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Is Your Toilet Paper Clogging Your Toilet?

B.107 Plumbing Toilet Paper

Strong and soft may be good for your derriere; however, it could be wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. The softest, most visual appealing papers with patterns and printed designs take longer to break down.  If your plumbing system is on the older side it could lead to clogging or sewer backups.  To avoid causing stress to your plumbing system there’s a few things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect toilet paper!

Thick pros:
-Because the paper is thicker you can use fewer squares which may make the thicker ply less expensive depending on your use
-Thicker toilet paper = softer and more comfortable to use
– Depending on the brand, you can shop for eco-friendly options made from 100% recycled fibers

Thin pros:
-1 ply paper is typically less expensive per sheet
-Technological advances have made 1 PLY toilet paper softer and more absorbent over time
-Less paper per sheet means less trees being cut down to produce the roll.

 If your plumbing leads to a private septic tank you must be clued in on the type of paper you use for your system.
-Avoid brands which have softening additives making the paper more difficult to break down
-Save money and take less risks by sticking with 1 ply paper
-Keep an eye out for “rapid dissolving” key words on the product label
-Choose an eco-friendly option made of recycled fibers which will be less harmful on your plumbing system
-Always remember to never flush other paper products down your toilet as these items will not break down in the septic tank and can cause disastrous clogs in your toilet

When it really comes down to it, it’s all about finding that balance between comfort softness, the level of dissolvability your toilet can handle and your personal desired use of toilet paper wad!  Everyone is different so you may need to go through a little trial and error.

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Common Problems During Peak AC Season

B.106 Peak AC Probs

While there is a long list of different problems that may arise with your air conditioner, and need to be looked at by a professional, there is also a short list of the most common problems that may arise in peak AC season. Knowing a few of the most common problems can help you to better prepare when the discussion comes up with your technician to resolve the problem. Here’s a list of 5 common AC problems during peak AC season that may trigger you to pick up the phone and dial B-E-L-O-M-A-N:

“The electrical components failed”: faulty wiring with your AC unit can be a possible fire hazard and cause your unit to not perform as it should.  If you are experiencing an electrical issue it’s best precautions to contact a qualified electrician.

“The air isn’t cool”: if your AC is not cooling like you think it should be it could mean your system is experiencing a leak and you are low on Freon.  A professional will be able to check for leaks to repair the issue and recharge the unit.

“The fan isn’t turning on”: if the fan on your outside unit isn’t performing correctly, proper heat transfer cannot take place which can cause the compressor to overheat

“It’s just not working”: a completely dysfunctional unit could mean something as little as a thermostat issue but it should definitely be addressed by a professional to determine the exact problem at hand

“I have frost on my unit”: if you go outside to check your unit and see it has become frozen it could be a filter, ductwork, or refrigerant problem.  In order for a technician to repair the problem you’ll need to allow the unit some time to thaw.

The best advice to avoid problems during peak AC season leaving you feeling aggravated and hot is to participate in a preventative maintenance program. When you join our Discount Club Membership you’ll be in a club of benefits!

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Unclog You Sink in 5 Easy Steps

B.105 Unclog Sink in 5 Steps

If you’ve ever found yourself hurrying to get ready and out the door, but suddenly as you’re at the sink to wash your hands or brush your teeth, it decides to not drain–you know how big of a pain it can be!  To avoid that little porcelain bowl from ruining your day there are 5 easy step you can take to quickly unclog your sink!

Steps:
1. Disconnect the sink stopper: The most common problem for sink clogs is due to gunk around the stopper.  In order to check this area out, you must first disconnect it.  Under the sink you’ll find a metal strip with holes in in that you’ll need to unscrew and pull the rod out of the pop-up assembly to disconnect it from the stopper.
2. Remove and clean the sink stopper
: After you can assure that the stopper is disconnected you can now lift the stopper out of the drain and clean away all of the gunk stuck to it.
3. Snake the drain: If you still see gunk down the drain once you’ve cleaned the stopper you may need to snake the drain.  This will help grab onto any obstructions in its path that is clogging the pathway for water to drain.
4. Reinstall the sink stopper: Once completing steps 1-3 you can now reinstall the sink stopper and check the flow of water down the drain.  If everything is properly draining you’re back in business!  If you’re still having issues with the sink draining, there’s another place to check…
5. Check the p-trap: The p-trap is the elbow part of the piping under your sink.  Place the bucket underneath it and unscrew the connectors holding it in place, dump the water and gunk from the elbow into the bucket and reattach it.
If steps 1-5 don’t go as planed you can always call the BELOMAN!  A trained and courteous plumber at BELOMAN can handle the job!

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How To: Safely Freshen Your Home Without Harmful Air Fresheners

B.104 Air Fresheners IAQ

Have you ever wondered what you’re really spraying into the air when your grab the nearest aerosol can with flowers or fresh linen on it? Turns out while these air fresheners do mask odors for a temporary time, they do actually have harmful components to them.  Instead of using air fresheners to temporarily mask odors there are more healthy ways to keep the indoor air quality in your home up to par.

Why Can Be Harmful?
Allergens: according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology all chemical fresheners contain irritants to the airway.
VOCs: are known allergens according to the US Environmental Protection Agency that can produce eye/nose/throat irritation, nausea, headaches, as well as damage to liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.
Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen is found in significant amounts of electric air fresheners. When combined with other household air fresheners the exposure is compounded and can result in eye/nose/throat irritation, coughing, wheezing, bronchitis and dizziness.
Phthalates: hormone-disrupting chemicals found in 12 of 14 studied air fresheners may pose a health risk to babies and young children.
1,4 dichlorobenzene: harmful to lungs and found to result in liver cancer in mice with lifetime exposure.

