Never Use Drano

Never Use Drano

Most homeowners don’t understand why they should never use Drano to clear a clogged drain. It’s been on grocery store shelves since 1923, when it came out in a crystal form. It sounds like the perfect product to unclog a sink or tub that won’t drain. But, as with many quick fixes, there can be a price to pay. Keep reading for valuable information before you run to the grocery store to buy Drano. DIY Ways To Unclog Drains If you are a person that regularly tackles DIY projects, you have a few options before calling the professionals. If you already have one in your garage, you can try your hand at a plumbing snake. A plunger is another option for pushing the debris clogging your drain through the system. If the same drain continues to have problems, it’s time to call a licensed plumbing contractor. For slow-moving drains, pour a generous amount of baking soda in the drain after it’s clear of the water. Follow that with white wine vinegar, and it will fizz up. After roughly 15 to 20 minutes, run piping hot water, and you’ll know if it worked successfully. Although Drano is tempting, it’s not in

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Dynamic Air Filtration

Dynamic Air Filtration

Dynamic Air Filtration brings exceptional indoor air quality, or IAQ, to your home. Clean air is key to your and your family’s health. Your central heating and cooling system can only do its job correctly if you service it regularly. Changing the filter is one thing, but there are numerous components to an HVAC unit. Having a professional service the unit and help bring the cleanest air possible into your home is essential. Abend Services has been in business since 1952. They have your best interests at heart. Call and schedule maintenance and determine if Dynamic Air Filtration is right for you. Dynamic Vs. Other Filters Dynamic Air Filters remove submicron particles and persistent, nasty odors. These particles can wreak havoc on people with asthma or allergy problems. When we think of clean air, most of us think of the particles we can see. The dust on the table, or the smoke coming in the window from the BBQ, is in the air. But, the particles that Dynamic Air Filters capture are so minuscule we didn’t even know they existed years ago. However, your bloodstream and lungs do know they exist and can be affected by them. Dynamic Filters capture

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Navien Water Heater Installation

Navien Water Heater Installation

Navien’s tankless, on-demand water heaters are some of the most respected in the industry. Navien’s excellent reputation is measurable, with roughly only 2% of units returned worldwide. Abend Services is certified to install and maintain Navien on-demand water heaters. Navien has been in business since 2002. You save money by having on-demand hot water. Owning a Navien tankless on-demand unit lasts far longer than traditional hot water heaters. Call Abend Services now and start saving money. Abend is grateful for the opportunity to take care of your plumbing and heating needs. They stake their reputation on your satisfaction. Benefits Of On Demand Water Heater The benefits of a tankless, on-demand water heater cover a lot of bases. The unit is much more compact than traditional water heaters that take up an entire closet. They can be wall-mounted and fit in much smaller spaces. Navien on-demand water heaters only heat water when you need it. Traditional water heaters come in different capacities. The amount of water they hold stays hot all the time. That uses a lot of energy when no one uses the water while at work or school. And, if someone in your house likes exceptionally long showers, the

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Improving Water Pressure

Improving Water Pressure

Improving water pressure in your home can be challenging. Numerous factors contribute to low water pressure. The pipes might be the problem in an older home whose owner hasn’t upgraded the plumbing since it was built. Municipal water systems vary and could be contributing to low water pressure. There are easy and inexpensive ways to increase water pressure in your outdoor watering system and your home. Getting a professional opinion is in your best interest. Highly corroded or leaking pipes can diminish water pressure. These signs are often invisible to the untrained eye. Call Abend Services for an inspection of your plumbing and ideas about improving water pressure. Identifying The Cause Of Low Water Pressure Identifying the cause of low water pressure is easier said than done. Numerous factors contribute to your water flowing at a lesser rate. Very old pipes corrode over the years. That discourages the water flow. A licensed plumbing contractor can evaluate your entire system and give educated, professional recommendations to correct the problem. Every system in your home has a lifespan. Plumbing is no different. Replacing old pipes can improve the water pressure and deliver higher-quality water to your house. Old corroded pipes impede water

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Reduce Water Usage At Home

Reduce Water Usage At Home

There are numerous ways you can reduce water usage in your home. When the local government turns off the water to your house to make municipal repairs or after a horrific storm, you gain a new perspective. Daily water usage at your home can be decreased by making minor adjustments. Get the whole family on board, and you’ll also see your water bill go down. Abend Services can assist with some plumbing hardware, fixtures, and landscaping irrigation. Helping the environment and saving money by reducing water usage is a win-win for everyone. Indoor Plumbing Attachments To Save Water If your home is relatively new, the contractor may have installed water aerators on the faucets. Aerators can reduce the water flow from two and a half gallons per minute to around one-half a gallon. This fix will go unnoticed by almost everyone in the house except whoever pays the bills. Abend Services can install a tankless water heater to help reduce water usage. New eco toilets use as little as 1.28 gallons vs. 7 gallons per flush in older models. Changing your shower head to lower flow may not be popular, but environmentally and fiscally, it’s a good idea. Easy Ways

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Are Flushable Wipes Safe?

Are Flushable Wipes Safe?

