Plumbing Services – Garbage Disposal Repair

In this post, we’re going to go over how to troubleshoot your own garbage disposal. If you’re tight on cash or are willing to put up with the train noise that your current disposal makes but it’s not working, here’s a few steps you can attempt to fix your disposal. The most common issue is when you turn on the garbage disposal but it doesn’t work.plumber san antonio

The first thing to do is turn your disposal off and look down the drain into the disposer with a flashlight to see if there is any debris blocking the food waste unit from working correctly. Some common items that end up in the disposer are forks, spoons, knives, sponges, and hardened food debris. If you notice there is a large item in your disposer, use pliers or tongs to remove the item but please be sure that there is no power applied to the unit.

If the problem isn’t debris in the unit, it could be that the breaker has been tripped. Most disposals have a red button on the bottom that you can press to reset the breaker. It’s also a good idea to check the main breaker at your electrical panel in your home (normally in the garage or a closet).

Finally, the problem could be that the disposer is “gunked up”. To fix this problem, utilize a screwdriver and turn the blades by accessing the screw port on the bottom of the unit. Some units require a “jam buster wrench” to turn the hex receptacle on the bottom of the receptacle if a screwdriver is incompatible. Once you have access to the jam buster access, simply turn the disposal manually a few times and it is spinning freely. When you’re done, be sure to remove the wrench from the disposal.

Hopefully, this has helped you troubleshoot your disposel. If it’s time for a new disposer, check our website reviews to find the best garbage disposal for your family or business.


Does your Child need an Orthodontist

Top things to look for to see if your child needs orthodontic treatment.

Family Dental Care: Helping everyone.

As a parent, you are always going to be concerned about the health of your children. You are always going to wonder about their health and wonder if you are doing all that you can to help take good care of them as well as instill in them good habits so that years down the road, they will still be as healthy and happy as they were when they were in your care. Part of this process is paying close attention to the oral and dental health of your children.Child orthodontics
While this may seem like a secondary part of the treatment that your children need, it really is one of the most vital aspects of his or her health. Without this good oral hygiene, your child will end up with orthodontic and other health problems down the road simply because he or she was not taught from the start to value the quality and health of his or her teeth.

Something that you can do as a parent to help instill good dental hygiene in your children from a young age is to be thoughtful about the way you talk about dental hygiene and to pay close attention to their dental issues from an early age on. If you take preventative action with your kids, their orthodontic health will be better in the long run and they will value their teeth more than if you ignore them. Here are some things to keep an eye out for in the early years of your child’s dental development in order to ensure that their teeth are in the best shape possible once they get older:dental braces

1. Early or late baby teeth loss: If your child’s baby teeth stay in a bit too long or come out a bit too early, that might be indicative of an orthodontic issue in later years. For example, if their adult teeth grow in behind their baby teeth, perhaps there are some other issues that are present. Maybe they lack the adult teeth to replace the baby teeth. Regardless, visiting an orthodontist to determine the issue is important.

2. Bad habits: If your child has acquired some bad habits in their early years, these issues can either be compensating for an orthodontic issue or causing one. For example, if your child sucks his or her thumb, you should visit the orthodontist to see if this has cause jaw line damage that can still be reversed. If your child constantly pops his or her jaw or the jaw makes sounds when opening and closing, this is also cause for concern and orthodontic action.braces

3. Crowded teeth: If you the teeth in your child’s mouth look crowded, as if there is not enough room in their mouth for all of their teeth, then you likely have an orthodontic problem on your hands. Additionally, if their teeth are placed in strange ways or are blackened or dead, then you should visit an orthodontist to determine how best to approach your child’s orthodontic needs. By taking action early on, you can help take care of your child’s oral health for the long term! see our Facebook here

Sales are up for the fist time in 2 years

This does not mean that prices are climbing: although in some areas, there have been very small increases in the past few months. Rather, the increase of demand for homes in the spring market this year has caused inventory of residential properties to move at a faster rate and greater volume than in previous months.

What does this mean for the average seller? Well, a seller can expect more buyers through their door right now than they would have seen in January or February.

This can and -in many cases- does translate into a faster sale. Since less days on the market means less negotiation power for buyers (particularly in traditional sales), sellers are generally taking less of a reduction in price in order to get their homes sold.

Interest rates still fantastic!:

Even though rates climbed back into the 5% range this week, these rates are still at historic lows. In December and January, we saw rates at this same level, and it was the beginning of a nice up-tick in sales in our region.

If rates stay low, we may see an extension of the Spring market into the summer as buyers -many of whom are first-timers- continue to jump into the market.

Since first time buyers oftentimes are not yet parents; parents tend to purchase before the summer months; they should be more apt to buy when others are on family vacations or worrying about getting ready for the new school year.

8K First time homebuyer incentive drives sales:

Speaking of first-time buyers, the incentive set forth by the Obama plan has had tangible results in the first-time homebuyer market. This stimulus allows first time homebuyers (loosely defined) to receive a tax credit of $8,000 if they purchase before Dec.1 of this year.

The overwhelming majority of the activity in the marketplace has been at the range most affordable for this demographic: the 100, 200 and 300K range. The feeling of most first -time buyers is that the market has corrected significantly enough that even if it slides down more, the rates are too good to turn down right now, and the remaining correction left in the market will not be as steep as the losses already incurred by the people who are selling today.

Foreclosures are still to come:
That said, the market is still home to many more homes that will go into foreclosure. The end of the foreclosure boom will signal the true stabilization (or bottom) of the market.

Historically, after a bust period, a “flat” period or a leveling off of prices for a time follows, so don’t expect prices to bounce right back up to where they were three years ago: Consumer confidence will have to come around, rates will still have to be great, and credit scores will have to be mended.
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