What Should You Never Put Into a Garbage Disposal?

Garbage disposals are handy for taking care of food scraps. However, some things can clog your pipes or damage the garbage disposal. Here are some things you should never even consider putting down your kitchen sink’s drain.

Fibrous Fruits and Vegetables

Corn husks, celery, asparagus and banana peels have fibrous strings that will wrap around your garbage disposal’s blades. This can lock the blades up, making them inoperable.

Animal Bones

Garbage disposals aren’t made to handle animal bones. They can easily damage your disposal’s blades, resulting in your needing to get a new disposal. If the bones do make it past the blades, they are likely going to get stuck in the pipe, causing an obstruction.

Grease and Oil

Once these are cool, they become solid. They can easily block your pipes. Oil and grease should be tossed in the garbage once they have cooled.

Beans, Pasta, Oats, and Rice

All of these absorb water. If any gets caught in the drain it can expand and cause a clog to form.

Pits and Seeds

These can easily damage your garbage disposal. They are very hard and should be thought of as a type of wood. Even unpopped popcorn kernels should be thrown in the trash.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee Grounds won’t hurt your garbage disposal but can clog your pipe. They will settle in the pipe, eventually causing a clog.

Eggshells

Eggshells have a thin membrane on the inside that can wrap around a garbage disposal’s blade. They should always be thrown in the trash.

Your Local HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Experts

Christian Brothers: Air Conditioning Plumbing Electrical has been helping businesses and individuals in the greater Phoenix area since 1976. We handle kitchen plumbing should your garbage disposal or pipe need servicing. We can also help you with heating and cooling, plumbing, electrical and water heaters. Give us a call today at our Phoenix, AZ, office to find out how we can serve you.

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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems?

Heating systems for indoor environments can vary pretty widely with the options available today. However, they generally have some things in common, which group them into five basic category types.

1. Forced Air

This is one of the most commonly found systems for generating heat for homes, offices, and many industrial applications. It typically uses a squirrel cage fan to push air through a system of ventilation ducts to reach the rest of the building. They are very good at heating a space rapidly. Technicians at Christian Brothers AC, Plumbing, and Electrical can handle every detail of the installation process for you in Glendale, AZ.

2. Radiant

This kind of system uses water to heat a room by circulating the hot water through pipes that are in the walls or ceiling of a room. Radiant heating systems are an excellent way to warm a room without taking precious moisture out of the air. They are also praised for being quiet while in operation because the system is self-contained.

3. Hydronic

A hydronic system also uses water, but the heat is distributed throughout each room via individual baseboard units that are mounted on the walls. These can be just as quiet as radiant systems and are just as energy-efficient. Some drawbacks are how slow they warm a room and that they limit usable floor space because they are not supposed to be blocked by curtains or furniture.

4. Steam Radiant

Radiant steam is used to heat a home by creating steam in a boiler and pumping the moist air into the rooms. It is revered for its efficacy, but it is an older technology that is not very cost-effective to install new. Also, many people do not like the overbearing registers required in each location they wish to heat.

5. Geothermal

This is an efficient system because it uses heat that already exists inside the Earth in its original form in many cases. The geothermal heating methods today can pull heat from anything no matter how cold it is. Obviously, the warmer the source is the more efficient it will be.

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Christian Brothers AC, Plumbing, and Electrical has a dedicated staff of experts ready to deal with your heating, cooling, plumbing, and electric concerns right away. Contact us today to find out the solutions we have available to help you in Glendale.

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Three Easy Steps To Clean Your Drain Like A Pro

3 Easy Steps To Clean Your Drain Like A Pro

Drain cleaning can be a very dirty and annoying process. Sometimes what comes out of that clogged drain can be a shock– even to you! However, as a homeowner, it is a strict necessity to know how to clean them. It’s one of many responsibilities that come along with home maintenance. Often we receive questions on how to effectively clean sink, shower, and bathtub drains. Though you might need to learn, it isn’t rocket science. Generally speaking, the process is pretty simple. This is why we’ve put together three step process on how to clean your drain like a professional.

