Below are some plumbing tips and tricks weve collected over the years.
Faucets and Sinks
  • Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
  • Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanity are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.
Water Heater
  • Every year, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage and the anode rods for corrosion.
  • Periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If its mostly yellow or if its sooty under there, then your flue may be clogged which is a dangerous situation. Contact a service professional to check it out immediately.
  • Always remember not to overload your dishwasher.
  • Use a lime deposit in the soap tray to clean dirty racks. Put the machine on heat dry.
  • At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank. Check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, then water is seeping through from the tank. You may need to replace some parts of the internal tank in order to stop the seepage. Toilets are one of the leading costs of water waste which leads to a higher water bill.
  • Never put chlorine tablets into the toilet tank. Chlorine causes damage to flappers and other rubber parts which lead to inside and outside leaks.
  • To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips. Clean the strainer regularly.
  • Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients can severely damage the pipes. If you cant snake the drain yourself, contact a service technician.
  • You can avoid clogging your garbage disposal and kitchen sink drain by running water 10 to 20 seconds after you're done grinding waste food.
Garbage Disposal
  • If your disposal stops working, check the safety button located on the bottom of the disposal or the fuse box.
  • Occasionally grind ice cubes and add box of baking soda to reduce the odor in your disposal. Press the cubes down with a wooden spoon and not your hand.
  • Occasionally grind ice cubes to sharpen the blades.
You can extend the life of your garbage disposal by:
  • Never disposing of things like bones or corn husks.
  • Using plenty of cold water when running it.
  • Never using a caustic drain opener.

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