Do you have a toilet that keeps clogging? Are you removing clogs or calling us to do it regularly? If you are sick of your toilet getting clogged, there are a few things you can check to try to stop the problem.
Too Much Toilet Paper
Many Americans use way too much toilet paper! With the cushy 2-ply options that most of us keep in our homes, you really only need a few squares at a time. If you’re using more than this and your toilet clogs regularly, trying being conscious of how much you use.
The 2-ply toilet paper itself can also be a problem. Make sure you buy toilet paper designed to break down easily so it won’t clog the pipes.
Flushing the Wrong Things
Toilet paper and human waste are the only two things that should get flushed down your toilet. If you are flushing other things, from feminine products to baby wipes to hairballs to coffee grounds, these items could be clogging your toilet. Try throwing these away instead and see if it solves your toilet problems.
Too Little Water
If you have a low-flow toilet from the 1990s and you struggle with frequent clogs, chances are that your toilet doesn’t use enough water for flushing. You can limit clogs by limiting toilet paper but the best way to fix this problem is to update your toilet. Recent low-flow models will get you the water pressure you need.
Call us at Larry & Sons whenever you need help with a clogged toilet!
If you have a sump pump installed in your Hagerstown, MD or Frederick, MD home, it has probably been working hard throughout the winter, keeping water out of your basement so you don’t have a flood on your hands. Now that spring is here, it’s time to show it some love.
It is important to keep up with your Hagerstown sump pump maintenance to ensure that you do not experience issues that require expensive sump pump repairs or even need a new one later! If you don’t know what signs to look for when determining if and how to clean your sump pump, call Larry and Sons to have a trained HVAC technician come take a look today! If you’ve determined to clean it yourself make sure you are following these steps:
How To Clean Your Sump Pump
Turn off your sump pump. If it does not have a switch or a plug, you may need to temporarily flip the circuit breaker that it is on.
Disconnect the sump pump from the discharge pipe.
Wrap the pump in plastic wrap or in a tarp to prevent leaking, then carry it outside.
Use a garden hose to spray off dirt, clay, or sludge from the outside surface of your pump. If you need to, use a putty knife or a plastic scraper to remove caked-on debris. Put the pump somewhere safe and, preferably, in the sun so it can dry.
Use a shop vac or any wet/dry vac to remove excess water from the sump pit.
If you can disassemble your check valve, do so and drain it. Then rinse it, let it dry, and reassemble it.
Check to make sure your pump is dry, then reattach it to the discharge pipe.
Plug the unit back in and test it once, to ensure proper functionality.
If you are uncomfortable cleaning your sump pump or you just prefer not to do it yourself, call us at Larry & Sons today. We’ll clean out your sump pump and make sure it is fully functional before we leave your house. Our Hagerstown plumbers are experts who’ve serviced hundreds of happy customers with issues like sump pump cleaning.
Do you need your heating or air conditioning system repaired or a new one installed and are planning to bring in an HVAC professional? Here are some key questions that we recommend you ask anyone before you hire them to work on your home. At Larry & Sons, we are happy to answer these, or any other questions you might have.
What Training/Licensure Do They Have?
You should be comfortable and aware of the training level of the individuals who will be working in your home. If some of them have less training than others, make sure you know who is responsible for making sure the job gets done right.
Who’s Cleaning Up?
Make sure you know who is responsible for cleanup after all the work is completed in your home. If it’s them, let them know what expectations you might have around clean up, even if it’s as simple as sweeping up or as detailed as repainting damaged walls. And if it’s you, ask what precautions they will take to minimize the task.
Who Can I Call For Recommendations?
Professionals and companies should always have people you can contact for recommendations when it comes to their services. These should be satisfied customers with problems or issues similar to yours. Reach out to them and ask what the company was like to work with.
Contact us at Larry & Sons whenever you need HVAC services for your home. Our licensed professionals will always clean up after themselves when they’re done, and we are always happy to direct you to people who will recommend our work.
There’s not much worse than finding out your HVAC system isn’t working. Whether you’re getting too hot or too cold, you need to get it working again ASAP. Here are a few things that you should always try before you bring in a professional. If these don’t work, call us at Larry & Sons right away.
Change the Filter
Some heating or cooling systems will automatically stop working if the filter is too full or if it’s not installed correctly. This saves wear and tear on your system, but it can also send you into a needless panic. Check your filter to make sure that it’s clean and properly installed. You may want to try another filter just to see if works the same.
Check the Power Switch
Most furnaces have a power switch somewhere in the space the furnace is located. This looks just like a light switch and is easy to accidentally bump into or knock it into the “off” position. Look to ensure your furnace fan is powered on before you worry too much about your HVAC system.
Review Your Thermostat Settings
Some thermostats make it almost too easy to change the settings. When your HVAC system won’t turn on, check the thermostat to make sure that you have the settings where you want them. You might also try turning the thermostat up or down several degrees (depending on whether you’re trying to heat or cool your home) to see if that turns the system on.
If you’re having HVAC problems and you can’t solve them yourself, call in one of our experts from Larry & Sons today.
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