How to Safely Freshen Your Home:
Ventilate ventilate ventilate: when your home has proper ventilation odors will be masked naturally rather than with air fresheners.
Open those windows: out with the old stale confined air and in with the new fresh air!-Baking soda: baking soda has been to absorb and neutralize smells when given exposure.
White vinegar: if you are experiencing tough odors an open container of white vinegar will surely do the trick.
Spices: start a pot of boiling water on your stove and pop in a few of your favorite smelling spices to fill throughout your home.
Essential oils: not to be confused with fragrance oils, essential oils are safe and effective.  By adding a few drops to a diffuser or to cotton balls scattered in problematic areas you’ll be on your way to a healthy fresh home.

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How To: Prevent a Vacation Plumbing Disaster

B.103 Plumbing Summer Vacation

Summer months are upon us and the planning of summer vacations is in full gear. Along with planning excursions, what to pack and who’s going to take care of the family pet there’s also a list of tasks to get your home ready for your long leave of absence. Although reprogramming your thermostat while you’re away is a good start—your plumbing should not be left on the back burner! In order to leave your home feeling completely confident that you’ll return to a happy home your household plumbing system will need some quick-and-easy preparation as well.

Picture this: you’re sitting on your couch watching your favorite TV show when a pipe in your home decides to spring a leak—you rush for the nearest bucket or empty trashcan to quickly catch the water then sprint to the shut off valve. Now…picture all of this happening while you’re instead relaxing on the beach soaking in the sun.  This can be a catastrophe that can be easily avoided by simply shutting off the main water supply.  Along with shutting off the main water supply there’s also a few more adjustments to extend your savings even more.  If you have an automatic ice maker, it might be a good idea to shut it down before you leave to help save a little extra water.  This is also the case if you have a water softening system.  You can also turn off your water heater if no one will be in the home to enjoy taking a hot shower so there isn’t a need to keep it running. These are just a few of the options to plan ahead for your plumbing and extended trip away from home!

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Gift Ideas to Keep Your Cool Dad Cool

B.102 Fathers Day Cool Dad

Is your Dad like most males and is always complaining that he’s hot?  In this case, the real gift he’ll want is a cool house and a smoothly running air conditioner.  The perfect gift for Dad is a gift that will help him stay cool all summer long!  Here’s a list of Father’s Day gift ideas to make your Dad cooler than cool:

Smart Thermostat: With a smart thermostat, Dad can connect from anywhere he is able to connect to Wi-Fi using a smart device and connect to the thermostat.  This will help Dad to be comfortable when he gets back home from a work trip or a long day at the office.  There are even some that can learn his behavior of setting the thermostat to automatically maximize efficiency.
Tree for the Yard: Does your Dad like spending time in the yard but always complains about too much sun?  A shade tree could do the trick!  You could also strategically plant the tree so that less sun enters the windows allowing less heat into the home and allowing the AC unit to not work as hard.
Bladeless Fan: Is your dad a big fan guy?  If so, a bladeless fan could be the perfect gift option for him.  These sleek modern fans provide all of the air of a traditional fan without all of the loud noise and a more polished look.  This can definitely be a temporary fix to a larger cooling problem for the time being.
Cooling Neck Wrap: Wanting something your Dad can use to cool down while on the go?  With a cooling neck tie Dad can keep it around his neck to help relieve some of the heat.
AC Maintenance: Is your Dad a forgetful guy?  If so, a voucher for an AC maintenance call from your locally owned and trusted HVAC company is the perfect gift to keep him safe and cool!

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Help! My AC is Making a Strange Sound!

B.101 AC Strange Sounds

Is your air conditioner making a strange sound and leaving you with an uneasy feeling?  We’ve put together a list of several common AC sounds and what they could mean.  As always if you feel uneasy about the situation it’s best to contact a licensed and trained professional!

Clicking at startup: this sound may indicate that there is hardware loose inside the unit and springs or bolts have become lodged inside.
Squealing at startup: if you hear this sound there is usually nothing if it’s a brief; however, if this is a new sound you’re hearing and it’s never done it before, it may be in need of a repair.
Hissing: if you hear hissing it’s a good indicator that you have a refrigerant line leak and should have a technician address the problem very soon.
Bubbling: a bubbling sound can be due to a slow leak or gas bubbles in the line.  Call the BELOMAN to have a professional check for a leak and repair.
Animal sounds: your AC is not a living and breathing animal so any sign of animal sounds is not good.  It’s possible that an animal has made its way into your duct work or trapped itself inside your AC unit. Call our pest department for help!
Rumbling: rumbling is warning sign that internal fan may be broken.
Banging: if you’re hearing a lot of banging noises coming from your AC it could mean that some kind of internal mounts or part inside are loose.  It’s also a symptom to replace the compressor.
Buzzing: a buzzing sound coming from your AC might be due to burning of wiring. A good idea would be to check connections for indicators of the sound.  Always contact a professional as electrical components can be very dangerous!
Rattling: although everything may appear okay from the outside, this sound could mean the motor mounts have failed and may be hitting around on the inside.
Screaming: all screaming is a very alarming sound but screaming dealing with you AC could mean that the high pressure sensor is malfunctioning  and it may be good idea to turn unit off.

One way to reduce the amount of times you encounter strange AC sounds is to keep up with bi-annual maintenance.  If you ever feel uneasy about an alarming sound coming from your AC it’s always best to contact your local and trusted HVAC company.  The BELOMAN is always here to help by providing 24/7 emergency service!

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