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Conserving Water On A Daily Basis

6/13/17

By: Kathryn Hyer

 

We use water everyday, for multiple reasons. From brushing our teeth and taking showers to cooking and doing the dishes, our use of water is pretty consistent. How much water are we really using, and how much of an impact is it making on our water supply? Everyday water usage has become a part of our everyday lives, but we don’t have to be wasteful with our water. Read below to find out and to know how you can begin your water conservation process.

 

Stats on Water Usage

 

The average American household uses 300 gallons of water per day. Nearly 70 percent of water usage occurs indoors, while 30 percent occurs outdoors. Daily, the amount of water we use per person in the United States is about 88 gallons. If water-saving devices were installed into every U.S. household, our use of water would decrease by a whopping 30 percent, saving an estimated amount of 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would add up to savings of $11.3 million dollars per day, and $4 billion per year.

 

With all of the water we use on a daily basis, we’ve come up with a few solutions of how you can conserve water in your home. To start off, we suggest you get an estimate of how much water your household is currently using by accessing the water usage calculator. After viewing your daily water usage, check out ideas for water conservation listed below.

 

Water Conservation Solutions

  • Install water efficient products in your home
  • Turn water off while shaving or brushing teeth
  • Utilize a pool/hot tub cover

 

Water conservation isn’t as difficult as it may sound. For instance, here are a few easy ways to conserve water. First, we recommend buying water efficient products for your home.  Different products with different water efficiency options include shower heads, toilets, washing machines, faucets and sprinklers. After some research and installation of these products, you’ll be cutting back on your water usage in no time.

 

Along with these products, water usage can easily be lessened simply by paying attention to how you’re using your water. If you keep the water running while brushing your teeth, try turning the tap off while you brush.

 

Likewise, water may be turned off in the shower while shaving, the sink can be turned off when washing your face, etc.  When doing laundry, only do a load when it’s full. Making these little changes in your daily routine can significantly cut back on your water usage in a year.

 

Secondly, look for ways to cut back on water usage on home features that can’t be easily updated, such as a pool or hot tub. By simply using a cover for your pool or hot tub, you decrease the chance of water evaporation by 90-95 percent. Without a cover, a pool loses about 1 inch of water per week in the summer due to evaporation. That can add up to 3,500 gallons in 6 months, but can easily be avoided with a pool cover.

 

Before beginning your water conservation journey, be sure that your plumbing is in good shape! As always, Mathews Plumbing and Heating is here for you to assist with all of your plumbing needs. Give us a call today at 208-357-3439!

 

 

 

Sources:

 

http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/thepowerof10/   

http://www.drinktap.org/water-info/water-conservation/water-use-statistics.aspx

https://www.epa.gov/watersense/how-we-use-water#Daily Life

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4 Easy Ways To Fix Hair Clogged Drains

5/30/2017

By: Kathryn Hyer

The normal human sheds an average of 100 to 125 hairs each day. Whether you know it or not, this consistent loss of hair gets into your drains and adds to drainage problems in your showers, tubs, and sinks. Long hairs are especially more likely to clog drains, and can lead to other extensive plumbing problems down the road. Learn how you can prevent a hair-clogged drain, or learn how to fix one on your own. Continue reading below for easy and helpful plumbing tips!

Solution #1: The Snake

The tool is a slender, plastic rod with little hooks coming out of it that is easily lowered into a drain, while the hairs are snagged on the hooks on the way out.These thin little tools are simple to use, and tend to be effective. Most convenience stores carry them, or they may be ordered online. These disposable “snake” tools are are a cheap, easy way to keep your drains hair-free.

Solution #2: A Drain Cover

Hair clogged drains can completely be avoided if preventive measures are taken, such as using a drain cover. Although these are mainly used in showers and tubs, they may also be used in sinks. These plastic cylinder-like covers are placed over the drain, and act as a sort of strainer, allowing the water to flow easily into the drain but preventing the hair from doing so. These are inexpensive and a great way to prevent drains from getting clogged in the first place.

