An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward keeping your home’s plumbing in top-working order and help you avoid costly repairs in the process! A Better Plumbing Service would like to provide you with the following tips.
Faucets and Sinks
- Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. Always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes.
- Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
- Be sure to disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets before winter.
- Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner’s manual.
- At least once every three months, drain water from the tank. Over time sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance, and draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment.
- You should also periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to check it out.
- A worn toilet flapper can leak silently and waste water and money. Check toilet flappers regularly for wear and replace as needed.
- To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly.
- Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink as they can create clogs.
- Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them.
- Using plenty of cold water when running it.
- Make sure you avoid overloading it.
- Never dispose of things like bones or corn husks.
Please note: While we have done our best to offer useful information, these tips are only suggestions, and we recommend you contact a licensed plumber.
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