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Why Is My Dishwasher Leaking Water?

If you’ve just walked into your kitchen to find a pool of water in front of your dishwasher, take a deep breath and try not to panic. A dishwasher leaking water can happen for some very simple reasons, so you don’t need to start shopping for a new dishwasher just yet. POM Plumbing is here to help you figure out what’s going on.

Soap Mistakes

One of the most simple problems that can cause a dishwasher leaking water is using the wrong kind of soap. This is especially worth checking into if you have children or young teens who help with the dishes. 

Dish detergent is specially designed to work in dishwashers. Using dish soap, hand soap, or other kinds of non-detergent soaps can cause the dishwasher to leak. This is because these soaps are made to create a lot of sudsy bubbles, which your dishwasher isn’t made to handle. The excess bubbles can actually force their way out of the dishwasher, bringing a lot of water with them.

If you used the wrong soap or someone else ran the dishwasher last, try running it again. Turn it on with no soap in it and see if it makes it through a cycle without leaking. You may want to lay down some towels or keep a close eye on it though. If it starts leaking partway through, turn it off and resume investigation.

Door Malfunctions

The next most common cause of a dishwasher leaking water is the door malfunctioning. This generally comes in one of two flavors: your door latch is loose or the door gasket is damaged.

If the door latch is loose or faulty, it won’t hold the door shut as tight as it needs to, allowing water to come out. If your dishwasher opens really easily or the door wiggles around when latched, you should replace the latch.

However, even if your latch works perfectly fine, your dishwasher door gasket might be doing a poor job. As this gasket is the only thing sealing the dishwasher, a small tear, break, or worn spot can leak water. Take a look at the length of the gasket and check for weak spots. If you find any, it’s time to buy a replacement gasket.

Hose and Valve Breaks

If the door of the dishwasher isn’t the site of the leak, the next most likely cause is a break in your water hose or valve. These can be accessed by removing the panel at the bottom, front of the dishwasher. If you can feel a break in the hose, it’s likely the water spilled out before ever reaching the dishwasher. Replacing these parts is a bit trickier than a gasket or latch and may be worth calling us for.

More Complicated Problems

If none of these problems seem to be the culprit of your dishwasher leaking, call us at POM Plumbing. We’ll be happy to come out and have a look. Sometimes problems with a dishwasher leaking are from more complicated issues, such as pipe placement. We have a keen eye for plumbing problems and can make quick work of your dishwasher leak, saving you time.

Pros and Cons in Bathroom Faucet Design: Part 2

Interested in knobbed faucets? Check out our last guide on bathroom faucet design to get all of the beginning points.

Double-Handled Faucets

The handle design is much more common. Let’s see why.

Pros

The first thing to love about double-handled faucets is the ease of use. There’s no need to get a good grip on it to turn it off or on.

Because of the ease of turning them off or on, double-handled faucets are also great for hygiene. You can touch it minimally, bump it off with your elbow, or turn it off with a paper towel. 

Additionally, cleaning them is much easier. Wiping them down is simply a matter of wrapping a paper towel or cloth with some cleaner on it around the handle and pulling gently.

Plus, because sink handles are typically only touched on the part extending from the base, water doesn’t drip onto the base as much. That means they don’t grow mold as frequently as knobs do. This is especially true if the knobs are attached directly to the sink, If on a raised platform that’s part of the faucet, there are extra corners where water accumulation can be a problem. Therefore, we recommend handles that are installed right on the sink.

The complete opposite of knobs, double-handled faucets are very child friendly. This can be great for when they’ve been taught how to use the sink and know to be careful with hot water or to stick to the cold water handle only.

Faucet handles are also easy to tighten, should they come a bit loose. Because the part of the handle that people touch is a screw-on addition to the actual mechanism, all you have to do to tighten it is turn the handle clockwise. This is a much simpler fix than with knobs.

Cons

Double-handled faucets, much like knobs, have three separate places where they can break. There are also a lot of steps to disassembly. Those include unscrewing the handle, removing the decorative cap, which usually has a tiny screw on the side, and then removing and replacing any hardware beneath that.

