Category Archives: garbage disposals

It’s Olaf Weather!

And only Olaf appreciates it – or maybe Frosty the Snowman.  You know Frosty, but who is Olaf?  If you don’t know who Olaf is, you haven’t seen Frozen a thousand times like other parents and grandparents.  Olaf and Frosty enjoy the cold; but exterior faucets don’t.  It’s time, or past time, to put those faucets to bed for the winter.

May we suggest doing the following:  disconnect the hose from the exterior faucet and then allow the hose to drain before putting it away in the garage or shed.  Leaving the hose connected to the exterior faucet could allow water to collect in the pipe going to the faucet; that water could then freeze, and thaw potentially causing the piping to burst and flood your home.  Once the hose is disconnected open the faucet and allow the pipe to drain before shutting it off.  One further step would be to purchase a foam cover for the faucet (found at any box or hardware store); that will help to insulate it from the cold.

Hopefully taking these steps will prevent a call to Aaron Kramer Plumbing in the spring with a leaking exterior faucet and a burst pipe.  But, just in case – our phone number is 937-898-0008.  We suggest keeping it handy because we repair or replace more than just exterior faucets and burst pipes.  There are toilets, garbage disposals, sump pumps, etc – you get my drift (snow drift – where you’ll find Olaf and Frosty.  Couldn’t resist.)

DO’S, DON’TS, NEVERS AND CHUCKLES

DO’S, DON’TS, NEVERS AND CHUCKLES   – Second Edition

Just a few more random thoughts from your plumber’s secretary.  (If we aren’t your plumber, you don’t have to read this; but, on second thought, maybe your plumber doesn’t offer such enlightening information.  So, go ahead and read it.)

  1. Never put a broom handle (yes, you read that right) or any other object into a jammed disposal to try and unjam it. You will be calling us.
  1. Don’t let toilets ‘run’ or faucets drip unless you like paying high water bills. The water company thanks you.
  1. Don’t buy universal parts for the plumber to use for a repair. There is a good possibility it won’t work; so let the plumber supply the correct parts and save yourself a return trip to the store.  Keep that receipt!
  1. Don’t use hangers or other objects to try and clear a drain. Poking a hole or damaging the pipe has just increased the cost of repairs, to say nothing of the clean up under the sink.  We don’t do that.
  1. Do listen to the advice of your plumber – not Uncle George, Grandpa, your neighbor or the guy selling you parts at the box store. Are any of these people licensed plumbers?  Probably not; however, we are.

With sincerity and a few chuckles,

The Plumber’s Secretary

By the way, look for the final edition of ‘Do’s, Don’ts, Nevers, and Chuckles’ from the ‘enlightened’ plumber’s secretary!