The Dangers of Chlorine in Your Water

drinking waterYou may be aware of the fact that chlorine acts as a disinfectant if you own a pool, but most municipalities also add water to the water supply in an effort to rid the supply of microbes in an inexpensive manner. As a homeowner, you may not have much control over what is used to disinfect the water that comes through your faucets and plumbing fixtures, but you can control what you expose your family to. Here at Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we believe that everyone should know about water quality and the dangers that chlorine can present. If you are wondering whether or not your unfiltered water supply is safe, read on and find out what the experts have to say.

Ingesting Chlorinated Water Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

It may be an inexpensive compound that kills bacteria, but if this compound kills living microorganisms what do you think it will do to the organs in the human body? It may surprise you to hear that the same compound that is used to disinfect public water supplies today in Treasure Coast is what was used as a weapon in World War I. Yes, chlorine gas was used as a weapon and when enemies breathes this gas in they would experience burning. While the levels of the compound are much lower in water, ingesting it can still present hazards to your health.

What Are the Risks?

A lot of studies have been conducted to see how chlorinated water can affect the human body. Based on the studies, researchers have linked water treated with this compound to higher rates of bladder and rectal cancer. Based on what the studies show, when it is ingested, the compound will interact with other organic compounds in the body that will lead to the growth of dangerous free radicals that can damage your healthy cells. Experts suggest that individuals switch to chlorine-free water to avoid becoming a statistic.

When you trust Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, you are trusting more than just a Fort Pierce plumber. We are experts in water filtration, troubleshooting, and plumbing repair, and are dedicated to helping our customers. If you are ready for unlimited access to chlorine-free water, call our experts at 866-236-1776 and discuss your water filtration options today.

How Shouldn’t I Clean My Drains?

Drain Cleaning

Your drains do a lot more in your home than you might think. When your drains are working as they are intended to, you hardly take notice to them, but if they are clogged or dirty they become the source of a major hassle. Dirty drains can lead to drainage problems, overflowing toilets, and stinky odors, but you can solve this problem if you know how to clean your drains properly. Here are Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we believe in educating our clients before neglect leads to clogged drains and a plumbing disaster. If you are not familiar with what not to do when it comes to drain cleaning, here are our expert Palm Beach plumber tips to help you avoid costly mistakes:

Waiting to Clean Your Drains Until There is a Stubborn Clog

It is very common for grime and particle to accumulate in the U bend of a plumbing pipe. This U shaped pipe is necessary to allow water to pass through without allowing dangerous gases to rise. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is failing to clean your pipes regularly in an effort to prevent needing plumbing repair. By pouring 1 part baking soda and 3 parts boiling water down your drains regularly, you can break up the debris that accumulates before the grease and grime hardens.

Using a Chemical Cleaner to Breakup Clogs

Preventative plumbing maintenance is designed to prevent major malfunctions that can cause the need for major repairs. While chemical cleaning product manufacturers claims that their products can breakup the most stubborn clogs, using these products can be dangerous. Not only can you burn your eyes and your skin, you can damage your pipes. Baking soda, vinegar, boiling water, or even high-pressure washers are natural solutions that will not cause damage.

We have seen just about everything when it comes to homeowners attempting to clean their neglected and clogged pipes. While prevention is possible, you still need to clean your pipes regularly. If you need help clearing a clog or tips cleaning pipes, trust Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast. Call us at 866-236-1776, and schedule your appointment for maintenance, troubleshooting or repair.

Garbage Disposal Maintenance Tips for Summer

Garbage DisposalWhen you think of preventative maintenance, you generally think of a task or several tasks you can perform on a monthly or semi-annual basis. When it comes to your garbage disposal, however, maintenance involves what you do with your kitchen sink disposal system on a daily basis. If you want to avoid the need for garbage disposal repair, you should start by learning what you should and should not run through your disposal this summer. Here are some valuable garbage disposal maintenance tips from our reliable expert plumbers at Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast.

