Preventative Plumbing Tips for You

Here are a few simple tips to keep everything flowing smoothly.

  1. Perform a Water Heater Check Up: Check your water heater, looking for leaks or signs of corrosion. Look around the base, take off the panel cover (if there is one) and look for puddles and rust. You should also drain a few gallons of water from your water heater into a clean bucket to check for sediment. If you see sediment you may want to call a service plumber to come and conduct a maintenance flush.

  2. Test the Toilets for Leaks: Test your toilet for leaks by putting food coloring into the tank. If you see the dye color in the bowl after about 30 minutes, you have a leak. Replace the flapper to save money and water.

  3. Install Flood Alarms: A flood alarm is a battery-operated device that acts like a smoke detector. When it comes into contact with water it sounds an audible alarm, giving you notice that you may be facing potential flooding or leaks. Place the alarms at the base of water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers or anywhere leaks may occur.

  4. Give Your Water Valves a Turn: Water valves can become hard to turn over time since they are rarely turned on and off. Once a year, turn off the water valves in your home, then turn them back on just to “exercise the valves” and keep them functioning smoothly.

  5. Check Under Sinks and Supply Hoses: Take a look under your toilets and sinks and check the supply hoses that run to your dishwasher, clothes washer and other water-using appliances. Run your hands along the supply lines and look and feel for moisture, puddles, rust, or corrosion—all warning signs of a leak.

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