There’s often an Allen wrench that comes with the garbage disposal. I keep it under the sink. When the thing jams, follow the directions in the manual, and I won’t need to come out. Another plumbing tip, don’t believe the myth about putting lemon peels in the disposal to make it smell better. That will just make it jam faster.  These are the things you should never pour down the drain.
Present-day water-supply systems use a network of high-pressure pumps, and pipes in buildings are now made of copper,[25] brass, plastic (particularly cross-linked polyethylene called PEX, which is estimated to be used in 60% of single-family homes[26]), or other nontoxic material. Due to its toxicity, most cities moved away from lead water-supply piping by the 1920s in the United States,[27] although lead pipes were approved by national plumbing codes into the 1980s,[28] and lead was used in plumbing solder for drinking water until it was banned in 1986.[27] Drain and vent lines are made of plastic, steel, cast-iron, or lead.[29][30]

Awesome experience with Charlie's Rooter Service! Our outside area drains were overflowing when it rained and about to flood toward the house.  I called Charlie's and they had Luis come over within an hour.  Luis was super friendly and ready to help when he arrived.  He figured out the problem and snaked the street drain and pulled out a huge clump of roots that were clogging it up!  But there was still some backup flooding on the side that he was able to isolate to get rid of the mud and debris that were clogging that up.  Before leaving, Luis even gave suggestions on how to flush it out periodically to keep things flowing smoothly.  Luis is the best and I would definitely use him for future plumbing problems, highly recommended!


If you have a leaking faucet in your home, it could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year on your water bills. A faulty tap can also lead to the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew. One of our expert technicians can quickly and efficiently take care of repairing or replacing that leaking faucet. We can also take care of installing or repairing any of the other plumbing fixtures in your home, including sinks toilets and showers.
I called BL Plumbing when a small leak started coming out of my shower. They responded quickly and Billy arrived in the afternoon. He diagnosed the problem and proposed a solution including cost. I approved and he went straight to work. Within the hour, the problem was resolved. Billy recommended work that was needed to reduce water pressure for the entire house. I approved the work including cost and Billy had that problem fixed quickly and efficiently. A small leak in the pipe below the shower led to a much needed home improvement. As we finished, Billy and I discussed potential future work and issues regarding maintenance concerning the overall projects completed that day. The entire process was a very positive experience.
When my wife and I (Pat Grogan) started Pat The Plumber in 2005, we saw a need for high-quality plumbing services in Topeka with a focus on customer satisfaction. Since then, we have grown our loyal customer base and now provide full plumbing, heating and air conditioning services and changed our company name to reflect the full range of services offered. We are a family-owned business and take extraordinary pride in the quality of our workmanship and customer satisfaction. Call us today for all your home service needs!
Despite the Romans' common use of lead pipes, their aqueducts rarely poisoned people. Unlike other parts of the world where lead pipes cause poisoning, the Roman water had so much calcium in it that a layer of plaque prevented the water contacting the lead itself. What often causes confusion is the large amount of evidence of widespread lead poisoning, particularly amongst those who would have had easy access to piped water.[14] This was an unfortunate result of lead being used in cookware and as an additive to processed food and drink, for example as a preservative in wine.[15] Roman lead pipe inscriptions provided information on the owner to prevent water theft.

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