Fruit Salad Debris and What Is Left of the Barbecue Can Do Damage

Did someone in your family tell you that running fruit peels down your disposal on a regular basis would sharpen the blades for future use? If grandma or mom told you this, it is time to debunk the myth. If you plan on making a fruit salad for your summer barbecue, the last thing you should do is push the banana peels, the strawberry stems, and the orange peels down your disposal. Just because you think your disposal will smell like fresh fruit, does not mean that is what will happen. In fact, one of the first steps to maintaining your disposal is learning what will lead to build up. If you put peels down the drain, they will actually make the blades dull. Doing this means that more debris from your summer barbecue dishes will build up. This leads to more odor and the need for professional and preventable home maintenance in the future.

Learn the Tricks That Really Do Work

Believe it or not, there are some maintenance tricks that do actually work to maintain your blades and dissolve debris. The next time you have left over ice in your cooler, don’t pour it out on the grass, pour it down your kitchen sink instead. By running your garbage disposal with ice run down the drain, you can sharpen and clean your blades at the same time. If you want to deodorize, cut up a single lemon peel and run it down with the ice. Go a step further and use that rock salt you were planning to use for your margaritas, and pour it down along with the ice for easily dissolving.

The do-it-yourself maintenance will not always work, and if you need to call a Palm Beach plumber for repairs, call us. Here at Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we believe in punctuality and quality. We are the leading plumbing company in Palm Beach for a reason and plan on staying the best in the business. Call 866-236-1776 to schedule your appointment, and we can help with minor repairs and major remodels.

When to Consider Upgrading Your Water Heater

Water HeatersAre you tired of having to wait to wash dishes until someone in the house is out of the shower? Does your washer consumer absolutely all of the hot water in your home for an hour or more? If you are suffering from any of these problems, it is probably time to consider upgrading your water heater. Your water heater is the sole appliance responsible for heating the water that you bathe in, wash clothes in and run through your dishwasher. All too often our plumbing specialists here at Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast see homeowners who rely on outdated water heaters with minimal output capabilities. If you know it is time for an upgrade, here is some valuable advice from our experts.

Should You Go Tankless or Conventional?

We know you are not an expert and that is why you should consult a St. Lucie plumber before you choose which upgrade is right for your home. If you are doing your research, you might wonder whether a conventional tank water heater or a tankless water heater is better for your lifestyle. While energy conservationists rave about how much water you can conserve with a tankless system, when you need a lot of hot water a efficient tank storage heater if probably the best way to go.

You need to consider just how many people will be using hot water in your home at any given time. If you have a large household with a high demand for hot water, a tankless system will only be able to heat a specific quantity of water at a single time. The only way to keep up with the high demand in your home with a tankless system is to piggyback several different units so that they can be used in tandem to heat the water that you want to use in the shower which another system heats the water be used to wash your whites. For high demand households, the more efficient route is to choose a convention and efficient model with high output capabilities. Tankless models are better suited for households with less demand.

The Cost of Repairs vs. Replacement

If you are not sure if you should repair your current model or invest in a replacement, you need to consider how much it will cost to repair and how much energy the model is consuming each month. In most cases, it is more cost effective to buy an efficient model and forgo the repairs, but repairs are an option when you have a modern water heater with a sufficient output capacity.

If you need help choosing a water heater for your home, our specialists can help you make the best choice for your home and your individual needs. Here at Ben Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we know that water heaters are not one-size-fits-all. Call us at 866-236-1776 for recommendations and professional water heater installation services.

Why You Should Never Wait to Fix a Plumbing Problem

Plumbing RepairA seemingly little plumbing problem can quickly grow into a big one if it is not promptly repaired by an experienced professional plumber. From ruined possessions to structural problems that require the expertise of an engineer, waiting to fix a plumbing problem is a bad idea financially, health-wise, and environmentally. As your plumber in Martin, we at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast offer the following reasons why you should never wait for an emergency plumbing repair.

Property Damage
Plumbing problems can result in damage to your home that ranges from cosmetic to major structural issues. Examples of structural problems that can result from a broken pipe or other plumbing issue include:

  • A cracked slab
  • A damaged foundation
  • Uneven settling
  • Rotted flooring, walls, or ceilings
  • Short circuits in wiring, which can also lead to fires

These problems can cost thousands of dollars and many months to repair, which is a shame because they can all be easily prevented.

Health
Moisture that lingers as a result of a plumbing issue is a source of fuel for mold growth. While some fungi are innocuous, others are toxic and can cause many health problems, including allergies, migraines, asthma, and respiratory problems in your family. The longer moisture is left, the more extensively mold will spread throughout a structure.

