.
  1. In 1869, Halsey Taylor’s father died from typhoid fever, an illness spread mostly through contaminated drinking water. Determined to find a way to provide safe drinking water in public places, he developed the first water fountain in 1912.
  1. Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Crapper did not invent the toilet (though he did improve upon the original design). Sir John Harrington is credited with the idea and the installation of a prototype in the palace of his godmother, Queen Elizabeth I.
  1. Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer, invented the automatic storage water heater in 1889. He then moved to the United States where he pioneered the development of residential and commercial water heaters.
  1. Though the ancient Greeks are credited with inventing showers, the first mechanical shower was patented in England in 1767 by William Feetham. His contraption used a hand pump to force water into a vessel above the user’s head. However, the shower failed to catch on right away as early models could not generate hot water, among other limitations.

At Norhio Plumbing, we owe a lot to these and other industry pioneers. We owe an equal debt of gratitude to our many valued customers who continue to depend on us for the very best in residential and commercial plumbing.  Our family owned business will continue to reward that trust with the very best we have to offer.

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August 5th, 2016 Comments Off on How to Unclog a Toilet More Effectively

How to Unclog a Toilet More Effectively

blogAcross the US, the average person flushes a home toilet 6 times per day.  Which means, of course, that the average family of four goes through 24 flushes per day, or 168 per week.

Our point?  When a toilet gets flushed often enough, it’s bound to clog sooner or later. Throw small children into the mix, and the likelihood goes sky high when you consider the kinds of things they’re prone to toss in the bowl when parental eyes aren’t taking notice.

So, do YOU have a clogged toilet on your hands and aren’t having much luck busting it up?  Here are a few helpful hints worth trying, hopefully including at least one or two you’ve never tried before:

Turn off the water to the toilet. If you’re concerned your toilet might overflow or it already has, locate the faucet handle behind your toilet and turn it off. Then go back to plunging or whatever you were doing before.  Once you think you might have succeeded, flush the toilet; the water still in the tank is sufficient to the task.

Use a good old plunger and the type with the flanged bottom especially designed for toilets. Pump as hard as you can with multiple repetitions; one or two plunges at a time usually won’t work with a stubborn clog.  Also, wrap an old towel around the base of the bowl to minimize the clean-up afterwards.

Pour stuff in! If plunging alone isn’t getting the job in, try one or more liquid additives like dishwashing soap followed by a pot of boiling water.  The soap lubricates the clog, and the hot water flushes it away.

Be patient and keep trying. Sometimes a clog just needs time to break down. This is especially true of clogs that come from wads of toilet paper. But, since toilet paper is designed to break down in water, a little time might be all the extra help you need.

Right now are you thinking “thanks but no thanks?”  Well, no amount of self-help tips in the world can clear certain toilet clogs.  If you’re currently facing one of those, contact Norhio Plumbing for prompt and efficient service with a guaranteed upfront price, and your satisfaction guaranteed.

 

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June 14th, 2016 Comments Off on Common Plumbing Problems in Northeast Ohio

Common Plumbing Problems in Northeast Ohio

blogIt’s a moment you dread, if you ever stop to think about it at all: walking into your home or waking up to witness a major plumbing problem either in the works or one that’s already played itself out.

It’s no fun, to the say least.  At worst, you could be facing an expensive repair or irrevocable damage to treasured heirlooms or other valued possessions.  And while not all plumbing problems can be prevented, many can.  You just have to know what to look for, and when it’s time to contact a professional plumber for assistance.

For example, here are a few indications that water is leaking somewhere in your home.

  1. A puddle under your refrigerator. If the water line to your ice maker cracks even a little, water can drip behind your refrigerator.  If the amount is small enough, chances are you won’t notice until you pull the fridge away from the wall for routine cleaning.  It’s not the big puddles you need to worry about, though, it’s the small ones.  Because those could indicate that water is seeping into your floor boards where, over time, it can easily cause structural damage.
  1. Tub drain backs up. If a toilet or drain backs up while you’re running your washing machine, chances are you have a sewer blockage somewhere well down the line and difficult to reach.
  1. Water at the base of your water heater. This usually indicates a crack or leak in your storage tank, and that’s not a problem that’s only going to get worse.
  1. Mold or mildew growth. This can be caused by excess humidity or a water leak that’s penetrated inside your walls or above your ceiling.  You’ll want to get this checked out as quickly as possible as mold and mildew can cause or exasperate cold, allergy, and asthma symptoms. 

If you’re experiencing these or similar plumbing problems here in Northeast Ohio, we invite you to contact Norhio Plumbing for service and results that will meet or exceed your expectations.  We’re the plumbers that other plumbers call for advice. And the ones that you can count on when anytime the going gets a little rough. 

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May 16th, 2016 Comments Off on How to Conserve Water at Home.

How to Conserve Water at Home.

You turn on your kitchen faucet, and out comes clean tap water. You start the dishwasher and washing machine expecting nothing short of sparkling clean results.  Same goes for your morning shower or evening bath.  From bathing to drinking, cooking, and more, we rely on clean water countless times a day.

The question, how wisely are you using your water?  Are you taking care to ensure that there will be ample supplies available for your children’s generation and generations not yet born?

Here are just a few ways you can start conserving water at home, or conserving more than you already are:

  • blogReduce your shower time. While a nice, long, hot shower feels luxurious, it’s quite wasteful. Every minute you shave off your time in the shower results in significant water savings. Take it one step further by installing a low-flow shower head.
  • Fix leaky toilets. Your toilet might have a leak without you even knowing it. To find out, put a couple drops of food coloring in the tank and wait a few minutes. If the color makes its way into the bowl, you have a leak.
  • Replace water-using appliances with more efficient models. For example, an energy-efficient front loading washing machine uses 30% less water than an older model top-loader. Look for the WaterSense label.
  • Raise the bar on your lawnmower. Raise the blade on your lawnmower to cut your grass no lower than three inches. The longer grass will not only feel soft under your feet, it will shade the soil and require less watering.
  • Water smart. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Most lawns only need about an inch of water per week to stay healthy. Place an empty tuna can on your lawn as you turn on the sprinkler system. Once it’s filled, you’ve watered enough.
  • Think before you flush. Don’t use your toilet as a garbage bin for cigarette butts, floss, wipes, hair, and tissues. Not only can they cause a backup in your home’s plumbing, these items can cause problems at your local water treatment plant.
  • Keep drains clean. Never pour chemicals, paint, oil, medication and other harmful substances down the drain. Thick, oily substances like grease and fats can clog water pipes. Certain chemicals are harmful to aquatic life, while others end up in our groundwater.

Here at Norhio Plumbing, we have lots of ways to help you save water at home without sacrificing any comfort or convenience.  With innovative products like low-flow toilets and hot water recirculation pumps, just as two examples, you can save many thousands of gallons of water every year.  Call us for more information and a free quote.

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