Thanksgiving plumbing problems and ways to avoid them

As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like to remind you of some common holiday plumbing problems and ways to avoid them. It is always the same typical plumbing problems every Thanksgiving.

  • Kitchen sink drain clogs
  • Damaged garbage disposals
  • Overflowing toilets and drains

While we are happy to serve our customers, our customers can take extra steps to prepare for plumbing emergencies.

Here are some tips to avoid Thanksgiving plumbing problems at home

  • Double check that all bathrooms have toilet bowl plungers. If the clog is really bad, we recommend that you DON’T try homemade chemicals.
  • During cooking and cleanup keep FOG in mind. FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease. Never pour any of these down your sink or toilets.
  •  Your disposal can be a handy tool, but it can only handle so much at a time. Keep all fibrous foods, grease, rice, pasta and bones out of the disposal.

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Now Hiring an HVAC Technician/Installer

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air is a family-owned company operating since 1967 with a solid record and high performance, financial stability and growth. We offer a great culture, competitive pay, matching IRA, holidays, sick and paid vacations. You can be part of one of the long-term plumbing, heating & air companies in the area where your contributions matter and are recognized!

Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air is hiring for a residential HVAC technician position.

• Install, repair and maintains mechanical and electrical systems on heating and cooling equipment
• Monitors and inspects work to insure compliance with codes and regulations
• Picks up and delivers parts
• Investigates heating and air complaints
• Installs humidifiers and dehumidifiers
• Sales and estimates
• Prepare written documentation for invoicing as required for office

• Leadership: In absence of Manager, provides supervision to others through motivation, direction, review and feedback of assigned tasks.
• Direction: routine duties are performed with minimal supervision; standard practices or procedures allow me to proceed alone at routine work; occasional work is checked while in progress; work is checked upon completion.
• Safety: Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and Human Resources
• Teamwork: Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

Education: High school diploma or GED, NATE Certified
Full understanding of HVAC systems, operation and maintenance requirements
Current driver’s license with clean driving record

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Household Drains

Household Drain

A household drain can seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste. Drains aren’t designed to accommodate these materials. You may end up with a nasty clog and the need for a professional plumber to resolve the problem at your expense.

It’s simpler and less expensive to keep things that don’t belong in your drains out of your drains in the first place. Here’s a list of top items to never put down the drain:

·       Grease and fat

·       Coffee grounds

·       Egg Shells

·       Rice and pasta products. These foods do not disintegrate but swell inside your pipes, eventually obstructing flow.

·       Hair. It’s another ingredient of the sludge that forms inside plumbing and causes clogs. Place hair strainers over drains.

·       Cat litter. This is very water-absorbent and thus extremely hard to clear out of your plumbing once it causes a clog.

·       Nail polish remover and other solvents. Prescription and over-the-counter medicine and personal care products.

For a clogged drain or other plumbing issues call Jim Russell Plumbing, Heating & Air at 317-873-5773 today! 

Prepare Your A/C Unit for Spring

Spring has finally arrived, and soon we can expect the warmer weather to settle in for the season. While you enjoy these nice, mild temperatures, you may want to think ahead about the current state of your air conditioner and how it will fare this summer.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How old is your A/C unit?
  • Does your A/C make loud noises?
  • Does your home feel humid in the summer?
  • Are there hot and cold spots in your home?

To learn more about how to set yourself up for a comfortable spring and summer season contact us today at 317.873.5773 or

3 Reasons to Lower Your Water Heater's Temperature

You may not be aware that you can lower your water heater temperature. As long as water is hot enough for daily use, most homeowners never give it a second thought. Water heating is the second largest energy hog in your home. But proper water temperature shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Here are some reasons to check your thermostat settings yourself and perhaps lower your water heater’s temperature:

• Water above 120 degrees accelerates the accumulation of hard water mineral sediment, especially common calcium carbonate, inside the tank. Sediment accumulation is a trigger for water heater tank corrosion and shortens the expected service life of the water heater. 

• Water above 120 degrees increases the risk of scalding. Exposure to water at a temperature of 140 degrees can cause severe scalding in as little as 5 seconds of exposure. This is especially dangerous in homes with small children, the elderly, or others who may not be agile enough to quickly react to scalding water.

• Water above 120 degrees causes excessive standby heat loss. Hotter water stored in the tank cools faster. This means that a unit on standby re-lights the burner more frequently to compensate for heat loss and to bring the water temperature back up to thermostat settings. Frequent burner cycles waste energy and increase operating costs. The average home spends about $300 - $600 per year for hot water from a water heater. Lowering the temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees can reduce standby heat loss and save up to 15% in annual water heating expense.