As homeowners you want to avoid costly repairs in the future, and an ounce of prevention will go a long way! Here are some maintenance tips that you can do on your own to help keep your home’s plumbing in tip top working order.
Faucets and Sinks
- The smallest drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Avoid damage to pipes and fixtures by checking under your sinks for any signs of moisture or leaks and always repairing any issues right away.
- Ensure an even flow of water by removing and clean your faucet aerators annually throughout your home.
- Check all your overflow holes on tubs and sinks and make sure they are clear and open. This will prevent potential flooding and water damage to floors and ceilings in your home.
- Read your owner’s manual and shut off the power before doing any maintenance on your water heater.
- Drain and flush your water heater annually to help remove sediment buildup that can decrease the performance level of your tank.
- Periodically inspect your gas water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it appears to be mostly yellow or sooty under there, your flue may be clogged. This is a dangerous situation and should be fixed immediately. Contact a professional to check it out.
- Have your water heater inspected by a technician once every two years. They will also be able to check the drain valve for signs of leakage.
- No body likes a leaky toilet, and they can be wasteful and expensive. Once a year you should check your toilet for leaks.
- This can be done by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, leave it sitting for a while. If when you come back and the toilet bowl water is colored red, then there is water seeping through from the tank.
- If it is leaking, you should replace the tank internals as this problem can potentially be a waste of hundreds of gallons of water annually.
- The best way to cut down on your yearly water consumption is to trade in your 13 Liter per flush water hog, for a clean NEW High Performance low flush model.
- Help prevent clogs by installing all your tubs and shower drains with strainers that catch hair and other particles, and keep cleaning the strainer regularly.
- Be careful what you put down the sink. Fats or cooking oils down will solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
- Do not use Drano (or any caustic liquid drain openers) on a drain that is completely clogged. This will cause the caustic ingredients to become trapped in your pipes, and it can cause sever damage to them.
- Getting completely clogs snaked is the best way to clear them up.