Solution #3: DIY Drain Cleaners

In an effort to forgo using liquid cleaners made with harmful chemicals, more and more people are opting to make their own drain cleaner, most of which are very simple and easy to make. Here is one of the more simple “recipes” for drain cleaners, that has proven to be effective for most:

Ingredients
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • Boiling water
Instructions
  1. Pour the baking soda down the drain, followed by the vinegar
  2. Cover the drain with a rag or plug
  3. Allow the mixture to break down anything that may be clogging the drain
  4. Flush with boiling water

Solution #4: Use A Plunger

For a drain that is already clogged, using a simple plunger could do the trick to clear it. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to use a plunger to unclog sink and tub drains.

To unclog the drain:
  1. Remove/unscrew the drain stopper and plug the drain with a rag/towel.
  2. Apply petroleum jelly to the lip of the plunger (This creates a tighter seal)
  3. Run enough water over the drain to barely cover it
  4. Plunge the drain vigorously 3-6 times
  5. Remove the rag (The water should drain quickly)
  6. If the drain is still clogged, repeat the process

Contact Mathews Plumbing for Plumbing Help!

Despite all of your efforts, occasionally there will be drains that simply won’t unclog. In these instances it’s best to call a plumber to help, and Mathews Plumbing & Heating is here for you! Our professionally trained plumbers are experts in the art of unclogging drains, and would love to assist you.

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your drains in the Rexburg, Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Pocatello or Shelley areas, give Mathews Plumbing & Heating a call today at (208) 357-3439.

References:

https://greatist.com/health/it-normal-shed-much

http://www.marthastewart.com/272874/diy-drain-cleaners

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/how-to-unclog-a-bathroom-sink-drain-with-a-plunger/

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When to Get a New Water Heater

1/27/17
By: Karli

An Essential Home Appliance

Nothing is quite as shocking as a cold shower or bath. Even if you know what’s coming, it’s shocking every time! Warm water is a personal luxury most Americans enjoy on a regular basis. Providing heated water for showers, tubs, washing machines, or dishwashers, water heaters are a universal convenience homes struggle to do without.

Most home appliances aren’t made to last forever, no matter how efficient and well-made they may be. Home appliances wear out over time and will need to be replaced when they reach their expected lifespan. Water heaters aren’t exempt from this natural fate. It is important for homeowners to know when it is time to get a new water heater and that it is essential not to wait too long. Delaying the purchase of a new water heater could be costly, and even downright dangerous. Below are some general signs it is time for a new water heater in your home.

Signs of Needed Replacement

  • Water Heater Struggling to Heat
  • Leaking around Water Heater
  • Water heater poorly installed, maintained
  • Appliance is  8-15 years old
  • Water Pressure is Poor
  • Deposit Buildups
  • Water Heater Less Efficient
  • Rusting From Interior

Age of Water Heaters Matter. Water heaters generally are designed to last between 8-15 years. Some models can last longer or shorter than that, depending on how well the water heater was installed, the location of the water heater, and how well the water heater was maintained. After reaching that point, water heaters start to have a lot more issues. Water heaters that are maintained on a yearly basis will last longer than those that haven’t been maintained frequently. If your water heater has reached its expected lifespan, but it is still functioning properly, just be sure to keep an eye on it and to have it checked regularly.

Lack of Hot Water. One of the most obvious signs a water heater needs to be replaced is when it ceases to be reliable for hot water. Maybe you’ve noticed this when you’re filling up the tub, taking a shower, or even just doing the dishes. When the water doesn’t heat up as it has in the past, or maybe doesn’t heat up at all, it’s time to have it fixed or replaced. 

