Plumbing Tips

Here are some plumbing tips to keep you from having to pay for expensive repairs or new equipment.

Appliances that use water

These tips will keep your dishwashers, washing machines and ice makers running well.

Always run washing machines or dishwashers at night or at other off hours as this will conserve water pressure and temperature.

Check all supply hoses for:

  • Bulges;
  • Leaks;
  • Signs of weakness.

zzz

Always clean the lint filter in the washing machine and put a pantyhose piece or wire trap over the hose ending which drains the washer. Also check to make certain all connections are leak free and tight.

Garbage disposals

Never put waste that is hard-to-grind into the disposals, examples are:

  • Bones;
  • Chicken skins;
  • Carrots;
  • Celery;
  • Or peels from bananas.

They will clog up the drain.

Water that is cold should be through the drain for at least 15 seconds before as well as after using the disposal. This ensures that the waste has gone all the way down the mainline. And always turn on the disposal before running food waste.

Drains

Do not pour any cooking oils and fats down the drain as they will harden in the pipes and will create clogs. All drains need to have strainers to stop hair, soap, and other debris from clogging the drain.

zz

Floors, Basement and Walls

Install a battery-operating flood alarm so that you will know when there is water collecting somewhere. Always check around the toilet base for any signs of water damage. Also check for loose or bulging wall tiles and if you find one press ituntilitcomes in contact with the bathtub. If the wall or the tilesfeels soft, there is a possibility that you might have some damage from water.

Valves

Move the water supply valves under the sinks and the toilets to keep them from sticking.

These are only a few tips – click here to learn more.