To Flush or Not to Flush? That Is the Question…

Our toilets can sometimes seem like magic. You turn the flush handle, the bowl fills up and whatever is inside disappears down into the sewer. But being careless about what you send down can have serious ramifications. A clogged toilet, a call to the plumber, and not to mention damage to the city’s water treatment system and the environment, are all possible outcomes.

flushing-medicationThe answer to the question of what can be flushed is very simple: human waste and toilet paper. Anything other than that should be disposed of in a trash receptacle. Here’s a list of some common and uncommonly flushed items that should NEVER be sent down the toilet.

  1. Wipes: Pre-moistened baby wipes and adult wipes may seem like good candidates for flushing, but they don’t break apart like toilet paper. This can lead to clogging and damage to sewer systems.
  2. Medication: Flushing medication may seem like a good way to get rid of it, but filtration and water treatment systems don’t always remove them, leaving them to affect water supplies and harm wildlife.
  3. Feminine Products: Tampons and pads are designed to absorb moisture, meaning they can expand and cause massive blockages in your plumbing. Make sure to throw them away.
  4. Cat Litter: This one might make sense, because it’s waste, but the particles in kitty litter are designed to suck in moisture and clump together, a perfect recipe for a clog.
  5. A Snake: Hard as it may be to believe, an Australian man was surprised one day to find a python nearly ten feet in length in his toilet! This should go without saying, but snakes or other live animals should never be flushed!

 Of course, should any clogs arise, don’t hesitate to call MET Plumbing! You’ll be glad we met!

MET Plumbing Repair Tips

Katy Plumber | Water HeaterWater Heater Awareness:

It’s important to know the age of your water heater. The average warranty of a water heater is six years. In our experience we have seen water heaters last as long as fifteen years, but letting the heater get this old is a gamble and we do not recommend it. This is an appliance that you should not wait until it fails before replacing it.  A water heater going out can range from the inconvenience of not having hot water when you want it, to the tank leaking and causing devastating property damage. Most water heaters in our part of Texas (Katy, Houston) are located in the attic, so you can see how this could get out of control if a leak accrues. If your water heater is ten years or older we highly recommend having it inspected by a licensed professional plumber. To find out how old your water heater is you can find the name of the water heater (usually at the top of the unit) and the serial number (often located on a sticker about half way up on the heater).  Look up the manufacturers name online to get their 1-800 phone number. You can call the 1-800 number and give them the serial number and they will tell you how old your water heater is.

Here are a few helpful links for some common water heater manufactures:

Bradford White:http://www.bradfordwhite.com/

Rheem:http://www.rheem.com/

A.O. Smith: http://www.hotwater.com/

State: http://www.statewaterheaters.com/

Plumbing Seminars

mqdefaultOn Wednesday September 14thour plumbers went to a local Katy plumbing supply company for a water heater training seminar.  The Bradford White water heater reps from Houston were there to talk to all the Katy Plumbers about trouble shooting any and all possible problems we might come across with their water heaters. Keep in mind that it is possible for all water heaters to have unforeseen mechanical problems, fortunately Bradford White is an industry leading manufacturer; therefore the problems are few and far between. Bradford White manufactures the only American made water heater and has a long successful history dating back to 1881. Today Bradford White is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating and water storage products in the world. The seminar was very informative. All the Katy Plumbers were provided a bar-b-que dinner and it was fantastic! The other companies seemed to be enjoying this function as well. As your local Katy plumbing company we at MET Plumbing pride ourselves by staying informed on current information pertaining to the products that we install and or service.

Helpful tip when choosing the best water heater for your home.

An important factor in choosing a water heater, the 1st Hour Rating is an indicator of how much hot water a particular model can provide. The rating, in gallons of usable (desired temperature) hot water is reached by combining the amount of usable hot water stored in the tank plus how many gallons of usable hot water the water heater can generate in one hour of operation. For example, if a 40-gallon natural gas water heater will store 31 gallons of usable hot water and can deliver 41 gallons of usable hot water in the first hour, its 1st Hour Rating is 72 gallons.