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Grilling Safety: Propane BBQ Edition

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Grilled food can really hit the spot on nice Arizona days. Before you use your BBQ, make sure that you keep these grilling safety tips in mind. This helps ensure that you and your family can enjoy grilled dinners without any trouble.

Store Propane Tanks Properly

Grilling safety involves storing propane tanks properly. Tanks for gas grills can easily become a hazard. Store these tanks in a vertical and upright position. Also make sure they are kept far away from any heat or ignition sources, such as lighters or matches. If you have a gas line for your grill, you don’t have to deal with propane tanks at all.

Turn the Grill on Safely

Another important grilling safety tip is to make sure that you turn the grill on correctly. This involves opening the lid and turning the propane on. After this is done, turn the knobs for the burners, then push the ignition. Doing this the right way lowers the risk of fires and other accidents.

Never Use Lighter Fluid

Never use lighter fluid to ignite a gas grill. Lighter fluid is a major fire hazard when it isn’t used properly. You will avoid having to worry about this if you have a gas grill with its own natural gas line installed.

Check for Leaks

Gas leaks can occur when you use propane tanks for your grill. You should check for leaks by putting a solution of water and light soap on the gas tank hose. If you see bubbles, this means you have a gas leak that needs to be fixed by a professional right away. Grills with a gas line have a lower risk of ending up with these leaks.

Don’t Reignite Right Away

If your grill doesn’t ignite, don’t light it again right away. You could have gas in the air that needs time to clear out. Lighting it again immediately could result in a fire and serious injuries. Wait for 5 minutes before you try to ignite your gas grill again.

Keep Your Grill Clean

Grilling safety includes making sure that your gas grill stays in good condition. Grease and other debris can build up over time, which can increase the risk of a fire. Clean debris off your grill and from the tray under it. You should wait for your grill to cool before cleaning it. Getting into the habit of doing this after using your grill each time means you won’t have to scrape a lot of debris off later on.

Turn Your Grill Off Properly

When it comes to grilling safety, it’s important to ensure that you turn your grill off the right way. This reduces the risk of injuries and accidents. You’ll need to turn the gas tank off before shutting off the gas burners. Make sure that your propane cylinder valve is fully closed to prevent gas from leaking. With a gas line grill, all you have to do is shut it off without having to deal with any tanks.

If you’re ready to install a gas line for your grilling area, contact Forrest Anderson. We can ensure that this is done properly for your safety.

What You Need to Know About an Ice Maker Water Line

If you want cold water and ice from your fridge and you don’t have an ice maker water line behind it, you’ll need one installed. This is especially true if you have an RO System (reverse osmosis). Before you go ahead and order your fridge, consider some basic information about having an ice maker water line installed in your home.

Considerations when running an ice maker water line

  • Beware of kinks and bends in the line itself. An improperly installed line with kinks in it can cause your water flow to be diminished. A bent or kinked line can occur with a plastic as well as with a copper line.
  • Avoid sharp edges anywhere near your water line. This is especially true when using a plastic water line. If a sharp object ever does puncture your line, you’ll have to run the line again.
  • Run a properly-sized water line. Sometimes it pays to leave a little slack on the ice maker water line. This will allow you to fully slide the refrigerator away from the wall without having to disconnect your line.
  • If your water pressure is low you may need to install a pump. Expect to pay between $150 and $250 for the pump itself, plus labor if this part is necessary.

How will your kitchen be affected?

In most cases, holes will be drilled. The question is whether they’re drilled in cabinets, walls, floors, a combination of these — or all of the above. In any case, don’t be alarmed when your plumbing contractor begins drilling a half inch hole inside your kitchen cabinets. Aside from some carefully placed holes to feed the new ice maker water line, your kitchen shouldn’t be drastically altered in any other way you’d easily notice.

Old fridge? Give it a good cleaning

If you’re moving an existing fridge to a new location or into a new home, give it a good cleaning before hooking up your new ice maker water line. A simple flushing with vinegar will do the trick. Ask your home contractor if they’re willing to do this for you while they’re working on your line. It’s also a good idea to do a cleaning if you’re buying and installing a used refrigerator.

One and done

Your refrigerator fits snugly into its predesignated space. The last thing you want is to be constantly wiggling your fridge out of its spot for an ice maker water line repair. To avoid this, make sure the job is done properly the first time. Thankfully, as home improvement projects go, an ice maker water line installation is actually rather straight-forward.

Can I do it myself?

While there are DIY ice maker water line installation kits available at your local home improvement store, you may want to consider your level of experience. The project will involve drilling, running pipes, and occasionally having to respond to leaks in real time.

