A Tip-or-Two from Cincinnati Plumber, Charles

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Germs, deposits and rust -  A few thoughts for the weekend... What Happens When a Garbage Disposal Dies? Our late 1980's model garbage disposal finally bit the dust. It started fading away slowly -- first the blades wouldn't rotate when the switch was turned on, but responded well to the broom-handle treatment. Then, the reset button kept needing to be "reset". We limped along for a couple of...
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Cincinnati Plumber Truism: Electric eels & metal snakes are dinosaurs

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We have a friend who is constantly yammering about "the way things used to be." Dude, welcome to the innovations of the 21st century—some things from the past are better left behind. In plumbing, the tools used to bust up main drain line clogs have advanced a lot from electric eels and metal snakes. When it comes to clearing drain clogs quickly, thoroughly, and with minimal potential harm, today's...
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Cincinnati Plumbers Answer Plumbing Questions

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Coming off the usual weekend warrior household projects, plumbing issues are on our mind yet again. This weekend, we cleaned out the garage and sent two new P-traps and two sets of toilet tank replacement parts to the thrift store. We've stored these parts for years and no doubt, now that we've let them go our plumbing will break ASAP. On the bright side, the act of editing our household stuff gen...
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Cincinnati Plumbers DIY Tip: Cleaning a Faucet Aerator

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In our mid-century-modern kitchen, we have a single-lever faucet that's at least 15 years old. It's nothing special; it's a little leaky if I move the lever a certain way but it gets the j-o-b done. What really bothers me is that water shoots out the tap in a 'split stream' instead of a nicely aerated gush. Do I need a new faucet? Nope, I just need to spend about 15 minutes cleaning the hard water...
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Ask Cincinnati Plumbers… Garbage Disposals

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Dear Ray, My garbage disposal is a Sears Kenmore 1HP model, circa 1988. It's been reliable for years but in the past few weeks, the blades no longer rotate reliably when I flip the "on" switch. A well-placed broom handle usually loosens the motor and gets the blades going. After returning from a 2-week vacation however, the disposal has stopped working altogether. I've tried pushing the re-set but...
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Cincinnati drain cleaning - To flush or not to flush?

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We love our toilet – flushing ‘stuff’ down the drain is so very satisfying.  Although our conventional wisdom is “if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t flush it,” who wants to put that gnarly black, slimy hair clog from the lavatory drain in the trash can? Not us, that’s for sure.  We decided a little research on what plumbers across the country, including Cincinnati, suggest for ‘flushability.’...
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