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    Get More Residential Plumbing Tips and Tricks By Clicking On These Great Resources

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you found our recent blog posts interesting, explore the information provided below. These links contain useful information about appliance maintenance and plumbing repair that can help you save money. To schedule professional plumbing services, from water heater replacement to sump pump repair, call Courtesy Plumbing at (630) 812-0015.

    Tips for Using a Garbage Disposal Effectively and Safely

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Of all the household chores families have to take care of night after night, washing the dishes is probably the least popular. Fortunately, modern kitchen appliances like the garbage disposal have made the job significantly easier. A functional garbage disposal can help you keep your sink free of clogs and wash dishes faster. Unfortunately, many people remain unaware of how to use a garbage disposal properly and end up incurring expensive plumbing repairs. Here are some tips for using a garbage disposal effectively and safely:

    • Watch What You Dispose
    Many people are tempted to simply use their garbage disposals as second trash cans. However, using your garbage disposal to get rid of certain types of food waste and grease, for example, can lead to serious damage and high repair costs. When it comes to food waste, it is important to avoid dumping large pieces of food into your garbage disposal. Furthermore, you should wipe your dishes clean of grease before you put them in the sink. Finally, avoid dumping particularly fibrous foods in the sink, as they can damage your garbage disposal and form clogs. Use the garbage disposal to dispose of only small pieces of food waste, and do so slowly.

    • Run Water
    Before you even turn on your garbage disposal, be sure to turn on your faucet and allow cold water to run through the drain for a few seconds. In addition, you should leave the faucet on as you are operating your garbage disposal. The running water will help to dislodge any pieces of food in the disposal, helping to prevent clogs.

    • Keep Hands Clear
    Although this may seem obvious, it is critical to keep your hands away from the drain while you are running your garbage disposal. Because your garbage disposal uses a swift, rotating blade in order to break up and drain food particles, placing your hand inside the drain to retrieve a utensil, for example, can result in injury.

    Failing to use your garbage disposal safely and effectively can result in expensive repairs and clogs. Disregarding good garbage disposal habits can significantly decrease the lifespan of the appliance, forcing you to prematurely replace it. To schedule repair of your garbage disposal or other plumbing systems, call Courtesy Plumbing at (630) 812-0015. Our professional plumbers can help you learn how to use your appliances properly.

    How to Use a Plunger the Right Way

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Chances are you’ve used a plunger before! However, there are many different kinds of plungers, and understanding how to use each one can help you prevent more serious plumbing problems.

    In this video, you will learn how to use a plunger the right way. There are two basic types of plunger. The sink plunger has a flat rim that is meant to fit over sink or bathtub drains. To use a sink plunger, first cover up the overflow hole in the sink or bathtub with a wet cloth. Then, seal the plunger over the drain hole. Finally, apply force to the plunger to unclog the drain. Unlike sink plungers, toilet plungers have flanges that extend out from the rim. This helps create a seal around your toilet’s drain. Once you’ve created the seal, apply various amounts of force to the plunger. Then, flush the toilet to make sure the drain has cleared.

    If you have a stubborn clog that the plunger can’t tackle, call Courtesy Plumbing at (877) 758-6448. Our family-owned company has been serving your neighborhood for nearly 40 years!

    Why Water Heaters Lose Their Efficiency Over Time

    Last updated 5 years ago

    It’s hard to imagine life without a working water heater. Between washing the dishes, cleaning clothes, and running hot showers, water heaters are constantly in use. For this reason, it is imperative to ensure that your water heater is well maintained. Heavy use of a water heater over time can actually lead to a decrease in efficiency, lessening your ability to get hot water when you need it and even potentially increasing energy costs. Here are some ways in which water heaters can lose their efficiency over time and when water heater replacement may be necessary:

    • Sediment Buildup
    When water is heated, a number of materials can be left behind in your water heater’s tank. This includes minerals, rust, and sediments. Without proper maintenance, the sediment from your water supply can build up in your water heater, eventually clogging pipes. When the pipes of your water heater become clogged, you can encounter a dramatic decrease in efficiency. Sediment can also impede the heat transfer process, forcing your water heater to work harder.

    • Leaks
    In addition to sediment buildup, your water heater can develop leaks over time. Leaks are particularly dangerous for a few reasons. While they can certainly decrease your water pressure and compromise your water heater’s efficiency, leaks can also lead to property damage. It’s not uncommon for rust to corrode a water heater’s tank and cause leaks.

    If you remember to replace your water heater’s sacrificial anode as recommended—anywhere from every five to 10 years—you can decrease sediment buildup and rust, thereby extending the appliance’s useful life.

    Don’t let your old water heater cost you this winter. To have your water heater maintained or replaced, call Courtesy Plumbing at (877) 758-6448.We are a family-owned plumbing service and we pride ourselves on our reliable 24-hour service and commitment to customer satisfaction. We understand that plumbing problems can strike at any time, which is why our professional staff is always ready to provide plumbing expertise and assistance. 

    Find Out More About Sewer Repair And How A Plumber Can Help You When You Visit These Links

    Last updated 5 years ago

    A little information goes a long way when it comes to your plumbing system and sewer line. Take advantage of the information found in these links to get a better understanding of trenchless sewer line repairs, sewer problems, and maintaining your plumbing fixtures.

    • What’s the big deal about trenchless sewer line repair? For one, it can save your yard from a lot of damage. Learn about one woman’s experience with trenchless technology by reading this article from Angie’s List.
    • Hire a professional plumber from Courtesy Plumbing to get the job done right. This article from explains why hiring a professional plumber is so important.
    • Did you know that your drains may be trying to tell you something about your sewer line? Check out this article from to learn about sewer problem sounds.
    • With a little sump pump maintenance, your pump will last longer. Learn about sump pump maintenance by reading this article from
    • If you want to keep your garbage disposal working, read about things you should never put down the drain in this article from The Huffington Post.

    Courtesy Plumbing offers sump pump services, sewer rodding, sewer line repairs, water heater replacement, and other plumbing services in Aurora. Give us a call at (877) 758-6448 the next time you need help.

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