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Tips For Keeping Your Plumbing System In Good Working Order

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:41am

Faucets & Sinks

Faucets and sinks are fixtures that are used everyday, and while they are quite durable, it’s important to keep an eye on them. If you have just one faucet that drips 10 times per minute in your home, you’ll be wasting more than 1300 liters of water over the course of a year. Have dripping faucets repaired as soon as you notice them, and periodically check under the sink for signs of moisture or mold growth.

Toilets

Toilets are usually known for clogs when it comes to plumbing, but a leaky toilet will waste a lot of water and money. To find out if you have a leak, add some food colouring to the tank and then come back later and look in the bowl. If there is food colouring in the bowl, you have a leak that needs to be addressed. Changing the tank ball will often make the problem better. As for clogs, most of them are the homeowner’s fault, so prevent them by modifying what you flush and how much you flush down the toilet at one time.

Drain Clogs

Drain clogs can usually be prevented by being careful what you allow to flow down the drains. Fitting small strainers over your kitchen drains and shower drains will catch a lot of food particles, soap fragments and hair that can contribute to clogs. Keeping fats that coagulate when cold out of your drains will also help. Chemical drain openers should also stay out of your drains because they can seriously damage the pipes if they get trapped by the clog. The best thing you can do with serious clogs is call a plumber for help.

Garbage Disposal

Keeping your fingers out of the garbage disposal at all times is an important safety tip, but you should also keep hard items like bones out of it and use lots of cold water when running it, so it continues to run smoothly. If you’ve had a big meal, avoid overloading the disposal because you may damage the blades or the plumbing system.

Water Heater

It’s wise to check the burner under your water heater every so often, to ensure the flame is still blue with yellow on the tip. If the flame is mostly yellow, then you need to call for assistance because you may have a dangerous situation on your hands. Having a professional inspection once every couple of years will help you keep your water heater in good working order and avoid any unnecessary breakdowns.

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