Leak in the Water Heater. These, in particular, can be a sign of serious issues, and definitely should get checked out immediately. Leaks in the water heater may be caused by a variety of issues, some trivial, others serious, but ultimately it is better to be overly cautious than careless. Flooding and water damage can be costly compared to simply getting it check out.

Deposit Builds Up. Water heaters tend to have a shorter lifespan when deposits from hard water builds up on the bottom of the appliance. Typically, when hard water deposits collect on the bottom, issues with overheating become a problem since the bottom layer of the water heater is more insulated due to the build up.

Less Efficient Over Time. Older models of water heaters will be less efficient over time, requiring more energy to function while providing less satisfying results. If your water heater takes a long time to heat up, runs out of hot water quickly, or is using more energy than it normally should, call in a professional. Newer models of water heaters will save you more in the long run. 

Water Heater Inspection

Regularly having your water heater inspected by a professional can prevent unexpectant issues down the road. Forgetting to check on your water heater every once in awhile could be dangerous, and lead to flooding, or even an explosion on rare occasions. If you suspect something is wrong with your water heater, do not hesitate to get it inspected. Water heaters should be checked and maintained every year or two to ensure everything is functioning appropriately.

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Water Heater Repairs & Replacement

If you have recently had your water heater inspected, and replacement is needed, Mathews Plumbing can recommend and install a variety of water heaters. Sometimes, though, all your water heater may need is a few repairs, and not a total replacement. Either way, Mathews Plumbing offers its water heater services in Eastern Idaho cities of Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, and Rexburg. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a water heater inspection, repair, or a new water heater installation. 

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/4-signs-your-water-heater-about-fail.htm

http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/Longevity/what-kills-water-heaters.html

 

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Why Does Your Water Taste Bad?

10/12/16
By: Karli Willden

Foul tasting water is up there on the list of unpleasant life experiences. If you currently have hard water issues, or you have in the past, this will hit close to home. Nothing is worse than coming inside for a quick drink, only to gulp down a nasty glass of water. So what causes the water to smell or taste how it does? What can be done about it? Here are a few things you should know.

Common Smells or Tastes In Bad Water

  • Rotten Eggs
  • Earthy/Dirt
  • Pool Water/Chlorine Taste
  • Copper/Iron
  • Mineral Taste

Why Does Your Water Taste or Smell Bad?

Water does not always have a universal flavor. The taste, and even the smell of water, can vary from location to location. Some home residents may complain their water tastes like dirt, chemicals, minerals, or even rotten eggs. Water flavor may be caused from a variety of issues. According to LifeScience.com many of these unsavory flavors “may originate from algae, bacteria, wildfires, minerals, and decaying vegetation, but for the most part these things are not generally dangerous to people’s health.” If you live in an older home with older plumbing, however, there may be a cause for concern. Homes with outdated plumbing, particularly those with lead pipes or polybutylene, could have more serious water contamination issues. Causes of bad tasting water include:

  • Minerals
  • Algae
  • Bacteria
  • Chemicals
  • Outdated Plumbing

What’s the Solution?

No one should needlessly consume foul tasting water when solutions are available! Installing a new water filter is highly recommended. A water filter can help remove the impurities from the water, improving the quality and taste of the water. If you already have a water filter, it may be time to replace it. Water filters generally will need to be replaced every six months. Another option is to install a water softener. A water softener can be a good solution for hard water, to make it taste better and also to prevent buildup in your pipes or appliances. If you are not sure which solution may be best for you, consider having your water your tested. Possible solutions include:

  • Install or Replace Your Water Softener
  • Install or Replace Your Water Filter
  • Have Your Water Tested
  • Have Your Plumbing Checked

Who Can Help?

Mathews Plumbing and Heating can assist you with your drinking water problems. If you are unhappy with how your tap water tastes, give Mathews Plumbing a call at 208-357-3439 and we can discuss which option may be best for your unique situation.

