PLUMBING TIPS

Choose a Professional & Experienced Plumber

Choosing the right plumber will increase your chances of being 100% satisfied. By following our plumbing tips, you can improve your chances of finding a professional plumber who will do your job right. It is helpful when you can speak to a live person when you call, especially in an emergency.

Faucets & Sinks

Are some of the most used fixtures in a home and as a result get the most wear and tear.

  • Remove and clean aerators once a year for proper functioning and ensure an even flow.
  • Remove Calcium Deposits from Faucet Spouts; Wipe the encrusted calcium from the faucet using white vinegar, lemon juice, or liquid cleaner. Fill a small bag with white vinegar and tie it around the spigot and leave overnight.

Shower Heads

Remove shower head and place on a cube fill with white vinegar for 30 minutes. Remove and rinse shower head. Re install shower head and let the water run for two minutes.

Toilets, Water Closet, The Loo

  • No matter what you call it there is no more important and useful appliance. Toilet’s use the most water out of any other appliance, a water leak on a toilet can easily double the water consumption on a house. Water closet leaks are not always noticeable. To check if there is an internal leak, put food coloring in the tank and check the bowl after 5 minutes. If the water on the bowl changes color there is leak on the tank. This test should be performed once a year.
  • A slow flushing water closet can result on overflows and or backups and should never be ignored.
  • Nothing but toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet. Flushing of sanitary items and or baby wipes and usage of drop in cleaner tabs is not recommended and results on overflows and backups.

Garbage Disposal

Never put your hand in the garbage disposal. Use cold water, hot water can cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing clogs. Keep your garbage disposal clean by grinding citrus peels (lemon, oranges) to help eliminate foul smells. Grinding egg shells or small fruit pits to clean disposal’s walls.

Water Heater

Water heaters should be inspected by a professional every two years to diagnose potential problems. Sediment buildup at the bottom of the tank can result in hammering and poor heater performance, to prevent buildup drain the water from the tank once every 3 to 6 months.

  • Gas Heater: periodically check the pilot light. The light should be blue with a yellow tip, if the light is a solid yellow, the heater needs to be serviced. Make sure there is no excessive soot build up as this can result on a clogged flue pipe.
  • Electric Heater: Check for rust at the base and top of the heater and the relief valve.

Dropping Your Phone in the Toilet

  • Pat it dry with a paper towel, then remove the battery and dry the battery and battery recess as much as possible. If away from home, wrap them separately in an unused and dry paper towel.
  • As soon as you can, place the phone and battery in a bowl or resealable plastic bag with uncooked rice, enough to completely cover them.
  • Make sure the phone and battery do not touch, and allow them to sit in the rice for a full day.
  • Remove any dust from the rice before reassembling the phone and battery.

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