Prevention is always better than cure, and that is the most basic principle to keep your plumbing system in running condition. When left untreated, small problems can lead to serious complications that will cost expensive repairs and replacements. Here at Ted’s plumbing, we want you to learn basic plumbing repairs and maintenance of your plumbing system.
For Your Faucets and Sinks
- Small drips may not look much, but in the course of one month, they can be tens of gallons a day, which eventually leads to thousands of gallons of wasted water a year. Last thing you want is to pay for expensive bill for wasted water. Thus, make sure you fix leaky faucets as soon as possible and check for small leaks or even signs of moisture under the sink and inspect pipes and fixtures.
- Inspect the overflow holes on tubs and vanity; make sure they are open and clear to prevent water from damaging your ceiling and floors.
- Remove and clean faucet aerators at least once a year to ensure even water flow
For Your Water Heating System
- Familiarize yourself with your water heater’s system by reading the owner’s manual before doing any maintenance. Make sure you shut off power or gas to water heater before doing anything cleaning or repair as well.
- Drain water from the tank every couple of months. Overtime, water sediments will build up at the bottom of the heater, which can compromise the heater’s performance. Draining it will remove the sediments as well.
- Check your water heater burner from time to time. The fire underneath the heater should be primarily blue in color with yellow on its tips. If the fire looks mostly yellow or if it looks sooty under there, then there’s a good chance your flue is clogged, which is a very dangerous situation. This problem needs professional service, you can call us to have it fixed in no time.
- Your water heater should be inspected by a professional technician every couple of years. Professional service technicians will check for signs of leakage along the drain valve and look for signs of corrosion on the anode rods. They will then suggest the best remedy to control and fix the problem, should there be any.
For Your Toilets
- Toilet leaks are not only wasteful and expensive. The foul smell can slip inside your house as well. Thus, it is important to check for leaks on your toilet at least once a year. One quick trick you can do is to pour a small amount of food coloring to your tank and check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored, then it means water is slipping through from the tank. Thus, you should replace the tank ball.
- Clog is one of the most common problems in plumbing. To keep your shower and tub drains from clogging, make sure you catch hair, soap chips and various sediments by fitting a strainer. Of course, you need to clean the strainer regularly.
- Never rinse cooking oil or fats down the kitchen. Fats can easily solidify in cold pipes causing it to clog.
- Stay away from caustic liquid drain openers (such as Drano or Liquid Plumber) for clogged drains. Their caustic ingredients can get trapped inside the pipes and damage them over time. If you can’t clean the drain yourself, then you call a professional to do the job for you.
Extend the life of the garbage disposal by:
- Not disposing the likes of bones and corn husk in it
- Not Avoid overloading
- Using cold water when running it
- Not using caustic drain opener
- Avoid overwatering your soil by using a timer. Also, water only when needed.
- Remember that the soil in your yard can only absorb a limited amount of water. Thus, avoid runoff by investing on automatic sprinklers for a thorough, even and infrequent watering of your soil.
- Make sure water from your sprinklers get to the soil and not on to the driveways or walkways.
- Keep your water from evaporation by watering during the cool time of the day (late afternoon).
- Minimize water loss and evaporation by setting your sprinklers to large drops rather than finer mist.
- Avoid water runoff and keep the soil moist by using compost or mulch.
- During summer season, set your mower blade to high. Taller grass will shade the soil, which is great for moisture retention.
- When cleaning your driveways and walkways, use a broom rather than spraying water.
- Use a glass when brushing your teeth and turn off your faucet when shaving.
- Save water by taking shorter showers.
- Invest on water efficient fixtures such as faucet aerators and low flow showerheads.
- Check for any leaks on your toilet by pouring a food coloring to the toilet tank (don’t flush to toilet), and then look for any color appearing around the toilet bowl after a few minutes. If colors show, then you need to fix the leak on your toilet.
- Fully load your washing machine or dishwater when using. This will save both water and energy.
Cold Weather Tips
- No cold air under house
- Wrap pipes
- Leave faucet dripping overnight to prevent freezing
- Open cabinet doors so heat from house can get to plumbing