Injury
Whether it’s slipping in a puddle of water that your leaky fixture leaves on the floor or it’s falling through a rotted floorboard resulting from a burst pipe, serious injuries can result from waiting for pipe repair.

Don’t Take Any Chances
Many homeowners put off plumbing repairs because they are afraid of the expense. The reality is that waiting to fix the problem almost always results in a more costly repair due to a worsening of the situation and the aftermath it causes. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we’re here 24/7 to handle any plumbing situation in your home or business. Call us today at 866-236-1776 for courteous, affordable, and reliable emergency plumbing service.

New Kitchen Sinks Take the Work Out of Washing

Kitchen SinkThe kitchen is the heart of any home. As the hub of so many activities, the kitchen attracts much attention and the fixtures get much use. Many homeowners not only wish for a functional space, but for a beautiful one as well. Our kitchen remodeling experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast introduce the newest designs in sink and faucet products that will beautify and improve your kitchen environment.

Kitchen Faucet Designs and Trends

The latest in kitchen faucet designs feature high arcs that make washing dishes, produce and hands a breeze. These faucets can easily accommodate bulky items, which makes working in the kitchen so much simpler. One handle designs on the latest Moen products makes food preparation and cleaning easy to do. Stylish finishes such as chrome seamlessly match stainless steal appliances. Other trends in finishes include bronze, which invokes a feeling of warmth and class.

Kitchen Sink Designs and Trends

For effortless countertop cleaning, undermount kitchen sinks are the latest in design trends. These sinks are made of thick stainless steel to withstand years of use, yet offer many configurations and sizes to make washing a pleasure instead of a chore. Multiple bowl sinks, including three bowl configurations, accommodate the largest of pots and pans. Multitasking in the kitchen has never been easier with these trendy kitchen sinks by Moen. For second kitchens or extended work areas, single bowl sinks offer incredible depth and large dimensions to accommodate most any task. From craft projects to cooking, the kitchen work station will get plenty of use.

At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, we offer the latest in Moen fixtures for a timeless appeal that is stylish and functional. By installing a new Moen kitchen sink or faucet, you will enjoy an improved experience in your home and a better resale value should you choose to sell. For more information on how our new kitchen fixtures can take the work out of washing, call our Indian River plumbers at 866-236-1776.

 

Common Mistakes in DIY Drain Cleaning

Drain CleaningFinding a clogged drain in your bathroom or kitchen is an unpleasant and unwelcome experience for any homeowner. When this happens, many homeowners dig out the bottles of chemical drain cleaners or even get out a tool such as an auger to dispel the clog. But sometimes, these could be the wrong action.

Learn about common mistakes in DIY drain cleaning and how you can avoid making the same mistakes in your home:

  • Inserting the drain auger too fast. Shoving the auger into the pipe too quickly could result in pushing the clog further down the pipe, rather than busting the clog.
  • Leaving the drain trap on when trying to auger. Take an extra few minutes and remove the trap.
  • Not trying the branching pipe when using the auger. Sometimes the clog is in the branching pipe, and failing to auger this pipe could leave the clog within the plumbing.
  • Mixing chemicals. Combining different types of chemical cleaners could result in the development of toxic gases or even an explosion.
  • Using a chemical cleaner and then plunging the drain. Working a plunger through the chemical could splash the chemicals into your face and skin, resulting in injuries to your eyes and the rest of your body.
  • Failing to read the labels on drain cleaners. Not all cleaners can be used on all types of pipes. Use the wrong cleaner and your pipes could be permanently damaged, resulting in a major leak and significant damage.

At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast, our Indian River plumbers handle all types of drain problems. From backups to replacements, our plumbers get the job done effectively and efficiently. For more information about our Indian River drain cleaning services, call us today at 866-236-1776.

Easy Ways to Update Your Bathroom

Bathroom RemodelingUpdating parts of a bathroom can be done when a complete remodel is not an option due to lack of money or time. There are many inexpensive ways to update a bathroom to change the look or to give it a new style. A few of these upgrades may require help from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast for proper installation. Review a few bathroom remodeling ideas that can be used in your home.

