Garbage disposals have been the workhorse of American kitchens for more than 80 years, but they remain a mystery to many homeowners.
It is estimated that 50 percent of U.S. homes have garbage disposals installed in the kitchen under their sinks.
These electrically powered appliances, located between the sink drain and trap, can chop or shred food and other waste into small enough pieces to then pass through your plumbing system.
Garbage disposals are not only useful but can contribute to sustainability.
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Looking to save money on your energy bills and transform your home into a more sustainable overall space? You might want to look at your plumbing. Specifically, your hot water heater.
While conventional hot water tanks are effective at heating water and dispersing it to all the various household water-using appliances, they’re not very efficient. Nor are they long lasting. Tankless water heaters are an alternative that a growing number of households.
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Hard water is a common problem, but many homeowners still don’t understand what it is or why it’s important. When water is considered hard, it is full of dissolved minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals don’t just make the water taste or smell odd. They also build up on surfaces where water flows or splashes, resulting in deposits that can be hard or impossible to remove. Understanding the many possible negative effects of hard water will be enough to convince you to let us here at Pilot Plumbing fix the problem for you.
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When it comes to hurricane preparedness do not forget your plumbing which can be at risk when a major storm hits.
Houston area residents that lived through Hurricane Harvey in 2017 certainly understand the catastrophic damage that these storms can wreak.
Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, caused an estimated $125 billion in damage with 30,000 people displaced by flooding and more than 17,000 rescues made.
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Historic low mortgage rates, a rush of first-time home buyers, out-of-state relocations, and trend towards remodel projects during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a squeeze on building materials in Texas with increased demand and supply shortages.
“The supply channels cannot handle the demand,” Mike Dishberger, CEO of Sandcastle Homes based in Houston and former president of the Greater Houston Builders Association told the Community Impact Newspaper.
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For many Texan homeowners, the devastating February cold snap and subsequent Texas power grid failure left them with a plumbing Armageddon on their hands as frozen pipes burst across the Lonestar State.
State Farm alone received nearly 19,000 property claims within days of the frigid storm, most of them related to broken water pipes. The largest home insurer in Texas, State Farm said it had received more claims due to frozen pipes in the state than it has from across the entire U.S. in all of 2020.
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