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Practical Ways of Conserving Water At Home

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Water is an essential resource in everyday life yet, a lot of it may go to waste if you do not take the necessary precautions. Reports of global warming and the scarcity of water in some regions around the globe are encouraging individuals to embrace eco-friendly living as a way of reducing wastage and to promote water conservation.

Becoming conscious of how you use water around your home will bear a significant impact on your efforts to conserve this resource, and that is why this should be part of your priorities. Some of the simple best practices you embrace today as a homeowner can save several gallons of water every day, and here are some of them.

Invest in Water-Efficient Appliances

Dishwashers and washing machines are a necessity in various homes, and they are responsible for wastage of water in one way or another. If you are planning to replace a dishwasher or washing machine, opt for the variety that is water-efficient. You should also avoid turning on your washing machine or dishwasher when it is hardly full because that suggests that you will clean your clothes or dishes frequently and that will result in the wastage of water around your home.

If possible, acquire the smallest dishwasher or washing machine for your needs because the smaller the size, the lesser the amount of water you will use at home daily.

Fix Leakages

Taps, pipes, and other plumbing works wear down, break, rust, deteriorate over time, and block up for one reason or another. Failure to check the water supply pipe to your house means that there can be unseen leakages underground, which will not only increase your monthly utility bills, but such leaks will frustrate your water conservation efforts if they remain unattended.

Inviting a plumber to check the fittings around your home at least once every year is advisable. You should also check your water meter, especially when water is not running from the taps in your house, which can help you establish whether there is underground water leakage or not. Fixing a leaking pipe will tame water wastage and eliminate potential destruction of your property.

Reduce Your Shower Time

Do you ever consider the amount of time you spend in the shower? Spending a lot of time showering while your mind is wondering contributes to wastage of water. A starting point for cutting down the amount of time you spend showering can be using a timer that will help you acquire the necessary discipline for saving water in this case.

Showering is a daily routine, and occupants of individual homes can conserve a lot of water by reducing the time they spend in the shower.

Turn Off The Faucets

You may not leave the water running from your home faucet when washing your hands, face, or when cleaning your teeth because you are conscious of the same. However, if you have a habit of cleaning fresh produce with running water, quite often you may leave the water running for a considerable period, and that may not strike your conscience at that moment.

Ensuring that each faucet within your house is off every time you are not using it can help you save several gallons of water each day, and that is one of the best practices that is worth embracing.

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

It is quite uncommon to find homeowners reusing water where this is an option, especially if they do not have a water recycling system. Today, several industries and establishments are recycling wastewater, as part of their initiatives for supporting an eco-friendly environment. You do not have to set up an expensive water recycling plant within your home to save water because you can adopt a cheaper alternative that can help you achieve the same objective.

Instead of draining some of the water you can reuse consider collecting it in a bucket for use on your yard or lawn, which will reduce unnecessary wastage of water around your home. If you need more information on tips for conserving water at home, contact us today!

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6 Items You Should Never Put Down Your Kitchen Sink

Friday, June 28th, 2019

If you’re like many Kansas City homeowners who own kitchen garbage disposals, you probably know how useful these appliances can be. However, you can’t just toss anything down the chute without hurting your disposal or damaging your plumbing. Here are six foods and items you should never put down your kitchen drain, along with a few considerations and warnings. 

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1. Greasy, Oily or Fatty Foods 

High on the list of foods that should never go down a disposal chute are those that contain grease, oil or fat. Grease that sticks to the interior of sewer pipes can accumulate, which results in blocking pipes. Consider that your garbage disposal won’t keep out grease from your plumbing system since it’s designed to shred only solid substances into small bits. Even worse, it lets grease descend down your drain, which creates more problems.

Fatty meats should never be dumped into a drain as well as oily foods. Thus, never throw shortening, cooking oil, lard, questionable food scraps, butter, margarine, sauces, dairy products, and baking goods into your garbage disposal.

2. Coffee Grounds

Unfortunately, too many people think they can use a disposal for getting rid of coffee grinds. Don’t dump coffee grounds down your drain because they can hurt your plumbing, although they won’t affect your disposal. Consider that eventually, coffee grinds can get into your plumbing, which can lead to clogs.

3. Stringy or Fibrous Veggies and Fruits

Never put stringy vegetables, such as celery and asparagus, down your disposal. This is because the strings of these veggies can easily wrap around the moving parts of a disposal and cause damage.

Also, don’t toss fibrous fruits and vegetables down your chute. Avoid vegetables with layered bulbs, such as onions. In addition to causing damage by wrapping around a disposal’s moving parts, they can weaken or even ruin the motor of a disposal.

