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 Plumbing 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

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 Plumbing. 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?

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

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

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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The Main Water Shutoff Valve?

Knowing the answer to “Where is my main water shutoff valve?” before a potential water disaster occurs is essential for renters and homeowners. Call Abend Plumbing & Heating in Baltimore, Maryland. We’re here to answer some common questions, so you’re prepared if you spring a leak in your home. What Is The Main Water Shutoff Valve? The main water valve is the pipe connecting your home’s water supply to the city water line. The shutoff valve is the fixture that controls the flow of water. No water comes into your home’s water pipes when it’s off. When the shutoff valve is on, water flows from the municipality’s public water supply into your home. You also have little water shutoff valves under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilets, and washing machines. After you’ve located the main water shutoff, you should be able to identify the smaller shutoff valves for your other fixtures quickly. Where Is Your Main Water Shutoff Valve? The main water shutoff valve will be located along the perimeter of your home and should be on the street-facing side of your home. The water main from the public water supply comes from under the street and branches off to

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Do You Need a Sump Pump?

As a homeowner, one of the last things you want to experience is stepping off your stairs into a flooded basement. Rising waters from heavy rains can saturate the land, causing expensive structural damage to your home. One way to combat a flooded basement is with a sump pump. What is a Sump Pump? A sump pump removes water in your basement outside the home to prevent interior flooding. The system sits inside a pit or basin, which is typically a hole set into the basement floor. Valves attached to the pump detect high water levels or pressure that fill the basin. Once the water or pressure gets too high, the system pumps out excess water through a discharge line called an effluent. How Does it Work? A sump pump recognizes high water levels in the basin, which then pumps the water away from the home through the effluent. The switch will automatically trigger once the water gets too high, pumping the water through the discharge pipe and away from the foundation. Ideally, the drainage area will be 15 to 20 feet from the foundation, draining into a creek, pond, dry well, or neighborhood drain. You may need to attach

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ABS Pipes vs. PVC Pipes?

The two most common types of plastic pipes are ABS and PVC piping. What’s the difference, and which is better? Plastic pipes are preferred for home plumbing projects, especially when replacing old metal or cast iron pipes. They’re cheap, lightweight, and won’t corrode like metal or iron pipes. You also don’t have to worry about collecting condensation when cold water is flowing as you do with metal pipes. And when you’re running the hot water, plastic pipes keep it hot without affecting the piping. ABS vs. PVC Pipes Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes are the go-to solutions for plumbers. They both have similar costs, but some fundamental differences between the two types of plastic pipes may help you decide. Color and Composition It’s easy to tell ABS pipes from PVC pipes. ABS pipes are black, while PVC pipes are white. They’re both made of plastic, but one key difference is that they make ABS pipes with BPA, or Bisphenol-A. Many plastic manufacturers use BPA, especially to make food and water containers. Although there is no hard evidence that BPA is a risk to humans, some studies suggest it could cause potential hormonal or neurological effects

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Sewer Replacement

If you suspect sewer replacement is looming over your household, take a deep breath. How will you know you need a sewer replacement? There are indicators to look for, or you may have noticed several telltale signs. Don’t wait to correct sewer damage, or you could have many problems rear their ugly heads. Your best course of action is to give Abend Plumbing and Heating a call so you can have a professional technician evaluate your property. Signs that You Have a Sewer Leak There are many signs that you need a sewer replacement. Some are more subtle than others. Clogged drains or drains that are backing up sewage into your home are problems that are hard to ignore. You may just need the pipes cleaned. Having annual maintenance to keep your lines clear is something to put on your calendar. If you find you need the pipes cleared more often, there is a problem you need to address. Strange or unpleasant odors may indicate sewage backup. If your lawn has a sinkhole that was previously level, you might have a crack in the sewer line. The damage won’t fill in with dirt. It will just keep pulling more dirt

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Halo Water Filtration

If you’re considering a whole-house Halo water filtration system, you’ve come to the right place. Abend Plumbing and Heating has the answers to all your questions. Do you have a refrigerator water filter on the dispenser for ice and water? When the red light indicates you need to replace the filter, how long does it take to remember? We have all looked at that light, meant to make a note to replace it, and forgot. It’s not the end of the world if you’re drinking municipal or well water. But having a whole house water filter is a game-changer. Never having to change a filter is a huge bonus. Halo Water Filtration for Your Whole House When considering water filtration, there are several approaches. Some people think you only need filtered water at the kitchen sink and in the refrigerator. While this is top of mind, consider the benefits of having a Halo water filtration system for the entire house. Sparkling water servicing your water heater will save on the build-up that can require maintenance to keep the water heater functioning properly. The same is true for the laundry machine. Most of us never give that a second thought. With

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