DIY ice maker water line kits are affordable and many do claim to be “all you need” to do the job. However, what doesn’t come in the box is plumbing experience. A qualified plumber will avoid common mistakes and adhere to best practices. If plumbing isn’t your fortĂ©, definitely bring a professional in for this project.

If you’re ready to run an ice maker water line and want the expertise of the professionals, call Forrest Anderson’s team of qualified water line installation specialists. We’ll ensure your water line is properly installed so you can enjoy cold water and ice for years to come!

Protect Your Family from Chromium 6 in Arizona

We all want to protect our families. After all, it’s just part of our human nature. But have you considered the levels of chromium 6 in Arizona water supplies? You may not have even heard of this element or know how it could be hurting your family.

What is Chromium 6?

Chromium is a tasteless and odorless metallic element. It is found naturally in plants, rocks, soil, and volcanic dust. It is the 21st most abundant element in earth’s crust. A major source of chromium 6 in drinking water originates from volcanic geologic formations. The other way we get chromium 6 in Arizona water is from factories, who’s pollution contaminates our water supply.

When you add chromium 6 and chromium 3 together you create chromium, the metal. While 3 is a required nutrient with low toxicity, chromium 6 is toxic and has been known to cause cancer when consumed. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lumps them together, assuming that chromium measurements are 100% chromium 6.

The Dangers of Chromium 6 in Arizona

The movie Erin Brockovich brought concerns about chromium 6 to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, studies have been conducted on the element’s pervasiveness in our water supply.

A 2013 study by the Environmental Working Group found chromium 6 in Arizona as well as in most states in the country. In fact, 31 of 35 cities tested for the element. According to the study, chromium 6 exceeded the California EPA’s goal of .02 parts per million in every city where it showed up.

How to Protect Your Family from Chromium 6

Thankfully, there is a relatively simple fix to protect your family from the dangers of chromium 6 in Arizona drinking water. The solution is as easy as purchasing a new water-filtration system.

Many reverse osmosis filters have been certified to remove chromium 6 in Arizona, in addition to other contaminants. This cost-effective solution makes your drinking water safe, plus it will taste better too.

Reverse osmosis works by filtering water through a semipermeable membrane. Think of it as a coffee filter, through which the water flows, leaving trace elements behind. In addition to chromium 6, reverse osmosis will remove arsenic, barium, copper, lead, and fluoride.

Reverse osmosis removes significantly more contaminants from water than standard carbon filters.

Contact Forrest Anderson for More Information

While the thought of chromium 6 in Arizona drinking water may be new to you, it’s not new to Forrest Anderson. We help customers choose and purchase reverse osmosis systems to protect their families. Plus, we maintain and service them as well. Contact us to learn more and to clean up your water.

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3 Ways to Get Better Tasting Water

Your family’s health is important to you, and you want to do everything you can to promote good health in your home. One of the ways to do that is to get them to drink more water. “But the water doesn’t taste good,” you may hear from the kids. Thankfully, there are a few tricks to get better tasting water.

1. Add a Carbon Filter

Filters are a must have for better tasting water. Carbon filters remove water and taste, while sediment filters remove floating particles in the water.

According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a carbon filter is the only recommended treatment for all 32 chemical contaminants, 14 pesticides, and 12 herbicides found in chlorinated tap water.

Carbon has long been used to filter and maintain water. The Egyptians first recognized this use when they stored water in charcoal. Since then, carbon has been a standard component in water treatment.

2. Get a Water Softener

Hard water is common in the Phoenix area. An overabundance of minerals in the water cause the pure water molecules to be heavier and harder. The two big causes for hard water are the minerals calcium and magnesium. One sure-fire way to get better tasting water is to install a water softener to remove these minerals. This simple device removes the majority of excess minerals and leaves water to be nearly tasteless.

But that’s not all a water softener can do for your home. You’ll spend a whole lot less time cleaning as well because it removes calcium from your tap water. You’ll have spot-free dishes out of the dishwasher, no soap scum, and lime scale will be a thing of the past. Plus, your pipes won’t suffer from scale buildup, helping them to last longer and run faster.

3. Install a Reverse Osmosis System

Reverse osmosis is used to make the bottled water you buy at the store. That’s because it’s the most effective technology known to produce better tasting water.

A reverse osmosis system forces tap water through a semi-permeable membrane (a filter), which pulls out the particles and unwanted substances that are causing your water to taste bad. The process removes nearly 90% of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals.

Help for Better Tasting Water

If you’re unsure what’s at the core of your water issues, contact Forrest Anderson. We’ll do an assessment and provide solutions to get better tasting water, including filters, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems. Call us today to learn how you and your family can start drinking more, better tasting water.

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