Our Top 10 Plumbing Tips:
Here are our favorite “top 10” Preventive Maintenance Tips, because when it comes to plumbing, prevention is much easier and less costly that repairs. A few simple preventative measures will make your plumbing perform as designed and last longer
1. Washerless faucets offer the best performance and least maintenance. Next time you have a leaky faucet, instead of replacing washers or inserts, upgrade your faucet to a washerless variety.
2. Shower and bathtub drains should have strainers that stop hair and soap from entering the drain. Clean strainers regularly to avoid clogs.
3. Remove mineral deposits from your showerhead to maintain good water flow. If it is severely clogged, replace it.
4. Don’t flush Kleenex in toilets. The paper fibers do not disintegrate like toilet tissue and can cause clogs.
5. Maintain toilet tanks and prevent water waste by replacing the ball or flapper once a year, and upgrade to the most modern tank fill system.
6. Don’t put items like chicken skins, carrots, celery or banana peels in the garbage disposer. The disposer can’t properly grind them up and they may clog the drain.
7. Disconnect outside water hoses. Water left in the hoses can freeze and expand, causing faucets and connecting pipes inside your home to freeze and break.
8. Make sure outside faucets aren’t dripping or leaking.
9. Your water heater works harder during cold weather. Flush it out and remove sediment buildup, which causes corrosion, shortens its life span and reduces heating efficiency. Drain several gallons from the faucet near the bottom of the tank through a hose directed into a nearby drain.
10. Carefully test the water heater’s pressure relief valve (water is very hot) by lifting up on the lever and letting it snap back. The valve should allow a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If not, call a professional to have a new valve installed.