And, also the opposite of knobs, the child friendly nature of handles makes them easy for small children to mess with before they know how to use the sink properly. At the least, this can make a mess. At worst, they can leave the sink running and flood the bathroom. If your small children are prone to messing with the sink, it’s best to get a childproof mechanism for the sink knobs to prevent problems.

Single-Handled Faucets

Single-handled faucets, like those that are common in the kitchen, are just as good in bathrooms. Here’s what makes them a great bathroom faucet design and where they have drawbacks.

Pros

The first great thing about single-handled faucets is their ease of use. Just by virtue of being a single handle, they’re twice as easy as double-handled faucets to turn on and off.

Likewise, they’re also better for touch hygiene. While turning them on with an elbow isn’t as easy as double-handled faucets, due to the need to lift, turning them off when your hands are wet and freshly cleaned is as simple as pressing down with your elbow.

This bathroom faucet design is also great for keeping clean. There are many designs for single-handled faucet handles, but the best for hygiene are those that are sleek and either straight or curved. Rounded handles that are reminiscent of those outdated knobs pose the same hygiene problems. However, their straight counterparts are very simple to wipe down and don’t have all of those ridges for mold and bacteria growth.

Having a single handle can make getting warm water easier. While double-handled faucets require twice as much contact and a lot more effort to get the correct temperature, single handled faucets can be moved to one place every time you want a certain temperature. This motion can become second nature. It’s very convenient.

Cons

Unlike double-handled faucets, single-handled ones require you to put your wet hands over the handle mechanism. This means a lot of water on the mechanism. This can lead to molding around the faucet as well as mineral buildup in the moving parts. That can be a huge problem if you have hard water. Not to mention the increase in water spots on the spout below, which can be frustrating for people who like their hardware looking shiny and clean.

The downside of the temperature being chosen from one handle is that in for some people or in some older buildings, getting the temperature to be warm, rather than super hot or super cold, can be tricky.

Easy Faucet Repair

If you’re looking into replacing your faucet because your old one has sprung a leak, it might be worth fixing. Save yourself some money and give us a call at POM Plumbing. We can repair your sink faucet in no time at all, no matter what bathroom faucet design you have. However, if you’re replacing your faucet for aesthetic or age purposes, we hope our little guide helped you with your decision! Give us a call if you have any further questions and we’ll be happy to help.

Pros and Cons in Bathroom Faucet Design: Part 1

Looking to replace your bathroom faucet? Before you go any further in the planning process, you should know some pros and cons in bathroom faucet design. There are many different kinds of bathroom faucet design, but not all of them are great for everyday purposes. The pros at POM Plumbing know a thing or two about the ins and outs of faucet design. So, we’re here to help you find the best choice for you and your home.

Knobbed Faucets

To start, let’s talk about faucets with knobs. These faucets are largely outdated, but can still be found in some places – usually older houses or public bathrooms. So, what’s the scoop on knobbed faucets?

Pros

The most prominent benefit over double-handled faucets is their ability to fit into certain interior design styles. 

However, you could also make the argument that they’re more child-proof. If you have a small child who knows how to climb and likes to turn the sink on, knobs may be a roadblock. They take more coordination to turn, making them harder on small, uncoordinated hands.

Cons

What used to be a pro may yet become a con. Because small children have difficulty with knobbed faucets, when they begin potty training and need to wash their hands, they may need help with turning the water on and off well past the point when they’ve learned to wash independently.

Knobbed faucets can also be a pain for adults to use. If you have the kind of knobs that are more round and geometric or with vertical ridges, rather than having prongs on them, turning them off with wet hands can be a menace. Plus, turning them off with a paper towel can make it hard to get a grip. In settings where hygiene is important, that’s terrible news.

When a knobbed faucet springs a leak – something that happens in the lifetime of most faucets – knobbed faucets take more steps to fix. There are two different handles and the spout. That leaves three different places that can break. 

Plus, knobs usually involve removing a cap from the top of the knob. That means, should your knob get loose from use, tightening it involves finding a small tool to pop the cap off with. Then, you have to use a screwdriver to tighten the screw holding it in place.

