Plumbing Tips

GARBAGE DISPOSALS

  • Never put the following items in your garbage disposal: glass, plastic, metal, paper, coffee grounds, egg shells, ice cubes, animal bones, expandable foods such as rice or pasta, anything combustible, cigarette butts, grease, oil, fat, fibrous material like corn husks or celery, large amounts of food at once, and harsh chemicals such as bleach or drain cleaners.
  • Egg shells do not sharpen the blades, they can potentially plug the drain line.
  • Run your garbage disposal regularly. Frequent use avoids rust, corrosion and keeps all parts moving and prevents obstructions from accumulating.
  • Ice cubes do not clean the garbage disposal, they break it!
  • Don’t put lemons into your garbage disposal to freshen your drain, High 5 has a product to safely eliminate odors (ask us about Bio-Clean)
  • Use cold water when operating the disposal and allow the device to finish grinding all materials before turning it off. Let water continue to run for 15 seconds after operation to flush out any remaining particles.

WATER HEATERS

  • Water heaters need to be drained twice a year to remove sediment, not once (even self-cleaning units).
  • There is a difference between Home Depot water heaters and the water heaters provided by a professional
  • Don’t believe all the online reviews on water heaters that you might read.

WATER SHUT-OFF VALVES & PIPES

  • Know where your main water shut off valve is in case of emergencies.
  • Shutting off your water if you’re going to be gone isn’t always a good idea. If it’s going to be really cold, you might want to leave a faucet slowly dripping to help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Resist the urge to lower your thermostat too far to save money if you’re going to be away. Pipes can freeze quickly and break during severe cold weather, causing a far greater expense.
  • Keep an eye on gate valves (multi-turn) as they wear out over time.
  • Get your water pressure tested. It should be between 50-75 psi.

TOILETS

  • Do not use in-tank toilet cleaners. The harsh chemicals eat away at the rubber parts in your tank.
  • Replace your toilet if it was made before 2003. The newer models work more efficiently and use less water.
  • Invest in a good wire brush. Your toilet will work better.
  • Never pour hot water into your toilet as this may cause the porcelain to crack.

DRAIN LINES

  • Run water through every drain at least once a month.
  • Use a drain treatment plan such as Bio-Clean® to prevent problems down the road.
  • Listen for signs of problems in your pipes. They usually give you fair warning before something becomes a problem.