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Brown's Heating Cooling
Jun 07, 2018

Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing

By Lori Draz

Brown's Heating Cooling

The summer season means guests, lots of activity and even more stress on your plumbing system. Before things get into full swing, the pros at Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing have some good information about plumbing.

Many people don’t know that all pipes – hot water, cold water and septic – all funnel into one designed system, and that the homeowner is responsible for water and waste pipes in their yards and inside their property boundary. It’s good to have things checked. The house filter should be replaced every six months. The average water heaters lifespan is between 8 to 12 years, and it’s ideal to check your sump pump every month.

The most common residential plumbing problems are passing/leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, leaking or clogged sinks and valves that are shut off or not 100 percent off.

To protect your plumbing, Brown’s advises against using chemical drain cleaners. Not only can they cause severe chemical burns to skin and eyes, but the highly corrosive solutions can eat through thin or old metal and cause pitting on drain waste fittings and fixtures. Always wear gloves and safety glasses if you do use them, and always tell a plumber if you’ve used them, especially if the chemicals haven’t worked. Toilet tank cleaners are equally corrosive; some of their chemicals can erode the rubber seals between the toilet tank and bowl and fill valves, resulting in leaking toilet tanks over time. If you live in an area with high iron content, be sure to use a non-chlorinating toilet tank cleaner.

In the kitchen, remember you can’t throw everything into the garbage disposal. Don’t throw grease, meats, large quantities of fibrous foods, etc. down the drain. The only thing you should put down the sink is small bits of food left on plates after you’ve scraped them off.

If you do get a problem, it’s best to call a pro. Many people think they can do it themselves, only to learn that they may be in over their heads when they get too deep into a problem.

Plumbing is very labor intensive, and plumbers are highly trained. That’s why they make it look so easy. Plumbers have years of knowledge on older systems and the new modern materials needed for a seamless operation.

For nearly 50 years, family owned and operated Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing has been providing quality HVAC and plumbing services all over New Jersey. Emergency service is available 24/7, and you can enroll for priority service so that you will be seen immediately. Their service agreement includes regular maintenance to make sure everything is working just right. You’ll find monthly specials on the website brownshc.com or call 732-810-0459.