However, one of the most frustrating parts of knobbed faucets is how difficult they are to keep sanitary. The many edges and ridges can be hard to adequately wipe down. 

Plus, those same edges and ridges fill with water frequently. Without diligent and effortful cleaning, they will harbor bacteria and, often, grow mold, which is then nearly impossible to remove entirely and is constantly fed by more water.

Continue Reading

Want to know about handled faucets? We’ve got some great information on those too! Check out double-handled faucets and single-handled faucets in our next guide to bathroom faucet design. If you have any questions, feel free to call and ask person to person. We love to hear from our readers!

Common Bathroom Mistakes to Avoid: Part 2

In Part 1, we covered many of the things people flush by mistake. Take a look to make sure you’re not making the same common bathroom mistakes yourself. But, there’s a lot more to avoid than just putting the wrong things down your toilet drain. Next up, we have some things people do that can damage their pipes.

Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are unfortunately common as a quick fix against slow drains. The problem is, they’re shown to have long-term affects on your drain pipes. The chemicals are strong enough that they eat away at the insides of the pipes.

Fixing a slow drain is as simple as removing whatever is blocking it. While that might be hard for a layman to do, it’s something plumbing professionals, like us at POM Plumbing, can do very easily. If it’s not an easy fix, it’s certainly not something that Drano can solve for you.

By using a snake, a drum auger (which is like an industrial snake), and possibly the help of a camera, we can pull out whatever is blocking your drain without damaging your pipes. This is not only better for your plumbing, but a more effective long-term solution as well. 

Plunging Drains

Plungers are great for toilets. Toilets sometimes need a little help when we flush too much toilet paper or waste and it can’t get to the larger part of the pipes with water alone. In this case, using a plunger is helpful and harmless. It simply pushes the clog to the part of the pipes that can handle it and then breaks apart into the smaller parts it’s made of, which is usually all stuff that degrades quickly.

However, using plungers for a sink or tub drain can spell trouble. Why? Well, drains are usually only made to handle water. The pipes are typically a consistently small diameter until they reach a larger part of the sewage system, which is either in your basement or out under the street.

When these drains are clogged, it’s typically because of a buildup. This buildup can either be in one spot or, more commonly, lines the interior of the pipe until it became so narrow that it couldn’t keep up with the flow of water.

In the first case, using a plunger may be able to push the clog further down, but it is not likely to get it all the way out to the larger sewer system – especially if it’s got any gaps for pressure release. Therefore, you’re likely wasting your time and potentially doing harm to pipes from repeatedly pressurizing them.

In the second case, a plunger will do nothing to solve your problem. It will simply pressurize the small amount of space down the middle of the pipe. Repeatedly raising the pressure inside your pipes can lead to cracks or bursts, which can turn into flooding, water damage, and more.

Ignoring Problems

Past creating problems, the worst of common bathroom mistakes that someone can make is actually ignoring the problems. The longer you allow a problem to persist, the worse it will get and the more money, time, and energy you are likely to waste. Instead, call POM Plumbing and let our professionals come help you out. The faster we can come and take care of the problem, the faster you can get back to a higher quality of life.

Common Bathroom Mistakes to Avoid: Part 1

If you want to keep your bathroom fully functional and at peak performance, you’ll want to know these common bathroom mistakes to avoid. We at POM Group have been in the plumbing business for many years. That’s given us a lot of time to see people making the same mistakes over and over again. We want to help our clients avoid those mistakes in their own homes so that they can keep things running smoothly. Here’s what we’ve learned.

Causing Problems

The first thing we should talk about is how people tend to cause problems in their bathrooms. It’s easy to make a mistake that causes lasting issues. We’re going to cover the really common ones. 

Flushing the Wrong Things

In this article, we’ll take a look at all of the things people flush that should actually be put into the trash. More than anything else, one of the leading causes of bathroom mayhem is people’s tendency to flush the wrong things. This happens a lot because of public misinformation or passing along habits from parent to child without realizing they’re problems.

Here are some things you should never flush:

Paper products that aren’t toilet paper

Paper towels, tissues, regular paper, and any other paper product that isn’t toilet paper is not created to degrade the same way as toilet paper. The way these products break down is not sufficient enough to keep them from wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. These products can cause drain clogs, backups, and damage to the larger sewage system – yes, even if you don’t have a septic tank.

