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These 3 Factors Usually Cause Stinky Drains and Smelly Water

Are you troubled by foul odors coming through your drains? Does your water smell bad? In some cases, these problems can be caused by a sewer line break, but that will be accompanied by mold growth, low water pressure throughout your home and soft spots on your lawn. If this sounds familiar, call for help ASAP.

Otherwise, that bad smell is being caused by one of the three following reasons:

1. Your P-Trap is Dry

Your plumbing should have a curved part attached to it that bends downwards. It is usually shaped like a “P”- hence the name.p-trap

It uses gravity to retain a small amount of drain water to act as a natural barrier between the drains and the smelly sewer gases coming from below.

If the water gets out of the trap, there is nothing to prevent the gas from coming into your home.

There are two reasons that the trap might be dry: if you haven’t used the sink, shower, etc. in a long time, the water may simply have dried up.

Running it should eliminate the problem. Also, double check that the seal is intact. That could cause it to run dry as well.

2. Water Heater and the Anode Rod

If your water smells like rotten eggs, it’s your water heater. More specifically, it is the anode rod inside the water heater reacting with various things in your water to create sulfuric gas. That explains why it smells like rotten eggs.

It can be tempting to remove the anode rod altogether, but be careful. Doing so could void your warranty. Switching the existing rod for a new one should do the trick. Some people find using an aluminum anode rod instead to be effective.

3. Ventilation in Pipes

blocked-drainIf there is something blocking your pipes, it not only interferes with the flow of water, it interrupts ventilation too.

A blockage creates sort of a vacuum, where smelly sewer gases get sucked in and up through your drains, rather than the other way around.

It might be that food or organic matter is decomposing in the pipe. If it is the kitchen drain that smells, it is probably food scraps and grease.

Too much hair in the shower drain will smell too. Avoid this problem by getting your drains professionally cleaned.

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Going Green in Your Home

Earth Day 2017 is almost here, and this April 22, you can participate by taking action against environmental degradation and climate change with a few simple changes around the house. And the good news is that going green doesn’t have to cost you anything, and in fact, it could save you money! To help you prepare for Earth Day, here are some plumbing tips so you can go green at home.

Paying Attention to Your Carbon Footprint

carbon-footprintThere are lots of ways that humans increase their carbon footprint without even realizing it, including drinking bottled water, wasting energy, and by relying too much on personal vehicles.

Bottled water: Bottles require plastic, and plastic requires oil. Millions of barrels of oil, in fact, are required just to create enough bottles to accommodate the American demand for bottled water. And to make matter worse, most of those bottles end up in the landfill, where they take about a thousand years to break down.

Energy use: There are probably 10 easy ways you could reduce your energy use in the house immediately. For example, you can turn off lights, gadgets, and electronics that you’re not using. You can also adjust your thermostat by a few degrees and keep the house warmer in summer and cooler in winter, to prevent the air conditioner and furnace from coming on so often. Longer-term energy reduction options include installing LED or CFL lights in place of incandescent bulbs, putting in more insulation, and upgrading to newer energy-efficient appliances.

Vehicles: Unless you drive an electric car that’s powered by renewable energies, then driving to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else increases the size of your carbon footprint. You’ll see an immediate reduction in your carbon footprint if you cut down on the amount you drive, and alternatives include walking, biking, public transportation, and carpooling.

Addressing Water and Energy Use in the Home

There are several ways you can reduce the amount of water and energy you use in the house, and they involve installing environmentally friendly models to replace appliances and fixtures you’re already using:

save-waterPlumbing fixtures: Eco-friendly plumbing fixtures, like toilets, shower heads, and faucets, are designed to use less water than their older counterparts. For example, a typical toilet uses 7 gallons of water per flush, whereas a low-flow one uses fewer than 2 gallons.

This can put a huge dent in the water that’s wasted in your house since toilets alone account for nearly 30 percent of all household water use.

Similarly, water-efficient faucets and shower heads will drastically reduce the amount of water that flows from your taps each minute, and over the year, these water-saving fixtures will save you thousands of gallons of water.

Water heaters: Traditional water heaters only last 10 years, so there’s a good chance you’ll be due for an upgrade within the next few years. This is a perfect opportunity to upgrade to a tankless heater, which will use about 30 percent less energy, cut out the amount of energy that your current storage-tank water heater wastes from standby loss, guarantee your family always has enough hot water, and give you an extra 10 years of life compared to a tank-style heater.

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Remember World Water Day on March 22

March 21, 2017

Remember World Water Day on March 22 World Water Day has become synonymous with conservation campaigns around the world. Slowly, we’re realizing the true extent of the environmental issues we face. Currently, 1 out of 10 people lacks access to clean drinking water. And 1 in 3 lacks access to safe toilet facilities. These issues […]

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Which Way Does Your Toilet Bowl Swirl?

March 10, 2017

Which Way Does Your Toilet Bowl Swirl? Sometimes it’s the little things that make us wonder how they came to be that way… Do you know which direction your toilet bowl swirls? Take the video quiz below to find out! You may be surprised to see what you find. The experts at Green Hills Plumbing, […]

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All About Planning For a Healthy New Year

February 17, 2017

All About Planning For a Healthy New Year It’s a new year. A time for people everywhere to put plans in motion to lead healthier lives. For some, it’s a vow to exercise more regularly. Others decide they will eat better. It’s also vitally important to ensure that your home environment promotes good health. Many […]

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DEFENSE: Protecting Your Pipes During Super Bowl LI

February 3, 2017

DEFENSE: Protecting Your Pipes During Super Bowl LI   Halftime Flush, Fact or Fiction? If you are a Super Bowl fan, then you have probably heard that thousands of spectators who are watching the game at home will flush their toilets at the same time during Half Time. Some of these stories are true because […]

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Follow These Useful Frozen Pipe Prevention and Thawing Tips

January 27, 2017

It doesn’t have to be very cold outside for the water in your pipes to freeze. It may not seem like a big deal, but frozen pipes will often burst, which can cause substantial damage to your home and property. Eliminate the stress and the cost by following these hands-on tips. Thaw Frozen Pipes Quickly […]

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Home Cleaning Checklist for the New Year

January 14, 2017

The New Year is an opportunity for a fresh start, and what better way to get a fresh start than to establish a quick but efficient way to clean your house. Sticking to a schedule for things that you do on a daily, weekly or monthly basis can help motivate you to keep your house […]

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How to Prevent Stubborn Plumbing Headaches and Enjoy Your Holiday Season

December 22, 2016

How to Prevent Stubborn Plumbing Headaches and Enjoy Your Holiday Season You’ve got enough on your plate during the holiday season without adding the stress and frustration that come with annoying plumbing problems. By taking a few simple steps, you can easily prevent stubborn plumbing headaches so you can stop worrying about the pipes and […]

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions

December 12, 2016

Setting New Year’s Resolutions With the year dwindling to a close, many people are engaging in self-reflection. They are thinking about all of the things they have accomplished and what more they could have done. Many will reflect on issues relating to self-control, such as weight loss or kicking an old habit, like smoking. However, […]

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