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Hard Water Can Affect Your Plumbing & Appliances

9/6/16
By: Karli Willden

Did you know that the vast majority of homeowners in the United States have hard water problems? While some areas are more adversely affected than others, it is a common problem homeowners deal with on a daily basis. So, what is hard water and what are its impacts on your plumbing and water? Hard water is the condition when a large quantity of minerals are detected in your water, most commonly calcium and magnesium. Hard water can impact homeowners in a variety of ways, such as the following below:  

Hard Water Affects

  • Pipe Blockage
  • Water Flow, Pressure
  • Water Taste/Smell
  • Plumbing System Efficiency
  • Difficulty Cleaning  
  • Water Stains
  • Calcium Deposits
  • Impact Appliances, Water Heater

>Hard water can wreak havoc on your indoor plumbing and appliances if not treated properly. Buildup can occur within the plumbing pipes from mineral deposits, which could ultimately lead to a clog. While these deposits in your plumbing will generally not make you sick, it will affect the plumbing’s overall efficiency and function. It will affect your water pressure, water flow, and could impact the efficiency of your home appliances, making them work harder than ever. Hard water in the home also can leave water stains in your bathrooms and sinks, which can be difficult to clean. Sometimes hard water can smell, and even taste different than normal water, which can motivate you to do something about your hard water problem. Unresolved hard water issues can lead to other problems down the road.  

Testing for Hard Water

If you are unsure if you have hard water at your home, there are a few ways to find out. Some methods involve testing the water yourself through an at-home kit. Another option is to send a water sample to a water testing company, or you can have a professional come to your home for testing. One of the easiest ways to detect if you have hard water, however, is to watch for its signs. See the most common signs of hard water below.

Signs of Hard Water

  • White Buildup in Sinks, Bathrooms, Dishes
  • Water Smells
  • Water Tastes Different
  • Hard Water Stains
  • Clogged Pipes
  • Skin Irritation
  • Appliances Having Trouble

Hard Water Solution

One of the best solutions for hard water is a water softener. A water softener can eliminate the issues mentioned above and increase your overall plumbing and appliance efficiency and lifespan. Without one you will most likely encounter issues requiring more frequent plumbing or appliance repairs. A water softener is a great investment for your home and can even help increase your home’s marketability. If you would like to learn more about water softeners and how they can make a big difference treating hard water, feel free to give Mathews Plumbing and Heating a call at 208-357-3439. We offer water softener installations in Pocatello, Shelley, Blackfoot, Rigby, Rexburg, and everywhere in between!

Sources

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/17946299/thumbs/how-hard-water-can-damage-your-pipes-and-fixtures

http://plumbing.about.com/od/basics/a/What-Is-Hard-Water.htm

http://www.water-rightgroup.com/8-hard-water-problems/

Plumbing Job: Golden Valley Natural

In 2016, Mathews Plumbing provided commercial plumbing services for Golden Valley Natural’s brand new facility located in Shelley, Idaho. Golden Valley Natural has making delicious, organic jerky since 1968 and with recent company changes, decided to build a bigger, better facility to fit their growing company. This brand new facility needed many sinks, toilets, and water fountains for its office employees.

We love providing excellent plumbing services for local Idaho businesses. Contact Mathews Plumbing for more information about our commercial plumbing services and how we can best serve you and your next construction project.

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Quick Cures for Clogged Drains

6/15/16
By: Karli Willden

Indoor plumbing is quite an amazing system. Water and sewage is directed and maneuvered inside and out of the house through pipes in the walls and ceiling. It works so well it is almost easy to forget about and take for granted, but plumbing has a way of reminding us it is there. Clogged drains, for example, remind you the hard way why it’s important to maintain your plumbing to function properly and last through the years. A little maintenance today could save you a lot of problems tomorrow. If you already have clogged drains in your home, see if you can use some of our quick fix solutions below, or maybe you need to call a plumber.

Where Do Most Clogged Drains Occur?

