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Some simple prevention will help keep your home’s plumbing in top working order – and you’ll avoid costly repairs!

Faucets and Sinks

Even small drips can waste many of gallons of water! Be sure to check under sinks for small leaks or moisture. Always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid wasted water and a costly water bill. You can also avoid water damage to your home, fixtures and pipes.

Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanity are clear and in good working order to prevent possible water damage to floors and ceilings from overflowing water.

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Water Heaters

Before attempting to do any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the power, and read your owner’s manual.

If you are unable to locate an owners manual for instructions to a proper shut down, we have provided some helpful information here (add our info from the w/h sticker here)

If there is a problem with your water heater that you feel would be best addressed by a professional, it is always handy to have the make and model of your water heater ready for the servicemen. With this information, the servicemen will be able to look up warranty information if necessary.

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A leaking toilet can be wasteful and expensive. You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored, water is seeping through from the tank. If this is the case, you should have one of our servicemen come out and check to see what is causing the leak and replace the necessary parts.

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To help prevent clogs in the tub and shower, fit all your drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap build up, and clean the strainer regularly.

It is also important not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. These items may solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.

Avoid using liquid drain openers (like Liquid Plumber or Drano) on a drain that is completely clogged. The acidic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can cause severe damage to them. If you can’t snake the drain yourself, contact a professional to do so.

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Garbage Disposals

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 food scraps
  • Never using a chemical drain opener

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