Step One- Diagnose The Problem

Knowing what you’re up against is a must when it comes to cleaning your drain. This means identifying what the problem is, as well as knowing exactly what is in your drain. Keep tabs on what you’re putting down your sink drain. Furthermore, ensure you haven’t put anything down that would cause any clogs or blockages. If you’re not sure what you shouldn’t put down a drain, please refer to our article “5 Things You Should And Should Not Put Down Your Drain”. Most of the time, if you have been putting damaging items down there, the problem will be reoccurring. The best way to diagnose any issues would be to run water checks frequently.

Step Two- Get The Right Tools

Grabbing the right tools will help you in cleaning your drains and removing clogs. Most of these tools you’ll probably have on handy in your home, but its best to check beforehand. When you have the correct tools, feel free to use them accordingly. Plumbing snakes tend to be the best when it comes to removing clogs. Likewise, baking soda and vinegar or a tad of drain cleaner can help keep drains cleaned out and ready for use. Other tools you might need include:

  • Basin and pipe wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Hacksaws
  • Tubing cutters
  • Metal pliers
  • Drain augers
  • Plumbing tools, such as toilet and sink plungers

Step 3- Maintenance

After you’ve used the proper tools to remove a clog or clean the drain, you’ll want to keep up on regular maintenance. Your sink is a precious resource and increases your quality of life. Which is why the continuing maintenance is so crucial. Cleaning your garbage disposal is always a good idea as well. To do this, drop some orange or lemon peels down your sink with some ice cubes. Then, turn on the garbage disposal for thirty seconds. If you’re handling a bathtub or shower drain, the most likely cause of a clog will be hair. To prevent this, you’ll need to schedule a time to remove the hair before it causes a clog. This involves removing the drain cap and using a long, wiry object to scrap up the hair.

Call Christian Brothers

If you need any more ideas on how to clean drains, or have a particularly annoying clog, give Christian Brothers a call. We will send out only the best technician to service you at your home. Christian Brothers technicians are trained to give the highest level of customer service and plumbing techniques. They can walk you through the process to ensure your drains are squeaky clean and free of clogs. Call Christian Brothers at (623) 499- 9794.

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How Will A Service Partner Plan Save Homeowners Money?

How Will A Service Partner Plan Save Homeowners Money?

As a homeowner, you’re probably pretty financially responsible. You know it’s wise to try to save money wherever possible and only spend it on the things you need.  Likewise, you’re probably somewhat thrifty when it comes to avoiding the need for disastrous repair. You’re not only a homeowner, you’re also a “do- it- yourself” specialist.

We fully understand homeowners tendencies to do things on their own and applaud their efforts. We know how important it is to save money. However, we wouldn’t be fulfilling our mission of providing excellent customer service and satisfaction if we didn’t give homeowners more opportunities to save. This is why we’ve created our new Service Partner Plan. With our Service Partner Plan, you will have plenty of chances to save on repairs, replacements, and other services. Here are a few ways how our Service Partner Plan can save you money.

High Performance Tune Ups

Our Service Partner Plan comes with regularly scheduled tune ups. With our high performance tune ups for your HVAC unit, you’ll be reducing your chances of a breakdown by 95% and your electric bills by 30%. This will not only save you from the frustration of having no air conditioning in July, but also save you a wad of cash. This is due to the fact that regular A/C maintenance prevent catastrophic replacements or repairs. When we designed this Service Partner Plan, we did so with homeowners in mind.

Priority Service

Most homeowners dread the thought of a serious plumbing mishap occurring in their home. When these things happen, it can leave you with damages that are very expensive and you’ll wonder what more you could have done. With a Christian Brothers Service Partner Plan, you won’t need to worry about this! Our Partner Plan Members are our top priority. This means you’ll jump to the head of the line when you call in for help and we’ll be there to prevent a potential disaster. As a result, you’ll be saving on tremendously high water damage bills. This applies to both regular and emergency calls. A homeowner with our Service Partner Plan will be our number one priority.