Clogged drains can occur in any part of the house at any time. Depending on the care and past maintenance of the plumbing, a plumbing issue could arise with the kitchen sink disposal, the bathroom toilet, the bathtub or the shower drain. Often the drains which are mostly likely to get clogged are those which get used the most. Seems logical enough, right? This might be different for your household, but generally the most common clogged drains occur in kitchen drain or toilets. Read on below to see what you need to do for your common household clogged drains.

Need to Know & Have

  1. Toilet Plunger: Use on toilet drain
  2. Cup-style Plunger: Use on any drain, except toilet drain
  3. Drain Snake or Drain Stick
  4. Avoid chemical drain cleaners

Tub/Shower Drain Clogs

Ever been in a bathroom shower or tub that had a clogged drain? If you have, you know what it feels like to be the second person in line, patiently waiting to use the shower or tub. Then, once it is finally your turn, the realization hits you are going to have to wait for the water to slowly drain, or wade in it during your bath or shower. With some easy fixes, however, these drains can be restored to its normal flow. One of the first culprits of a clogged shower or drain is the hair. According to AAD.org, a person normally sheds between 50-100 hairs per day! If you live in a family where several individuals have long hair, you can only imagine it wouldn’t take long for there to be a clogged drain due to hair.  

Tips to Unclog: Remove the hair causing the drain to clog with a drain stick, spring-steel snake, or wire hanger. By using these tools, large clumps of hair causing the plug can be removed.

How to Prevent: Clean hair out of the tub before pulling the plug. As you make this a habit, you would be shocked at how much hair you prevented from going down the drain.

Toilet Drain Clogs

One of the most dreaded clogged drains to have in the house is a clogged toilet. A few common culprits for a clogged toilet might include feminine hygiene products, thick toilet paper, paper towels, dental floss, baby wipes, cotton balls/swabs, and, well, you know the rest. Anything other than toilet paper and natural waste that is flushed can cause significant damage to the plumbing system.

How to Prevent: Make sure only waste and toilet paper are flushed down the toilet, and none of the following below:

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Thick Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Dental Floss
  • Baby Wipes
  • Cotton Balls/Swabs

Tips to Unclog: If the only items flushed were TP and waste, a toilet plunger could work fine. If any of the other items have been flushed, your best bet is to call a plumber. Feminine hygiene products are not made to break up, and they must be removed from the plumbing system. Call a plumber to see if he will need to come out and remove the obstruction in the pipe, before the situation gets worse.

Kitchen Sink Clogs

Sink clogs are all too common in the kitchen. Grease and meal leftovers are often rinsed and washed down the sink, instead of making its way into the trash. Common causes of sink drains include, food, grease and oils.

How to Prevent: Always make sure to throw away grease, oils, shells and skins in the trash and not down the sink.
Tips to Unclog: Use a plunger to work drain, while holding a stopper with your other hand in the other side of the sink. By doing this the right amount of pressure will be created to unstop the clog. If you have a bigger blockage caused by potato skins or eggshells, those can be removed by disassembling the elbow under the sink and removing them. Avoid pouring any chemicals down the drains to unclog the blockage, as it is hard on the pipes. If your kitchen clog issues still persist, give Matthews Plumbing a call at 208-357-3439 for more detailed instructions.

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When to Replace Your Plumbing

5/6/16
By: Karli Willden

Replacing your home plumbing can be expensive. Not replacing your pipes when it is needed, however, can be even more costly. So at what point do you know you should replace your pipes, or if you would be okay to hold off for a while longer? Listed below are a few tips to give you a general idea of when you may or may not need to replace your plumbing. Give Mathews Plumbing a call today for additional questions or service requests at 208-357-3439.

Professional Plumbing Inspection

First, and foremost, getting an expert opinion is never a bad idea. With a plumbing inspection, a professional plumber can take a look at the condition of the plumbing system. Older plumbing systems are much different than modern plumbing systems. Some of the older plumbing systems will have shorter life expectancies and higher risks inherited with them. Only a professional plumber will be able to analyze the condition of the plumbing and tell you whether or not work will need to be done.