Replace Cabinet Hardware

Old hardware on existing vanities and cabinets can be replaced with more modern options. A bathroom vanity will typically have knobs on doors and drawers. Cabinets in a bathroom may also have knobs or pulls. You can choose a variety of finishes for cabinet hardware, such as stainless steel or nickel. There is also the choice of a brass finish.

Replace the Faucets

Faucets in a bathroom that look dated can easily be updated to a more modern style. The installation of new faucets is a job best suited for a local St. Lucie plumber. The water lines need to be taken off before removing the old faucet from the sink. New faucet installation by an experienced plumber takes less than a half hour to complete.

Replace the Toilet

The toilet is a fixture in your bathroom that may function well, but look old and worn. You can replace an old toilet with newer models that offer better performance. Toilets for a bathroom are now more efficient than older models because they use less water. Water-efficient toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

Replace Tub and Shower Hardware

The hardware for a shower and tub can be replaced with options to match new faucet hardware. Another option is to replace the showerhead with a rain shower model or a hand-held model. The fixtures in a tub or shower can also be installed by a St. Lucie plumber.

Additional Information

Many hardware options for your bathroom can be found at any home improvement store. If you have any questions about a bathroom update, then contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast at 866-236-1776.

Do You Know What’s In Your Drinking Water?

Water FiltrationDrinking water for a home typically comes from a well or from a municipal water supply. Depending on where you live and where your water comes from, there may be several unsavory particles or minerals present. If you have any concerns about the water quality in your home, consider the following guide of a few of the substances found in local residential drinking water. You can also contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast for advice.

Iron

Iron is the most common element found in well water for residential homes, and causes a rusty orange color to appear on your tub, sink, or laundry. The best way to remove iron from water is to have a North Palm Beach plumber install a water softener, which can easily be incorporated into your regular plumbing system.

Lead

High concentrations of lead can and do exist in groundwater. Lead is typically removed from water by a water treatment plant in the city, but homes with copper piping soldered with lead are at increased risk for lead poisoning. If you’re worried about lead in your water, a water filtration system can easily remove lead and other potentially dangerous contaminants for you.

Minerals

Various minerals in drinking water are the main reason water is classified as “hard.” Common minerals include calcium and magnesium. If you see white, crusty buildup on plumbing fixtures in your home, calcium deposits are often to blame. These minerals also result in scaling on the piping in your home and are the reason for the lack of lather when you take a shower.

Chloride

The presence of chloride in your water is the result of industrial pollution and domestic waste. One way you can remove this unwelcome element from your drinking water is to install a whole house filtration system, which provides you with clean drinking water at any tap in your home.

If you have any questions about plumbing installation or water filtration, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast at 866-236-1776.

How Hybrid Water Heaters Work

Water heater installation and repairA hybrid water is a unit that combines tankless and conventional water heater technology in a single unit. They can support multiple appliance use by providing a supply of hot water that is continuous. This type of water heater provides a high-efficiency solution for homeowners who want to achieve energy savings. If you are considering updating your water heater, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of the Treasure Coast has the facts and figures you need!

At a Glance

The typical water heater installed in most homes in a conventional unit. This model will typically meet the basic demands of an individual homeowner or small family. However, one problem with a conventional water heater is that they cannot provide an endless supply of hot water. If you want to run a dishwasher, wash clothes, and take a shower, all at the same time, high-demand solution is necessary.

A tankless unit can be installed to obtain energy efficiency, but these units often fail at providing hot water for high-demand uses, such as in the example provided previously. The solution, then, is a hybrid water heater, which uses the best of both worlds to provide continual heat.

Benefits

A new hybrid hot water heater installation offers homeowners many benefits:

  • Hybrid models allow homes that have multiple bathrooms to use multiple showers without having to worry about lacking hot water.
  • They allow multiple appliances to be used at once.
  • The use of a hybrid water heater does not cause any spikes in the temperature of the water when another appliance is turned on simultaneously.

Hybrid Technology

If you live in a large home with multiple bathrooms, this type of water heater is a good solution. Your home will also benefit if there are multiple family members who need to take showers. High hot water usage is no longer a concern if you replace a conventional water heater with a hybrid water heater.

If you are looking for alternatives to a conventional hot water heater for your home, a North Palm Beach plumber can discuss your options with you and help you decide. Contact Benjamin Franklin of the Treasure Coast at 866-236-1776 if you have any questions concerning hybrid hot water heater

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