15% Off the Bottom Line

Yes, you read that correctly. With our Service Partner Plan, homeowners will receive a 15% discount off the cost of any job. This goes for all three services: plumbing, HVAC, and electrical. This will save you money right on the spot as a result. Furthermore, you’ll receive emails with coupons and discounts that could save you even more on common services. This applies to any homeowner with a Service Partner Plan.

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!

If a homeowner expresses dissatisfaction with our work, we’ll make it right! With our Service Partner Plan, you’re given a guaranteed satisfaction promise from Christian Brothers.

Call Christian Brothers

To set up your Service Partner Plan give us a call! We’ll send out a technician to your home to provide you with all the right information. Call us at (623) 201-5066. We would be more than happy to speak to you and go over how we can best service you. Call us today.

 

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What Is A Service Partner Plan?

What Is A Service Partner Plan?

Over the last decade, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services have changed drastically. With increasingly available technology and a new focus on customer service, these services companies are becoming more efficient than ever. As a result, the need and access to preferred services has also increased. Created to meet these needs for a more personal service experience, we created our own Service Partner Plan.

A Service Partner Plan works as a subscription to an extensive list of benefits to our services. Some of those benefits include priority service, maintenance checks, and a 15% discount on any paid service. We offer these plans as a way to increase the satisfaction of our customers by building a partnership based on trust and reliability. No longer will homeowners be subject to the actions of a services company that doesn’t even remember their name. With a Service Partner Plan your 100% satisfaction is our guarantee.

Similarly, the benefits of a Service Partner Plan will go beyond the immediate repair. With annual preventive inspections, you’ll avoid breakdowns, lower your energy bills, and gain peace of mind. We’ll also send over an assigned technician who is trained in repair and customer service. They will diagnose the problem and give you all the options before beginning a repair. Thus giving you opportunities to decide what is best for you and your family.

The Service Partner Plan is made to provide you the best possible service. When you have an emergency and need a plumber right away, just give us a call. With a Service Partner Plan, you’ll jump to the front of the line. We’ll handle yours first.

At Christian Brothers, we don’t want you to go unnoticed. The next time we send a technician to your home, ask him about the available options for a Service Partner Plan. Also, you can check out our previous blog post 3 Reasons Why A Service Partner Plan Will Benefit The Homeowner. To make an appointment, give us a call at (623) 201-5066.

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Four Reasons Water Softeners Are Worth The Cost

4 Reasons Water Softeners Are Worth The Cost

Having a water softener in your home provides many benefits to you as a homeowner! However.., most people will tell you a water softener is just a simple luxury they cannot afford. Although water softeners can come out to be somewhat expensive, your investment in them will not be a waste. Water softeners provide plenty of helpful accommodations that make up for their slightly pricey cost.

1. Better for your Skin

Water softeners provide water for a home that is filtered of minerals. To put it in simple terms, it is purified water! Having soft water not only is better tasting to drink, but also is better for your skin! Due to the fact that the minerals in the water have been removed, your skin will thus receive more refreshment when showering, bathing, or washing your hands. If you want to receive a more refreshing clean, you’ll want to invest in a water softener.

2. Better for Cleaning

Softened water is better for cleaning glasses, dishes, and counter tops as well. This leaves them looking crisper, further disinfected, and smelling wonderful. Not to mention that soft water requires less soap to lather! Purified water is much easier to lather than hard water, and you use less soap in the process. The hassle of cleaning will be far less and the amount of money you’ll save on soap will be significant. When you invest in a water softener, you’ll be cleaner in your kitchen, as well as the rest of your home.