Are you wondering if flushable wipes are safe for your plumbing? Do you flush paper towels and baby wipes down the toilet? The recent work-from-home years have wreaked havoc on our sewer and septic systems. The general population has grown increasingly germ-phobic and uses more sanitation products than ever. The label says, “Flushable Wipes.” It would stand to reason that you can flush the product down your toilet without problems. Plumbers and municipal sewer personnel strongly disagree. Flushable wipes are wreaking havoc on residential and municipal systems. Toilet paper is the only product you should put into your plumbing system if you want to avoid clogs. A homeowner can avoid costly plumbing repairs by putting all other products in a garbage bin. Call Abend Services if you tried to unclog the toilet to no avail. We’re licensed professionals who can take care of your plumbing. We’ll get you up and running in no time. Flushable Wipes VS Toilet Paper Everyone wants to feel clean after a trip to the restroom. You also want your plumbing to run smoothly and be clog-free. Most people agree that plumbing water of any sort that’s backed up into your home is a nightmare. Companies

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Burying Your Gutter Downspouts

Burying Your Gutter Downspouts

Are you considering burying your gutter downspouts? There are multiple reasons people want the downspout buried. Downspouts aren’t the most attractive feature of your home. They are necessary to keep water away from your foundation or from entering your basement. If you are looking for a professional recommendation, call Abend Services. They have the skills and expertise with 36 years of combined experience. Abend technicians can take care of any issues concerning water and keep your home in excellent condition. Pros To Burying Gutter Downspouts If you don’t want to look at your downspouts, digging a trench and submerging it will keep it out of sight. Typically builders bury gutter downspouts for attractiveness. The trench must be deep enough and have a slight downward slope. A proper drop in elevation will ensure the water drains away from the house and foundation. Preferably the water will run to the street or municipal sewer system. Underground gutter downspouts are an effective alternative if you are concerned about the aesthetics of your landscape. It’s worth consulting a licensed professional to keep water away from your foundation or basement. Cons to Underground Downspouts The biggest con to underground downspouts is the maintenance. Homeowners forget

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What Causes A Slow Drain?

What Causes A Slow Drain?

A slow drain may be easy to fix at home or a serious problem only the professionals can fix. Before you decide who should fix it, you must first figure out the problem’s source. Have you been dealing with slow drains in your house? Let’s identify what might be causing it. Then we can provide solutions to your drainage problem. What Causes A Slow Drain? Everyday uses commonly cause a slow drain, but not always. Over time, things can build up, narrowing the flow and causing your drain to empty slower and slower. Before you know it, you’re standing in an inch of water in the shower or looking at a soap-filled sink that refuses to drain. Common causes of drain buildup include: Hair Shaving cream and hair trimmings mixed Soap scum Toothpaste Food debris Grease Oil and fats Clothes fibers can also cause problems in your washing machine over time. So can putting items down the toilet that never should be there, like wet wipes, too much toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, cat litter, cotton swabs, and other bathroom products. How To DIY Fix Your Slow Drain There are a few simple things you can DIY at home to

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Installing a Natural Gas Line In Your Home

Installing a Natural Gas Line In Your Home

Have you been wondering what it could take to install a natural gas line in your home and if it’s worth it? Natural gas is just another way to heat your home and run your appliances here in Maryland. While it has benefits, natural gas is not always the best solution for everyone. Benefits Of Installing A Natural Gas Line In Your Home Consider the benefits of installing a natural gas line in your home, which can run some, but not all, appliances. Natural Gas Is Cheaper Although not cheaper everywhere, natural gas is a more inexpensive resource than electricity in Maryland. And since you can choose your own supplier thanks to deregulation, you could save a chunk of money on your electricity bill by installing a gas line. Natural Gas Is Easy To Install Although installing natural gas lines in a home that doesn’t already have them isn’t a job for a novice, it’s easy for a professional. Americans have used natural gas for over 100 years, so many contractors know how to install a natural gas line in a Maryland home. Make sure you use a qualified professional for a gas line installation. Natural Gas Can Be Stored

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Toilet Trouble: When To Call A Plumber

Toilet Trouble: When To Call A Plumber

Are you having toilet trouble? Are you unsure if it’s time to call a plumber? At Abend Plumbing & Heating, we’re no stranger to toilet problems. Here are some of the most common toilet issues people face and advice on whether you should call a plumber to fix them. If you prefer to leave the discovery and correction of your toilet trouble to a licensed professional, call Abend Plumbing and Heating now. We’ll take care of your plumbing problems, so you don’t have to. Toilet Won’t Stop Running If your toilet doesn’t stop running, you’ve probably tried jiggling the handle. This time-tested solution might work. The most common problem is the toilet chain. Take the lid off the toilet tank. Check to see if the flapper completely covers the hole in the bottom. If not, then your chain likely isn’t long enough. Remove the chain from the handle and reattach it to a different loop to make it longer. Another potential issue is a rubber diaphragm seal that won’t seat correctly. If lengthening the chain doesn’t work, call a licensed professional plumber. Slow Filling Tank If you’ve noticed your toilet takes a long time to refill, there could be a

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