Here are a collection of tricks and tips of the trade we have collected over the years and would like to share with you.
Faucets and Sinks
- Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid wasting 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 vanity 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 if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to check it out.
- Every year, 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.
- To clean dirty racks use a lime deposit in the soap tray, and put machine on heat dry
- Always remember not to overload your dishwasher
- 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.
- Never put in chlorine tablets in to the toilet tank. Chlorine causes damage to flappers and other rubber parts witch leads to inside and outside leaks.
- 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 US to do so.
- When your disposal stops working always check the safety button located on the bottom of the disposal or the fuse box, if everything seems to be fine give us a call
- to eliminate or at least reduce the odor in a disposal you can occasionally grind ice cubes pressing them down with a wooden spoon and adding 1/2 box of baking soda
- To Sharpen the blades occasionally grind ice cubes in it. (not glass!)
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.