Hygiene products

Tampons, pads, liners, makeup wipes, diapers, and baby wipes should never be flushed. Like the paper products mentioned above, they are not meant to degrade fast enough to avoid causing plumbing issues. Plus, someone at a sewage plant has to remove all of that from the sewage.

The two most common of these that get flushed are tampons and baby wipes (or other wet wipes). Tampons are commonly considered flushable by the public, but this misinformation only began because of their size and seeming ability to flush without problem. However, they can cause clogs and they do build up in the sewage system. If the local sewage system has to deal with tens of these a day from all of the locals, they can easily band together to create disaster.

Supposedly “flushable” wipes are not actually flushable. Like tampons, these are only called flushable because they aren’t likely to cause immediate problems upon flushing. That does not mean they aren’t causing issues further down the line. Throw these wipes into a trashcan instead. To avoid putting noticeable amounts of waste into your bathroom trashcan, wipe with toilet paper first and then use wet wipes for further cleanup.

Contaminants

While these items won’t necessarily cause your individual bathroom any problems, they will cause problems in the local water supply. Avoid flushing paint, lubricating oil, and medication. All three of these have to be disposed of in unique ways, none of which involve a toilet. Because these things are made with ingredients that are dangerous to humans, their ability to get into the water supply is also dangerous. Do you really want the local water to absorb prescription drugs? Neither do we.

Absorbent & Expanding

If you want to spell some serious trouble for your own bathroom, rather than the sewage system, just try flushing kitty litter, rice, or other absorbent solids. Kitty litter, rice, and many other things are made to expand when in contact with water. That means, as soon as it goes down your toilet drain, it begins absorbing water. That’s a great way to get one nasty blockage.

More Common Bathroom Mistakes

Ready for the other mistakes you should avoid? Check out Part 2 for more than just flushing the wrong things. If you’ve found your problem, call us and let us know you need some assistance.

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Floors

Cleaning a bathroom comes with many facets. This is a place that involves both waste disposal as well as hygiene. There’s a delicate balance in keeping the facilities for those things well-cleaned. One of the areas of the bathroom that gets regularly neglected is the floor. The fact is, the floor of the bathroom is one of the most important parts to clean adequately. Here are some bathroom cleaning solutions on how to care for it. And, remember, one of the most important times to clean the bathroom floor is after you’ve had plumbing work done.

Why the Floor Matters

You might be wondering why the bathroom floor is one of the most important elements to clean. The reason is, every time you enter the bathroom, any bacteria on the floor gets on your feet. It’s then tracked into the rest of the house when you leave. Your feet don’t just go on the floor either. If you lie down in bed or curl up on the couch, it will be spread to those places too. Plus, the bathroom floor doesn’t just harbor plain bacteria – it usually has fecal particles on it. So, if you don’t want what’s on your bathroom floor to be spread to the rest of the house, you have to clean the bathroom floor adequately.

Your bathroom floor is liable to get bacteria-filled water on it during cleaning. Because of that, it’s best practice to save the floor for last, when using these bathroom cleaning solutions.

Sweeping

Because of the aforementioned spread of bacteria when things contact your bathroom floor, it’s recommended to keep a separate broom for the bathroom floor. Cheap brooms can be bought for only a few dollars. This broom is best stored in a laundry room or other place away from the kitchen, that has hard flooring.

Disinfecting

There are multiple bathroom cleaning solutions you can use when disinfecting your bathroom floors.

Mops

Mops are a classic choice for floor cleaning. If you’re going to use a mop, you’ll want a cleaning solution with antibacterial cleaner in it. The standard way to create this is with a cleaning concentrate, such as what’s offered by Lysol. Simply fill a bucket with a couple gallons of hot water and mix in the necessary amount of cleaning solution. Check individual cleaner labels for the correct amount.