4. Rice and Pasta

Rice and pasta should stay out of a disposal. These types of food are prone to expand in a disposal when coming into contact with water. As a result, they can easily block your disposal’s trap or clog your drain.

5. Shells and Nuts

You may have heard the old wives’ tale that eggshells can be used to sharpen disposal blades, but this is just isn’t true. Egg shells can be hazardous because of their filmy membrane that can wrap around the moving components of a disposal. Rather than throwing shells down your disposal, use them as compost.

Shells from seafood aren’t meant for a garbage disposal, as they are exceptionally hard. On the other hand, there are some disposals that can take their hardness. But it’s still not a good idea since it can cause blades to become dull. What’s more, your disposal won’t last as long. Furthermore, don’t throw nuts down your disposal.

6. Items That Aren’t Biodegradable

Non-food items, such as tissues and napkins, should not be allowed in a disposal. A good rule of thumb is that if an item isn’t biodegradable, it’s a no-no. These items include those such as plastic, paper, metal, glass, wood, and others. Simply recycle these materials, if possible, or just toss them in your garbage.

Other Considerations and Warnings

  • Never throw animal bones into a disposal. Bone is an extremely hard substance, so it’s not intended for a disposal. Even though some garbage disposals can process bones, throwing animal bones into a disposal can still cause wear and shorten lifespan.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean out your disposal. Instead, clean it out by pouring a small amount of dish detergent into it. Throw down a few ice cubes, because ice can clean the walls and blades, while the soap breaks down oil and grease as well as gives it a pleasant scent.
  • Keep cigarette butts out of your disposal because they can expand, causing clogs. Again, a kitchen garbage disposal isn’t intended for any man-made materials.
  • Don’t throw down too much stuff at the same time. In other words, put only a small handful of a substance down the chute instead of tossing everything down at once. You don’t want to put excess stress on your disposal’s motor because this can wear it out quickly.

 

Sometimes, drains get clogged or need repair even if they are used properly and maintained. For all your home drain needs, you can depend on Lutz Plumbing. Please contact us.

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Lutz Plumbing’s Loyalty Club Helps to Prevent Major Plumbing Leaks

Friday, June 14th, 2019

When it comes to plumbing, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is very true.

Water leaks waste water and money. Additionally, they will typically develop into a bigger problem that will cause more extensive damage. Checking your plumbing for leaks or other potential problems should be one of your most important routines. Below we will discuss the cost of leaks in the long run and what you should do if you discover a leak.

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Household Leaks

There are many possible places in the home from which leaks can develop. These include:

  • Toilet (internal and external)
  • Sink
  • Water Heater
  • Washing machine
  • Pipes that are behind the wall

These leaks can cause very little damage or major damage that will necessitate extensive repairs. However, even small leaks should not be ignored. They can be the first sign of a major problem to come. Most of these leaks, if left unaddressed, will cause mold which can cause major health problems and is expensive to remove.

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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Great tasting water straight from the tap is what we all want when we reach for a glass. The water used for cooking and drinking should be sparkling, fresh, and just great tasting. How can you achieve this? With the wide selection of water filtration systems available and the experts at Lutz Plumbing, it is much easier than you may think.

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Why Filter Water?

Water quality varies from one local utility to another, so you want to make sure you select a filter that catches the contaminants in your area. You can order a report from your local utility to find out what contaminants are common in your water.

Filtering water is especially important if you are pregnant, older, or if someone in the home has a suppressed immune system. Bottled water is an option, but bottled water is not as strictly monitored as municipal water, and environmental groups discourage its use because of all the plastic waste generated. Not only that, but it is also much less cost-effective.

Using fresh filtered water also has health benefits, with the reduction in bacterial contamination and chlorine. Some water filters also provide an even more comprehensive range of contaminant removal, producing healthier water for cooking, drinking, and with some filters, bathing.

Types of Water Filters

Water filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, so check the packaging to make sure the filter you purchase meets NFS certification for substances of concern in your water. Also, check for NSF certification for the removal of lead and organic contaminants.

Calculate how much water your family uses and consumes. Factor in cooking water and your budget and you’ll get an idea of which type of water filter would work best in your home. Below is a list of the types of water filters that will introduce fresh, sweet tasting, water into your home.

Carafes work well for individuals or couples who don’t use as much water as larger families. Most of these do an excellent job of removing lead and chloroform

Faucet mounted water filters can switch between filtered and unfiltered water, but their water flow can be slow, and they don’t fit on all faucet types. (like a pull-out sprayer)

Countertop water filters sit on the counter and allow you to filter large amounts of water without altering your plumbing. They can take up a lot of space on your counter and they also don’t fit on all faucets.