3. Better for your Clothes

Yes, its true. Soft water is much better for your clothes for of two reasons. First, your clothes will be cleaner. That means they will smell nicer and more likely be properly disinfected. Secondly, they will shine brighter, look better, and keep their color longer. Also, the gritty feeling you might get on your clothes will be eliminated thanks to softer water. All in all, when it comes to cleaning, softer water is all around better to use in your home. This may be something serious to consider when you’re thinking about installing a water softener.

4. Better for your Plumbing system

Softened water is much more suitable for your plumbing pipes as well. When you only have hard water, your pipes will gather grim and buildup on them. Eventually, this buildup will cause the pipe to erode, break, or cause a clog. With soft water that doesn’t have so many minerals, this buildup will take much longer to grow. Keep in mind, piping for plumbing is can be pretty costly. If this were to happen, the repair could be catastrophic. This will also be something you’ll want to account for when deciding if you should install a water softener.

5. Call Christian Brothers

If you have already made up your mind about wanting a new water softener, or you have questions, give us a call! We will send an expert level, licensed technician to your home who can do everything from answering questions to installation. When you call Christian Brothers, you can purchase, install, and receive maintenance for your water softener. Give us a call at (623) 499- 9794 to schedule full evaluation with up-front pricing for whole home filtration.

You’re probably wondering to yourself what those benefits are. Trust us, we get this question every other day! Well you asked, and we answered. This is why we’ve gathered the 4 primary reasons why water softeners are worth the cost.

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Five Signs Your Electrical System Is Out Of Date

5 Signs Your Electrical System Is Out Of Date

Updating your home is always a good feeling. There’s nothing better than adding a new granite counter top or sleek kitchen sink. When we think about adding updates to our home, these are what we normally think about. Although many homeowners are quick to add a new stylish toilet, they never think to replace their electrical wiring. As a result, this lack of new wiring can lead to plenty of problems with your electricity.

In our line of work, we receive plenty of questions regarding when the best time is to replace electrical wiring. You asked, so we answered! We’ve put together a list of signs to look for.  Here are 5 signs that your electrical system is out of date.

Low Power

If the amount of amps you’re receiving in your home is below 60, you may need to update your wiring. Back in the day, 60 amps would be plenty to suffice a home. Now, thanks to modern technology, most homes need in between 100 and 200 amps produced to power their home. In order to keep your new refrigerator, microwave, and blender powered, you’ll need more amps rather than less. The new wiring you could get would accommodate these appliances perfectly.

Grounded Or Two Pronged Outlets

Grounded or two pronged outlets are a risky safety hazard and only really exist in older electrical systems. This is due to the electrical excesses that may be a result of improper grounding. When this happens, the extra electricity has nowhere to go but to your device. This could lead to your device short circuiting and malfunctioning, as well as injury to yourself. This goes for even if you have a surge protector too. If you’re looking to avoid danger and keep your family safe, it may be time to update that electrical system.

Damage from Rodents

When electrical wiring is very old, you might be able to spot damage from little critters. Sometimes, when rats and mice are wondering around, they might take a quick bite out of a wire. This will leave your wiring damaged or even completely cut. If you know you have mice or a rat problem, you may want to call an exterminator first. Then give a call to an electrician.

Outlets That Are Not Childproof

If you notice that an outlet in your home is not childproof, this could indicate that you need to replace some wiring. This might also be wise to consider if you have any children under the age of 5 years old. When call a Christian Brothers electrician, they can provide these outlets for you and help you set them up.

Tripped Breakers And Blown Fuses

This is also a tell tale sign of an out- of – date electrical system. Blown fuses and tripped breaks can occur because of an overloaded circuit, but this tends to mean that their needs to be some wires replaced. Another quick sign is flickering lights in your home. If you see any of these signs, you’re probably over due for a replacement of your wiring.

Call Christian Brothers

If you need some help knowing if you should get new wiring, give Christian Brothers a call! We have certified and experienced electricians available to be at your home as soon as possible. Call Christian Brothers today! 623 499- 9794.