Wet your mop, after sweeping, and mop every part of the floor. Every time you rinse the mop in the bucket, wring it out with your hands or any built on wringer.Ensure, when mopping, that you don’t oversaturate the floor.  Getting the floor very wet will make it take longer to dry and can damage certain types of flooring, such as vinyl tiles, which can lose their adhesion. Then, leave your floor to dry. Once the floor has dried, it is best practice to go over it once more. This will ensure no part of the floor is accidentally neglected.

Because mops aren’t washable in the same way other solutions are, you’ll want to let your mop dry thoroughly and then keep it somewhere with hard floor, like the laundry room. It is also recommended, like the broom, not to use the bathroom mop in the kitchen, unless you want to spread fecal particles on the kitchen floor.

Swiffer Mops

If you prefer to use a Swiffer, or an off-brand version of a Swiffer mop, ensure you use some kind of cleaning solution. A dry Swiffer will not sanitize your floors. Swiffer Wet Jets include a cleaning fluid, and some Swiffer Mops come with wet wipe attachments. The most important part of using a Swiffer for your bathroom is throwing away the wipe attachment when you’re done. Do not use the same wipe in other rooms after using it in the bathroom.

Manual Washing

Alternatively, if you plan to change your clothes and shower after cleaning the bathroom, you can scrub the floor manually. You can use the same kind of solution you would for a mop. When scrubbing the floors manually, it is always recommended to use a cloth or towel rather than a sponge or brush. A cloth or towel is more effective and can be washed in a washing machine to purge it of bacteria and fecal particulates.

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Toilet

If you’re tired of struggling to clean a dirty toilet, and just find it plain unpleasant, this is for you. Part of being plumbers is knowing the ins and outs of bathroom fixtures, including cleaning them. So, if you’re in need of some bathroom cleaning solutions, you’ve come to the right place.

Rubber Gloves

The first thing we want to stress to our readers is the value of using disposable gloves. For many, a large part of what makes toilet cleaning unpleasant is the tightrope of wiping down in corners without getting something gross on your hands. If you’re squeamish about waste, get a box of disposable gloves. They’re easy to store under the sink and you can throw them away when you’re done using them.

Eco Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Solutions

Even better is getting rubber gloves you can reuse. Thicker, more durable rubber gloves can be bought in most stores with cleaning supplies. When you’re done with them, simply wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap while still wearing them. Then, when you take them off, ensure they’re right side out and let them dry by the sink before storing them for the next cleaning session.

Soaking Cleaner

For the toilet bowl, instead of scrubbing until your arm is aching, get yourself a soaking toilet bowl cleaner. These usually come in a blue color, in bottles shaped to reach under the toilet rim. You simply untwist the top, flip it upside down, and squeeze lightly while rotating it under the edge of the toilet. The cleaner then runs from just under the rim, all the way down each side of the toilet bowl.

If you make this one of your first steps in the bathroom cleaning process, perhaps right after turning the water on to soak the bathtub, the grime in the toilet will be much more willing to come off by the time you begin scrubbing it. Plus, these cleaners don’t just make grime easier to remove, they sanitize the bowl.

Ditch the Wet Wipes

For the exterior of the toilet, many people use antibacterial wet wipes, such as those from Lysol. While these aren’t inherently bad for cleaning, they are not the easiest method. Here’s why:

  1. With no time to soak in anything, anything dried onto the outside of your toilet will require scrubbing. Wet wipes are not very thick or chemically powerful, which makes them mediocre, at best, when it comes to scrubbing.
  2. Because wet wipes are so damp, they’re hard to pick things up with. If you tend to get hair collecting on your toilet and you use wet wipes, you know what I mean. Trying to wipe up hairs ends up just moving them around. They don’t really like to stick to the wipes.
  3. Wet wipes are not biodegradable, which means more waste.

Foaming Spray

In terms of better bathroom cleaning solutions for the exterior of the toilet, using a foaming spray with paper towels is peak among them. Foaming sprays can be sprayed on at the start of your cleaning session and left to sit. They will loosen grime and sanitize the surface of the toilet. 

Once your foaming spray has had time to sit, use paper towels to wipe the toilet clean. Paper towels, because they’re dry and have a different texture than wipes, are better at picking up particulates. Things like hairs stick to paper towels better. Plus, they’re biodegradable, so throwing them out is guilt free.

