Maintenance Tips & Tricks
When plunging a double kitchen sink (depending on the piping arrangement under the sink), use a rag to plug the basket strainer opening in one bowl and then plunge the basket strainer opening in the opposite bowl. Remove the basket strainers from the openings first.
If the bathroom sink drain has a blockage, before plunging the sink try to remove the pop-up if possible and plug off the overflow hole in the top of the sink.
If the bathtub drain has a blockage: before trying to plunge the drain, first remove the trip lever plate and linkage assembly and then block up the overflow flow opening at the top of the tub and then plunge the drain. Just be careful when removing and reinstalling the trip lever and linkage assembly. If you don't feel comfortable doing this, call your plumber as to avoid any damage and/or other problems.
When using the bathroom sink, as the water drains out if you notice an odor coming from the sink, the sink overflow opening and integral opening within the sink that goes down and into the drain can have a bacterial build up in it causing the odor. It will require the use of bleach or other chemicals, so let your plumber take care of it and they should be able to remedy the situation without any problems.
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An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward keeping your home's plumbing in top working order, and you'll avoid costly repairs!
Faucets & Sinks
- Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water, and also to avoid water damage to your fixtures and pipes.
- Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
- Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.
- Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner's manual.
- At least once every three months, drain water from the tank. Over time sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance, and draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment.
- You should also periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it's mostly yellow or sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to check it out.
- At least once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.
- Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the tank ball.
- To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly.
- Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
- Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them. If you can't snake the drain yourself, contact a professional to do so.
You can extend the life of your garbage disposal by:
- Using plenty of cold water when running it.
- Making sure you avoid overloading it.
- Never disposing of things like bones or corn husks.
- Never using a caustic drain opener.
Keeping your heating systems in good working order means your utility bills will be lower, your home will be more comfortable, and you'll need to call for repairs less often.
Schedule a maintenance service call before the heating season starts. If there are any problems with your system, it's better to find out before it's freezing outside!
Replace your heating air filters every month that they're in use. Operating your system with old, dirty filters means energy is wasted and your system may even be damaged. While you're at it, check and clean the filters in your home's air cleaners and humidifiers.
- If you have a forced air heating system, check your furnace's blower compartment and blower coils. Vacuum them if you see dirt and dust there. You should also check fan belt tension, and lubricate fan and motor bearings.
- If you have a steam system, check the shut-off valve for leaks.
- Bleed hot water system radiators at least once a year.
- Don't keep clutter near your furnace. It's a fire hazard, and may keep your system from operating efficiently.
- To make sure you're getting the most out of your heating system, keep the heating registers and vents throughout the house free of dust, dirt, and pet hair by vacuuming them at least once a year.
- Listen for odd sounds when your heating or cooling system kicks in. If you hear anything unusual, get in touch with your service professional so you can head off problems before they become serious.
- In winter months, set your ceiling fan at its slowest speed and reverse it in order to gently push warm air down from the ceiling without generating a breeze.