Prevent water damage to your home
- Ensure that you know where your main and individual fixture shut off valves are in your home to prevent flooding.
- Disconnect all hoses from outdoor frost free hose bibs before winter to prevent freezing.
Kitchen and bathroom
- Install a pressure balancing valve to prevent scalding in the shower due to simultaneous usage of water appliances.
- Garburator usage – run water 30 seconds after using your garburator
- To fix a foul smell coming from your garburator: Place ice cubes and lemon peels in your disposer and run for 30 seconds. Then add some dishwashing liquid and run for another 30 seconds. Finish with a 30 second rinse of cold water to rinse away any remaining debris.
Water usage and conservation
- Toilets consume more than 30% of you total water usage. Installation of a new toilet flapper and fill valve will keep your toilet running efficiently.
- For new home construction or renovations consider the low flow dual flush toilet which uses 20% less water per flush.
- A dripping faucet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water each day. Repair the faucet to save water and reduce your water bill.
Septic tank and field
- Have your tank inspected and pumped out a minimum of once every 3 or 4 years.
- Do not dispose of harmful material into your septic tank, such as, cooking fat, coffee grounds or paper towels. These items do not easily decompose in the septic tank.
- Do not add excessive amounts of bleach to your system.
- Do not build or park vehicles on top of your septic field.
- Use water saving fixtures.
- Do not use a garburator.
Please note: We hope we have provided some useful information. These tips and hints are only suggestions, and we recommend you contact a licensed plumber.