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Sink

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Sink

During our last article, we discussed bathroom cleaning solutions for your bathtub and how to make bathtub cleaning less physically demanding. Now, we’re on to the sink. Not only the basin of the sink, but the counter and faucet, can be difficult to get clean. Here’s how you can limit the amount of effort it takes to clean your sink.

Sink Difficulties

Sinks can be really difficult to get clean. This is especially true if your water is hard and leads to mineral buildup. Mineral buildup can get in the cracks around the drain, in corners around the faucet, and the edge where the sink basin meets the counter. Plus, if your sink is used frequently, water droplets on the counter may not have time to dry and can lead to the counter getting a mineral film on it. A household with many people sharing the same sink exacerbates this problem.

Choose the Right Cleaners

The first step to cleaning your sink effectively is choosing the right cleaners. This is especially true if you grew up in a different part of the country or world. Weirdly enough, bathroom cleaning solutions vary widely depending on where you are. This is primarily because of the type of things in the water. 

If you grew up somewhere where there are no minerals in the water, you may be finding it difficult to clean now that minerals are present. If you grew up without minerals in the water, you may not even know there are cleaners specifically for this. Make sure you’ve gotten cleaners made specifically for the type of minerals you’re dealing with. If you’re not sure what’s in the water, a Google search regarding water for your area might yield some results. If not, search the appearance of the buildup and you will likely find some answers. Plus, if you can’t find what you need in stores, you can buy them online.

Soak

To make cleaning easier, plugging your sink and filling it with water, as hot as it goes, and letting it sit for 30 minutes will help. This soak will soften anything stuck to the sink basin. You can also include bleach or a concentrated chemical cleaner in the soak.

Do no mix cleaners with bleach. Choose one or the other. Mixing chemicals, especially with bleach, can lead to hazardous and deadly chemical reactions. These reactions may be gas-producing, which may go unnoticed until it’s already affecting you.

Scrub down the sink basin with the rough side of a sponge after you’ve drained it. Scrubbing should be significantly easier after the soak.

Countertops

Countertops are a bit more complex to prep for cleaning, as they can’t be filled with water. Luckily, we have invented foaming sprays and powders that can clean them very effectively. Sprinkling some of these chemical powders on the surface and then spreading it around with a wet sponge is a great start. Or, if spray is your preference, spray on a foaming spray and let it sit. Both of these, after ten minutes or so, can be wiped away along with the grime on the counter, with minimal scrubbing.

Drains

If you have grime buildup around the seam of a drain, it can be really hard to clean with a brush or sponge. Instead, try pouring a bit of concentrated cleaner directly around the seam of the drain. This probably won’t be necessary every time you clean the sink, so it’s worth the extra pour of cleaner. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then return to it with hot water, the rough side of a sponge, and some determination. Toothpicks are also useful if you need something to scrape at it with. Combining these methods can give you a sink that’s sparkling like new.

Sink Maintenance

Bathroom cleaning solutions are easy to put into action yourself. However, if your sink is having trouble draining, leave the maintenance aspect to the professionals. Chemical drain cleaners can corrode your pipes and cause bigger issues down the line. Instead, give us a call if you need more than a little scrub down. POM Plumbing is here to help.

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Tub

Ingenious Bathroom Cleaning Solutions: The Tub

Most of us have a set way that we clean our bathrooms. It might be due to the way we were taught, growing up, or it might be something we’ve figured out for ourselves. Either way, it usually involves cleaners we’re familiar with and methods that are obvious. However, not all cleaning solutions are obvious. Let’s check out some ingenious bathroom cleaning solutions that will make your life easier.

Work Smarter

– not harder. As the saying goes, the most effective methods are not always the ones that involve more work. That distinction is important to many of us! Whether you’re disabled, have put too much stress on your body while cleaning in the past, or want to avoid doing so in the future, this list is for you. These methods may not be the fastest, but they will cut down on the amount of effort required.