Under Sink water filters take up space under the sink, but are able to filter large amounts of water. They filter all the water from your tap while remaining out of sight.

Reverse Osmosis water filters remove a wide range of contaminants from the water using a semi-permeable membrane and filters.

Whole house water filtration systems are the most comprehensive option for filtering water entering your home. They are considered point- of-entry filters because they are installed where water first enters your home and they filter all your water, both hot and cold.

Kansas City Water Concerns

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), Kansas City area water is polluted by industry contaminants, agricultural products, general runoff, and other naturally occurring pollutants. Lutz Plumbing recommends a whole house water filtration system for the most comprehensive contamination removal, allowing your family to enjoy healthful, clean water for bathing, cooking, and most importantly, drinking!

With the help of professionals at Lutz Plumbing, you will be enjoying healthful, sweet-smelling water in your home in no time at all. Contact us to get your water tested and find out what is in your water. We will work with you to find the best water filtration system that suits your specific needs.

 

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When to Call for Emergency Plumbing Services

Monday, February 18th, 2019

plumber-wrenchSometimes homeowners are unsure what constitutes an “emergency,” so we’re here to clear things up a bit. Emergencies don’t always have to mean that your home is bursting at the seams with water, sometimes an “emergency” is just a clogged toilet. We’ve listed some of the most common emergencies below, if you find yourself running into a problem like this below make sure that you contact our team here today. We have a team full of conscientious, educated technicians and we always provide 24-hour emergency service for our customers. If you need emergency service in Kansas City, MO then contact our team today.   

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Water Contaminants vs. Your Home: Why You Need Water Treatment

Monday, January 7th, 2019

water-handsYour water quality is a big issue in the overall quality of your home. Although we heavily rely on water in our daily lives, its healthfulness probably isn’t something you lose sleep over. Although it’s not a hot topic, we’re encouraging you to think about this issue.

It’s important that your water supply stays clear of contaminants and pollutants that are common to your home. When you need plumbing in Mission, KS make sure to contact our team. We’re the best in the area for all your water treatment services because we understand the science behind water treatment and the importance of clean water in your home.   

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Avoid a Disaster with These Holiday Plumbing Tips

Monday, December 24th, 2018

plumber-wrenchThe holidays are here! It’s likely that you’re hosting parties, cooking lots of food, and celebrating so make sure that you’re taking care of your plumbing system during this high impact time. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year in the plumbing business, you need to be diligent about what goes down your drain in time for this season. If you do have a mishap and need a plumber in Olathe, KS then contact our team. If you want to know how to keep your plumbing system in top shape, keep reading below.

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How to Avoid Garbage Disposal Problems

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.We’re fully in the swing of holiday season now. You’ve made it past the big hurdle of Thanksgiving so far but there are many other festivities to come—is your plumbing system ready? Problems with your garbage disposal system aren’t inevitable, there are many preventative measures you can take to avoid expensive and inconvenient garbage disposal problems this holiday season and throughout the year.

We’ve listed the best ways to avoid garbage disposal issues below, but we understand that mistakes happen. If you have a problem with your system, it’s important to call a plumber as soon as possible. If you need a plumber in Independence, MO contact our teams for the best services available.

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What to Look for When Hiring a Plumber

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Professional plumber doing reparation in kitchen home.If you have a backed-up toilet or your sink is leaking, you know you need a plumber, but do you know how to hire the right plumber? There are many certifications, qualifications, and qualities that you need from your plumber that you might not realize. Luckily, since we’re on the business side, we understand what separates a good plumber from a great plumber and we’ll help you hire the best professional for the job. If you need a plumber in Overland Park, KS, you need a professional from our team. We’re always conscientious, thorough, and efficient.

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5 Ways to Ruin Your Kitchen Sink Drain

Monday, October 29th, 2018

drainHere at Lutz Plumbing, Inc. we find that homeowners get comfortable and start to treat their garbage disposal as if it can handle anything. While it might seem this way, this simply isn’t the case. You should be cautious about what goes down your garbage disposal. Even if you put harmful things 1. down your drain and it doesn’t cause an immediate problem, it can catch up to you later.

If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, you need the help of a reliable plumber in Independence, MO. Our team here at Lutz Plumbing, Inc. can be of assistance. We always ensure that our technicians are trustworthy and knowledgeable. If you’d like to know what things you should never put down your drain to avoid trouble with your system keep reading below.

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