Bathroom Mold Problems and Solutions

Bathroom Mold Problems and Solutions

We use our bathrooms to get ourselves cleaned up, but these areas sure are great at getting dirty! Because water leaks and closed up windows prevent good air circulation, your bathroom can quickly become a breeding ground for mold. This is bad for the health of both people and pets, so it’s best to be on the lookout—and to prevent mold problems whenever possible. Mold and Your Health Bathrooms often remain damp and dark, which makes them great places for mold to hang out. Many people have heard of the severe allergic reactions caused by black mold, but it’s important to realize that other molds can also be toxic. The most common type of mold you might find in your home is called aspergillus. This can easily cause allergies to flare up for both people and pets. Keeping a clean bathroom may not be enough to stop its growth if your bathroom is too damp. The other type of mold that is commonly found is cladosporium. While it isn’t as dangerous as black mold, exposure to it can still lead to a sore throat or watery eyes. Some people even notice respiratory problems when mold levels are high. This can be especially risk for children. Poor air quality is known to worsen respiratory conditions, and might even encourage a lifelong issue like asthma. Keeping Bathroom Mold Away If you want to keep bathroom mold away—and not just have a never-ending cleaning project—there are a few things to note. Since mold loves moisture, you’ll need to catch any leaks in your bathroom right away. It also helps to run your exhaust...
Tips to Clean and De-stink Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal

Tips to Clean and De-stink Your Kitchen Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal makes quick work of leftover fruits, veggies, and table scraps. For most homeowners, it’s an indispensable part of their kitchen setup. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most neglected parts of the house. A regular cleaning can help remove any foul odors coming from your kitchen sink. Because who wants a funky garbage smell when you’re prepping dinner? How to Get a Clean Garbage Disposal Maintaining a clean and stink-free garbage disposal isn’t hard when you follow a few rules. The first two steps are non-negotiable. The final cleaning step can be used on an as-needed basis. Keep the bad stuff out– Although your garbage disposal is a whizz at chopping up untouched salad greens and those last few bites of your mashed potatoes and peas, you can’t put just anything down the drain. Knowing which foods are off-limits can help keep your unit in good working order. Fibrous foods (like celery or potato skins) Coffee grounds Liquid grease Egg shells Fruit pits If you’ve been running any of these items through your garbage disposal, kick the habit! These items just make it harder for your equipment to work properly. Either send these items to the trash or add them to your compost pile. They definitely don’t belong in the kitchen sink. Run a rinse cycle often– Flushing your disposal with water helps keep loose food waste from clogging up the device. If you don’t normally turn on your faucet when your garbage disposal is running, now is the time to start. This is also the first step for doing a deep clean of your unit....
Is Your Plumbing and Water Safe After a Flood?

Is Your Plumbing and Water Safe After a Flood?

While we don’t have to be concerned about our homes and property when it comes to hurricanes here in Central Indiana, we do have to deal with the flooding. Especially in the fall and spring when the rain falls freely, and the rivers swell and spill over their banks, flooding is a problem for residents in almost every county, including Morgan County, Hendricks County, Marion County, and all the rest of the metro Indianapolis area that Fite Plumbing serves. How flooding can affect a plumbing system When residents think about flooding in this area, their first thoughts are about the damage to homes and businesses and the loss of contents that get water damaged. What might be hidden beneath the obvious is damage to your plumbing systems, which can result in an unhealthy situation for your family. Of course, there are some things that might not be hidden, things that might be obvious such as damage to any plumbing pipe or fixture. That can be evident when a tree falls on a house and walls with plumbing are damaged, or when lightning strikes a well pump. But let’s consider what might be hidden problems in your plumbing after a flood. Clogged drains.Floodwater contains all sorts of dirt and debris, and when it “does down the drain” it could leave silt and residue. It’s a good idea to have drains cleaned out after a flood. You don’t want a subsequent clog re-filling your basement or even your tubs and sinks. Broken pipes inside the building or home.While major damage to a home or property will reveal broken pipes right away,...
Don’t Get Hung Up by Toilet Maintenance Problems

Don’t Get Hung Up by Toilet Maintenance Problems

  Your summer visitors might be leaving, but the holidays are just around the corner. The last thing a host ever wants is a malfunction in the water closet! With lots of people and no place to go, you’ll want to make sure your toilet maintenance problems get taken care of fast.   Some of these common issues can be managed on your own. For more complicated problems, though, you can always count on Fite Plumbing. Our team of experienced plumbers know how to take care of all your toilet maintenance needs.   Maintenance for Toilet Clogs   Fixing a toilet clog can be quite the challenge—especially if the toilet is about to overflow! You should be able to shut the water off to the toilet if you think the water in the bowl is getting too high. Just reach behind the tank and find the shut-off valve, or take the lid off the tank and tackle the problem from the inside. To stop the water from rushing into the bowl, you’ll need to close the flapper inside the tank. (Don’t worry—the water in the take is as clean as the water from your tap.) Once you stop the water, you can start dealing with the clog itself. The single best thing you can do on your own for a clogged toilet is to use a plunger. For minor clogs, this is the best tool for the job. Create a seal with the plunger and then pump it up and down to get the clog to release. When you think it might be fixed, pull up on the plunger...
How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

Under certain circumstances, even a clogged sink can become an emergency. Trying to manage water leaks or overflowing water on your own can be incredibly stressful. Fortunately, you don’t have to go at it alone. An experienced Indianapolis plumber can help you out! If you’re experiencing a major plumbing issue, follow these tips and call Fite Plumbing at (317) 271-5400. Act Fast in a Plumbing Emergency Whether you’re facing a burst pipe or an extra-leaky hose for one of your water-using appliances, a plumbing emergency is no laughing matter. It’s important to act fast to ensure you don’t have any long-term damage to your property. Even an issue that seems small in the moment can quickly escalate into a bigger plumbing problem, so you want to get the help you need right away. It often helps to isolate the issue. For example, to deal with a toilet overflowing, you’d want to turn off the valve sending water to the tank. You can find this fixture behind the toilet itself, near the wall. Turn that valve to “off” so you don’t have a bigger mess to clean up later. Then, if necessary, give your local plumber a call to come out and finish the job. Utilize Your Shut-Off Valve Other plumbing emergency triggers though, aren’t as easy to handle. For burst pipes or other major flooding issues, you’ll want to stop all water at your location. Knowing how to find your water shut-off valve ahead of time is a good idea so you can be prepared for a plumbing emergency. Turning off any faucets that are running and closing your main water...