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How To Choose The Correct Plunger

How To Choose The Correct Plunger

A plunger is one of the most important tools you can have in your home. Made for the purpose of unclogging drains, they surely come in handy when your plumbing pipes are congested. Likewise, they are sometimes the last line of defense between an overflowing toilet and a brand new hardwood floor. The proper use of a plunger can save you plenty of money on repairs and water damage. They can also provide a quick fix to what could be a very bothersome problem.

However, when in need of a plunger, how can you be sure you’ve got the right one for the job? There are many different designs and purposes for plungers that can leave you wondering which one would work best. With all these questions considered, we’ve decided to provide a guide to choosing the right plunger for your home.

Sink or Toilet?

The first thing you should consider when deciding on a plunger should be which drain it will be used for. If you are prone to have a lot of sink clogs, you’ll obviously need a sink plunger. Sink plungers tend to have a flat head, which looks somewhat like a rubber bowl on the end. This is different from a toilet plunger, which has a protruding flange shaped head. When you try to use a sink plunger on the a toilet, the results will most likely not be what you want. This also goes for using a toilet plunger on a sink. To achieve the best results, use the correct plunger for the clogged drain.

Keep The Seal

Another thing to consider when you need to use a plunger is the seal. When using a plunger on a sink or toilet, you’ll want to create this seal that connects the head to the drain. This seal is critical to the function of the tool itself. By creating this seal, it creates the suction that will dislodge any debris in the pipe. When choosing a plunger, you’ll need to know how tight that seal will get.

Furthermore, this carries over to why you need different plunger designs for sinks and toilets. When you try to use a sink plunger on a toilet, it won’t create a tight enough seal to be effective.

Comfort

You’ll also want to make sure your plunger is comfortable to use. This means taking a hard look at the design of the handle. If a handle is made with a rubber grip, it could make it easier when trying to unclog a toilet. When a handle is made of wood that isn’t well sanded or taken care of, you could damage your hands with callouses and splinters. This would most likely happen with older plungers.

Call Christian Brothers

If a clog turns out to be too tough for even the handiest of plungers, give Christian Brothers a call! We will have a plumbing technician down to your home as soon as possible to rid your pipes of any congestion. Our technicians are fully licensed and background checked to ensure your safety and access to outstanding customer service. Give us a call today! (623) 499- 9794.

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A Few Ways Homeowners Are Ruining Their Plumbing

A Few Ways Homeowners Are Ruining Their Plumbing

As a homeowner, you’re pretty good at keeping your house in working order. You keep your air conditioning maintained, electricity cost low, and stay up to date on necessary tune up appointments. As a result, your house is always functioning as it should. However, when it comes to your plumbing, you may get behind because you are not sure how to prevent costly disasters. This lack of knowledge can be dangerous.

There are plenty of ways a homeowner can ruin their own plumbing. Most of them you may not even know about. Because we know you’re not a plumbing expert, we thought we’d help you out. Here are a few ways homeowners ruin their own plumbing.

Inaccurate Installation

We find that sometimes homeowners can be in such a rush that they decide to take on the project themselves. Likewise, it can be tempting to save a couple bucks.

Although you may be a handy do-it-yourself specialist, you may want to call a professional plumber to handle any installation. A great way to cause unnecessary problems is to handle this yourself. Plumbing is a serious deal if you want to keep your home and family from paying the price of a bad install job.

Using the Wrong Pipes

Lets be honest, most people are not familiar with what the proper pipes are for their plumbing. The average person does not know the difference between one pipe from the other. Not to mention which one is appropriate for a specific home.

When homeowners try to apply quick fixes, they often end up using the wrong materials and making the problem even worse. Furthermore, this ends up costing them in the long run. If you want to avoid ruining your own plumbing, call a professional to come handle that problem for you. It’ll save you valuable time and costs in the long run.