Bathtub Cleaning

Cleaning a bathtub is one of the most physically demanding parts of cleaning a bathroom. This is especially true if you only do it every month or so, as needed. Bathtubs build up grime slowly. However, over time, you may notice mold, dirt buildup, or mineral buildup that requires extensive scrubbing. Even with chemical cleaners, this is hard work.

Soak It

To make this process easier, soak your tub the way you would soak dirty dishes with food stuck to them. Before cleaning, turn the hot water on to as hot as it can go and fill the tub. Then, let it sit for thirty minutes. This will only soak the tub as high as the overflow drain, but that can make all the difference.

Chemical Advantages

If you want to make this even more effective, pour in a cup of bleach before filling it. For bathtubs with mineral buildup, include half a cup of a concentrated mineral removal cleaner*. Ensure, before doing this, that the cleaner does not prohibit mixture with hot water on the label, as this could nullify its effectiveness or react. 

*Do no mix cleaners with bleach. Choose one or the other. Mixing chemicals, especially with bleach, can lead to hazardous and deadly chemical reactions. These reactions may be gas-producing, which may go unnoticed until it’s already affecting you.

Effect

Once your bathtub has soaked in hot water, with or without cleaners mixed in, pull the plug and let it drain. Be sure to wash your hands off immediately after unplugging the tub, if reaching into chemical water.

The hot water, and any included cleaners, will have softened any buildup on the inside of the tub, or removed some of it altogether. From there, immediately after draining, use the rough side of a sponge to scrub at the inside of the tub. Some cleaner (of the same type you already used, or if you didn’t use any) may be necessary. A quick once-over of the entire tub is wise, though you may only need to give focused attention to areas that are visibly dirty. These areas should be significantly easier to scrub clean than usual. Then, simply rinse your tub thoroughly with hot water to clear away any remaining chemicals.

Tub Maintenance

If your tub is in need of replacement or your drain is not draining, you may need a visit from the professionals. Cleaning is great for DIY but, when you need maintenance help, the professionals at POM Plumbing are here to help. Call us today if you need assistance. For more ingenious bathroom cleaning solutions, check out our blog!

Replace Outdated Plumbing Before It Breaks

Replace Outdated Plumbing Before It Breaks

Plumbing is one of those things that we tend to forget we have. We’ve grown so used to always having running water, a functional shower, and a toilet that we only remember how important they are when they stop working. Instead of waiting for your plumbing to stop working, the experts at POM Plumbing encourage you to replace outdated plumbing before it breaks. If you aren’t sure this applies to you, take a look at the following.

How Old is Your Plumbing?

Wondering if you need to replace outdated plumbing? The first step is to figure out how old your plumbing is. Plumbing is set to last somewhere between 70 and 100 years. It’s around the 60 year mark that major problems begin cropping up. The kind of problems that come from outdated plumbing are not just simple clogs and bad water pressure, though those are on the list. Outdated plumbing can lead to pipe bursts, flooding, mold problems, and an overall decline in your home’s interior and value.

Many people live in older houses and forget that the plumbing won’t last forever. New homes don’t pose much risk with their plumbing. However, if you live in a home you bought used, you should check into what year it was built in. A lot of people think of an old home as something that was built in the 19th century. However, for a home to have outdated pipes, it only has to have been built around 1950. If your plumbing is nearing 70 years old, it’s time to replace it.

Younger Outdated Pipes

The truth is, some pipes that were put in even more recently – say, in the 80s – can also be outdated despite only being 40 years old. Plumbing standards and regulations have changed a lot over the years. That can mean that your plumbing is not functional in the way it should be even if they’re more recent.

For instance, a common issue is that drain pipes put in in the 20th century were made for a lower water volume. They may have been efficient when they were installed, but can’t keep up with modern water volumes. This can lead to water pooling in the tub or shower while you use it. It can lead to toilets not flushing properly or backing up. Even though your 40-year-old pipes may not be breaking from age, they are no longer doing their job.

Replace Outdated Plumbing

If your plumbing is no longer doing its job, it’s time to call in the professionals. Call us today if you need a professional plumber to come check out your plumbing. We can give you a quote on plumbing replacement and then get to work as soon as you need. We look forward to serving you and bringing your home back to its full, functional potential.