Red Flags in Plumbing

  • House Older than 60 years old
  • Yellow/Brown Water
  • Hot Water is Shot
  • Exposed Pipes Show Corrosion
  • Galvanized Pipes
  • Lead and Polybutylene Pipes

Listed above are red flags and indicators to know when you should definitely consider replacing the plumbing in your home or business. Ignoring or postponing these issues could be harmful for your health or lead to an all-out disaster in your home. Especially if you have lead or polybutylene pipes in your home or business, you should give extra caution as lead can be absorbed and later dangerously consumed. Galvanized pipes pose similar threats to the household and should be replaced as soon as possible.

Remodeling & Add Ons

Checking on and replacing your plumbing is not always as simple as changing out a tire on your car. Since plumbing is embedded in walls and not out in the open, there are limited opportunities to inspect and replace the plumbing. Opportunities to check on your plumbing and replace the system may come as you do home remodels or add ons. Since you will already be in construction mode, replacing your plumbing at the same time will be efficient and convenient. Mathews Plumbing has a wealth of experience replacing old plumbing systems. If you are planning a remodel for your home or business in the near future, give us a call and we can talk about what it would take to replace your old, outdated plumbing system.

Older Homes

If you live in an older home and do not plan on doing any remodeling or add ons in the future, then periodically check out the plumbing that is out in the open. By making a point to inspect the plumbing in your home each year, you can prevent any major water or sewage leak from your plumbing. Listed below are the life expectancies of several types of plumbing pipes. Find out what type of pipe is used in your house and make sure to monitor it frequently. Look for signs of water leaks or corrosion on the pipes.

Plumbing Types & Life Expectancy

Brass–80-100 years

Copper–70-80 years

Galvanized steel–80-100 years

For more information on when is the best time to replace old pipe systems, give Mathews Plumbing a call today at 208-357-3439. We would be happy to answer any other questions you may have about your plumbing.

Best Commercial Plumbing Tips

4/4/16
By: Karli Willden

Southeast Idaho Plumbing

If you think a plumbing disaster is the worst at your home, imagine what it would be like to experience a plumbing disaster at your business. With customers to serve, expectations to meet and endless demands to cater, a plumbing disaster is a business owner’s worst nightmare. On top of everything else you have to handle in a day, a plumbing fiasco should not be one of them. Believe it or not, a majority of the time a plumbing disaster in your business can be avoided by regular maintenance. Learn what you can do to save yourself the headache of a costly plumbing disaster.  

Commercial Plumbing Maintenance

  • Pump the Septic Often: A consistent flow of customers using the restrooms at your business means more buildup in the septic at a faster rate. Removing the sludge from your septic tank often is important to avoid future damages to the whole system. When was the last time you have had your septic tank pumped? If it has been longer than 3-5 years it may be time for your septic to be pumped, depending on the age of your business. Give our plumber a call to see if it is time for your septic tank to be pumped.   
  • Do Something about Slow Drains: Businesses that ignore or temporally put off fixing a slow drain often wind up with bigger issues, such as flooding or worse. If your business has slow drains, it is recommended you get a plumber to come to inspect it and make repairs as soon as possible. A drain that is not functioning properly might mean a buildup, but also could be an indicator of bigger problems.
  • Drain Covers: Solid objects that wind up in the pipes can cause a lot of issues. By making sure your business has drain covers in the kitchen and bathroom, you will be able to avoid blockages in the pipe that could result in a major disaster.
  • Frozen Pipes: If you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing, it is important to look out for frozen pipes. Make sure to keep your thermostat temperatures consistent and make sure your pipes are properly insulated. If your pipes have frozen, it is important to take action immediately to thaw the pipes. A blow dryer, a space heater or even heat tape is recommended. Consult with our plumber on other tips to prevent frozen pipes.