Debris Buildup

Homeowners tend to understand plumbing based on two principles. If the water is going down the drain, the drain works. If water is coming out of the faucet, the faucet works. Pretty simple, right?

This is another way homeowners can ruin their own plumbing. Inattention to common water pressure problems can eventually cause debris to build up in the pipes and cause mineral clogs. When you encounter a drop in water pressure, be sure to handle it as soon as possible. Waiting may cause more of a problem.

Don’t Use The Drain As a Dumpster

When it comes to what goes down a drain, some homeowners think anything goes. As a result, they end up with costly repairs for clogs and even broken pipes. If you have constant clogs, you may want to be careful about what you put down your drain.

Items such as paper towels, cotton balls, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products should never go down a drain. This can be the biggest culprits for clogs in the average household. This could also ruin your plumbing.

Use of Harmful Chemicals

Corrosive chemicals can be exceptionally harmful to your plumbing pipes. Likewise, many of them indicate on the label that they should not be put down plumbing pipes. However, many homeowners still throw them down anyway.

If you don’t want to have to replace major pipes in your plumbing, avoiding putting harmful chemicals down your drain. When you do this, it erodes the pipes and could cause them to burst open and cause plenty of issues.

Call Christian Brothers

When you feel your plumbing system needs to be repaired or replaced, give Christian Brothers a call! We can have a licensed and experienced technician to your home as soon as possible to check your pipes. Call us at (623) 499- 9794.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Energy Efficient AC Unit

Tips For Choosing The Right Energy Efficient AC Unit

Choosing the right air conditioning unit for your home can be tough. There are so many manufacturers to choose from! Not to mention you need the most energy efficiency possible to keep your electric bills low. With all the new models out today, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right unit for the job?

As an AC services company, we get this question quite frequently. Likewise, we want to do our part to help you purchase the right tool for you, your family, and your home. We don’t want you to be in the dark when it comes to making this decision. This is why we’ve decided to go over all the tips to consider when purchasing a new energy efficient unit. Here are a few key things to look for:

Helpful Tips

  • Programmable thermostat-  A thermostat that is programmable will allow you to set a timer for when the AC unit should turn on and off. With this capability, you’ll gain even more energy efficiency by being able turn it on when you’re on your way home for the day. Some thermostats can even be controlled by your smart phone!Like, for example, the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat. Be sure to get a unit that has a programmable thermostat.
  • Check for the right fit- An air conditioning unit that is too large will make the air in your home feel damp and clammy. However, an air conditioning unit that is too small will run up your electricity bills. Make sure your unit is the exact right size for your home.
  • Energy saving setting- Some air conditioning units come with an energy saving setting. This setting will turn both the compressor and the fan off after your home has hit the desired temperature. Check for this setting in the features section before purchase.
  • Energy Star Rating- This star will indicate that the unit has a certified high efficiency rating. To find it, just look for the blue energy star!

Choosing the right size air conditioner

  • This is actually much easier than you might think. Thanks to the Energy Star Chart found here you can look up the correct BTU unit that is right for your home. The BTU unit measurement goes off of your homes square footage. Simply use a measuring tape and some semi simplistic math to calculate the square footage.
  • The tonnage behind AC units also plays a factor. Remember- 12,000 BTU units per hour is the equivalent of one ton. AC units usually range from 1 – 5 tons.

Reading the Energy Label

The Energy label should have all the following information:

  1. The type of air conditioner
  2. The make, model, and size of the unit
  3. Average yearly cost of running the labeled air conditioner
  4. Cost range of similar air conditioners
  5. The Energy Efficiency ratio

Call Christian Brothers

At Christian Brothers, our technicians are fully licensed, trained, and background checked for your safety and satisfaction. Call us to make an appointment and we’ll have a technician down to your home as soon as possible. Call (623) 201-5066.

Air conditioning, Plumbing, Electrical repair since 1976 in Phoenix, AZ.