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Helpful Maintenance Tips

Bathroom Helpful Hints

These helpful hints should help keep the plumbing in your bathroom running efficiently.
  • dot Once a week run cold water down the drain to help keep it flowing freely.
  • dot A leaky faucet dripping once per second can waste more than 8 gallons a day. That's almost 3,000 gallons per year! Have it repaired immediately to avoid further damage to the fixtures and save money due to water loss. 
  • dot Tubs and showers should be fitted with strainers that catch hair and soap chips. Clean the strainers regularly.
  • dot Toilets consume approximately 40% of your total water usage. Your toilet should be serviced by a
    Professional, to keep it running efficiently and without problems.
  • dot Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket. Do not flush facial tissue, sanitary products or diapers as they do not dissolve and can clog the lines. Keep a trash container in each bathroom.
  • dot Replacing an old shower head can save from 2 to 5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full spray action at low or high water pressures.

Kitchen Helpful Hints

These helpful hints should help keep the plumbing in your kitchen running efficiently.
  • dot  Never put hard-to-grind, stringy or fibrous waste (poultry skins, carrots, celery or banana peels) into the garbage disposer.
  • dot Run cold water down the drain for 15 seconds before and after using the garbage disposer to flush waste through the line.
  • dot Don't pour liquid grease down the drain. Wipe congealed grease from pots and pans with a paper towel and dispose of in the trash.

Other Plumbing Tips Around the House

These other helpful hints should help keep any problems with the plumbing in your home at a minimum.
  • dot Water pressure in your home above 60 pounds per square inch is harmful to your plumbing system and will cause excessive water usage.
  • dot Check your water meter during a period of time when no water is being used. Make a note of the meter reading and check it a few hours later. If the meter has moved, there is an indication that you may have an undetected water leak, which should be corrected.
  • dot Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120°F or medium setting on older models.