Special Tips for Restaurant Owners

  • Pump Grease Trap Regularly: One main cause of clogged pipes is when grease, oils or fats are dumped down the drain and the grease trap is not regularly pumped. Most restaurants should already have a grease trap installed, however, some may need to install a replacement to spare your plumbing issues down the road. If you cannot remember the last time your grease trap was pumped, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a professional plumber.
  • Put Food in Trash Not Drain: Indoor plumbing is not designed to be an indoor trash collector for dumping food and waste down the drain. Restaurant owners, in particularly, ought to make sure food is dumped in the trash cans and not down the sink. By properly disposing food in trash cans, buildup in your pipes can be avoided.
  • Regularly Have Plumbing Inspected: One way to make sure you can avoid an unexpected plumbing blowup is to make sure to have the plumber out frequently to make sure everything’s running smoothly and to diagnose any suspected issues in its early stages. By constantly inspecting and maintaining your plumbing, you can prevent unexpected disasters down the road.

Give Mathews Plumbing a call today at 208-357-3439 to learn more about commercial plumbing tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Southeastern Idaho Plumbers.  

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Thanksgiving Plumbing: What You Need to Know

11/13/2015
By: Karli Willden

Let’s face it, life without indoor plumbing would really stink, quite literally. Can you even imagine what life would be like? I mean, it seems everybody has indoor plumbing, right? Actually, you’d be surprised to find out there are more people, even in America, who don’t have indoor plumbing. According to the American Community Survey, nearly 630,000 of occupied US households lack either a toilet, a shower, a tub, or running water. Can you even imagine that?

The Census Bureau says the average household in America has 2.6 individuals, which means more than 1.6 million people are living without indoor plumbing! And that is just in America, one of the wealthier nations in the world. America has even come a long way, in terms of the number of people who have complete plumbing facilities.

According to the Washington Post, one quarter of U.S households did not have a flush toilet in 1950. That is a big jump from 65 years ago! It is something to be grateful for. Other countries are not yet as fortunate in terms of indoor plumbing and sanitary facilities. Listed below are the top ten countries with the greatest population without bathrooms or sanitary facilities, from the statistics of The Economic Times.

  1. India: 638 million
  2. Indonesians:58 million
  3. China: 50 million
  4. Ethiopia: 49 million
  5. Pakistan: 48 million
  6. Nigeria: 33 million
  7. Sudan: 17 million
  8. Brazil: 13 million
  9. Niger:12 million

In comparison to other countries, our whopping 1.6 million Americans without plumbing looks rather small. As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, plumbing and running water would not be a bad thing to be grateful for. The statistics above show how unfortunate many people are to not have the simple things, such as running water or indoor plumbing. It is often taken for granted in America, until something is not functioning right. Then people realize the convenience of indoor plumbing.

It would be better, however, for Americans to simply be grateful and not have to experience what it is like to not have running water or indoor plumbing. If by chance you do, however, Mathews Plumbing and Heating is always available to do plumbing repairs and provide plumbing services to prevent bigger problems. This Thanksgiving season, Mathews Plumbing provides a few suggestions to help keep your plumbing running smoothly.

Tips to Avoid Plumbing Issues on Thanksgiving:

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  • Turn on the disposal prior to dumping food into it
  • Dump fats and cooking oils in the trash, not down the drain
  • Avoid putting starch waste down the drain, like gravy
  • Pace the number of showers taken with house guests
  • Avoid putting anything other than toilet paper down the toilet, or expect clogs

If you do by chance encounter a plumbing issue around the holidays, Mathews Plumbing and Heating is available to provide for your needs. We love to provide customers these basic necessities of life to ensure the convenience each deserves. If you or your family needs plumbing work done, Mathews Plumbing and Heating would love to assist you. Give Mathews Plumbing a call today at 208-357-3439.