Plumbing Tips

    • • Think your toilet is leaking? To tell for sure, place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Check back in a few hours and if you see color in the bowl, then your toilet is leaking!

  • • If you are on a septic tank, it is recommended to treat it with bacteria once a year.

  • • If you plan to be out of town, it is important to shut off the water to your house to prevent any potentially disastrous leaks while you’re away. Also, setting your water heater to the “pilot” setting will keep it from running while you’re gone.

Root Clusters can be a real problem in our area.

• Water closet tanks and bowls are made of vitreous china and are impervious to ordinary household acids. If something more than hot water and soap is needed to clean them, apply a non- abrasive powder or cleaner recommended by your plumber. Many good bowl cleaners are on the market today. Most plumbers however, have found that the "blue water" continuous bowl cleaners tend to accelerate the deterioration of the rubber and neoprene parts in the tank, due to the chemicals they contain.

Seat bumpers should be replaced if worn. Defective bumpers may cause breakage of the seat or hinges. Stains or moisture at the base of the closet bowl indicate that the joint or seal between the closet and its outlet have failed and should be reset immediately to prevent rotting of the floor, damage to the plaster of the ceiling below, and possible leakage of sewer gas into the home.


Plumbing Tips

  • • If you notice a lot of loud popping sounds coming from your water heater, it could be calcium build up on the bottom of the tank. Flushing the water will get rid of most of the build-up and reduce the noise.

  • • Putting lemon slices and ice in your garbage disposal with help keep the blades sharp and clean. DO NOT use harsh chemicals such as bleach to clean your disposal. Stick to lemons or dish soap.

    • If you find a leak in your plumbing system shut off the water supply and call your plumbing contractor at once. Water supply systems are under high pressure. Temporary repairs are only temporary and wrapping the pipe usually fails. Leaks must have immediate attention, since they can progress into a serious break in a hurry.

• Frozen plumbing pipes, although inconvenient, do not constitute a calamity. The calamity may come if the pipes are thawed with a blow torch, and if the open flame or the torch is allowed to come too close to combustible material, such as insulation, wooden joists or flooring.

It is important to have your water heater surveyed every couple of years.

• Another danger from the use of a torch arises when both ends of a pipe are clogged with ice and when the heat is applied in the center. The application of the heat of the torch at the center of the pipe is likely to cause the water to flash into steam potentially causing an explosion with disastrous results for the user of the torch.



Plumbing Tips

  • It is far better to adopt the slower and more conservative procedure of melting ice by the use of a blow dryer, or heat gun.

    • Plumbers get more calls to open clogged drains than for any other service. Many such calls could be prevented by greater care in the use of drains. The most-used drain is the one in the kitchen sink and that is the drain most often clogged. Preventing this situation can be done by carefully watching what is emptied into the sink drain and by the regular use of a safe biodegradable waste digester.

    Our water tanks can help in fighting the current water shortages due to the drought.

    • Get your pipes winter-ready buy insulating any exposed water pipes.

  • • If your garbage disposal isn’t running correctly, try pushing the reset button on the bottom of the unit.

• When trying to clear a plugged bathtub drain, place a heavy cloth in the bottom of the bathtub so your shoe soles won't scratch the bath's enameled surface. Hold your hand or rag over the waste and overflow plate, cup the plunger over the drain and plunge it vigorously several times. If it doesn't open easily, the drain may require cabling to open it.

Heavy steel spring coils should not be used to clean traps under lavatories, sinks, or bathtubs. A more flexible type of wire or spring should be used -- one which is easy to work through the bend of the trap.