Our lavatory sink drain is constantly running slow.  My wife and daughters brush their hair over the sink, and also use hair care products that get washed into the drain.  I use LIQUID-PLUMR, but it never fully clears the mess.  Any Suggestions?

 

You are not alone with your slow drain issues.  Over time, all drains in your home will become clogged with grease, hair, food residue, and other slime.  LIQUID-PLUMR can not resolve or dissolve these issues, it takes something stronger. 

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THRIFT is the professional plumber's secret.  Hot water activates THRIFT's dry, odorless crystals.  THRIFT liquefies hair, grease, and all slime stuck to the side of the drain so that within 60 seconds the drain is clear.  THRIFT is so potent, you can actually hear the sizzle of the residue being burned inside your drains as it works. 

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Because it is so potent, we advise that you wear rubber gloves when using THRIFT and make sure your room is well ventilated.  THRIFT is also a great way to maintain drains that are not yet running slow, and provides a great benefit for grease traps and septic systems.  THRIFT Crystals are stocked at all of our locations in three sizes; 1 pound, 2 pound, and 6 pound.  THRIFT is also available in a liquid state in one quart bottles.  Try THRIFT, you will not be disappointed or clogged!

 

What tips can you provide to help get my house winterized?

 

There are two stages to winterizing your home safely and securely. 

1)  The first area that must be addressed is the outside of your home. Identify the main emergency shutoff valve for all water entering your house.  Whether it is at the well house, or at the street, or in your basement, all members of your family should know where this valve is and how to shut it off.  You may need a street key to turn the water off at the street (JON M25-536).ITEM ID:  JON M25-536

Next, go around your house and visually inspect.  Are there any cracks or bends in your siding?  Do you see daylight between some bricks?  Are all foundation or exterior vents sealed and closed?  Don't just walk around, look and identify your problems.ITEM ID:  JON M25-536

 

One problem almost always missed is your hose and hydrant connections.  ALL HOSES MUST BE REMOVED FROM OUTSIDE WALL HYDRANTS.  If a hose is attached, the water can freeze inside the fixture and cause damage to your home and the hydrant.  Remove the hose and attach a Hydrant Cover (WAL 686042) to keep your home safe.

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2)  The second step to winterizing your home is to look at the inside of your residence.  If you have pipes that are located in an unheated garage, crawl space under your house, or near a less insulated area in your home, take the time to insulate those pipes and faucets. We have several tapes, insulation kits and pipe insulation that can be used.

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Lastly, when the cold weather arrives and days of freezing are predicted, its time to keep water dripping from your faucets and keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. 

Pay attention to your home and you should not have a problem keeping her warm and safe.

 

 

 

What is the deal with LED? Is this just a passing craze?  I don't know what to do!

You are not alone in your confusion about LED.  As more people learn about this amazing technology, it leads to false information and a fear of what is a major change.  Most people can remember having a CRT or "Tube" television in their house. As a matter of fact, I still have one right now. When that TV is finished, it will be impossible to get a new CRT television.  LCD has completely replaced the CRT.  The same will soon be true with incandescent bulbs.

LED stands for "Light Emitting Diodes."  The technology has been around since the 1970s, but it has only been in the last few years that it has become affordable for every application.  When replacing your old incandescent bulb, there are three main ITEM ID:  BUL 455824considerations:

    1) Bring the old bulb with you to the store.  It's the most accurate way to make sure the new LED bulb will fit where your older bulb fit.

    2) Focus On the LUMENS.  This will tell you how bright the bulb will be.  The higher the lumens, the brighter the bulb.

    3) Check the LIGHT COLOR.  Warmer color light is around 2700K, which is what the older incandescent bulbs were rated.  White light is around 4000K, and piercing blue light is between 5000-6000K

ITEM ID:  MOR 71425A     LED bulbs are now available to replace Incandescent, Fluorescent, Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium.   They are available in a variety of bases,   and some even have a ballast on the bulb itself which will further increase the efficiency of the existing feature by bypassing the older ballasts already mounted.

                     

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It is an exciting time to be replacing bulbs, and the energy savings are outstanding.  The best advice I can give you is to go by your local BR Supply and talk with them about your particular LED bulb needs.

 

 

My electric bill just arrived, and it's up 35% over last year! What can I do to help my house become more energy efficient in the winter?

 

Depending on how cold the temperatures go, your electric and gas bills can skyrocket!   If a long cold snap settles in for a two week stay, your monthly bill could jump even higher than 35%.  There are a few things you can do to help.

boss 333 foamFirst, seal up all the possible openings you may have throughout your home with Boss 333 Foam Expanding Sealant.  Cold air coming in makes your heating system work harder, increasing your bills and lowering your ambient temperature.  

Second, change your air filters.  If your system is running more frequently in the winter, the filters become clogged and reduce the airflow and efficiency of the system. 

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Changing your filters will provide you with more airflow, cleaner air, and lower energy bills.

Lastly, consider buying a new thermostat.  Getting a programmable, or even better, a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, will automatically lower the heat when you're asleep or away from your home.  This can save you a tremendous amount on your energy bills.  Even changing your older thermostat to a new digital non-programmable thermostat by Pro1 can help you keep the energy bills lower.

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Do not forget to keep all doors and windows shut and sealed when not in use.  You would be surprised how much money can be lost by leaving the door open while talking to a friend, or opening the window for some fresh air and forgetting that it's open when you leave the room. 

Follow these tips and you will see your energy bill drop again soon.

 

 

I change the batteries in my smoke detector every 6 months.  My question is, is there ever a reason to replace a working smoke detector?  The four I have are 22 years old and still beep when I test them semi-annually.

 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that ALL smoke detectors be replaced at least every ten years, even if they still seem to be working.  Over time, dust gathers on the sensors, making them less capable.  In the event of a fire, every second counts and the sensors need to be crisp.  Even though they beep during testing, the sensor does deteriorate over time and the smoke detector should be replaced.  

 

When replacing your smoke detector, you should consider advancing the protection of your home.  A hardwired smoke detector can be linked together so that if one goes off, every detector in your home will sound. If a fire starts in the basement at the electrical panel while you are sleeping, the alarm in your bedroom will rouse you awake and allow you time to escape safely.   

 

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We offer the very popular First Alert 9120B that can connect with up to twelve other alarms when wired together. 

 

IITEM ID:  FIR SA520Bf you don’t desire the expense and hassle of running wire to all the alarms, we also sell a wireless system.  The base unit (First Alert SA520B) is hard wired, while up to 12 (First Alert SA511B) wireless units just require a battery to connect to the base and provide whole house protection.  

 

 

 

 

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These alarms feature a "Spread Spectrum Horn Tone" which produces a lower and varying frequency making it easier for the elderly with normal aged related hearing loss to hear the horn.  They also have a voice alarm with programmable locations.

 

 

 

We also offer the battery powered First Alert FG250B, which is the professional standard for smoke alarms.   It can not be interconnected, but also does not require any hardwiring.  It has advanced sensor technology and a hinged cover design that offers fast and easy installation and battery replacement.

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