Tips

Oil and grease from cooking should never be poured down a drain. As grease cools it solidifies and sticks to drainage piping. The accumulation will contribute to plugged pipes. Another reason that you shouldn’t pour grease down the drain is because it’s illegal. It’s illegal because it causes a great deal of problem in disposal at the sewer plant. Put grease in a can or jar and send it out in the garbage.

Emergency shut off valves located under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, at the toilet, and refrigerator icemaker. There are emergency shut off valves for both hot and cold water. Most older emergency shut off valves are “compression” variety. Replacement of theses valves is recommended when they are showing signs of leaking or if they have “frozen” in the open position

The water seal in a floor drain that keeps sewer gases out of the room, That seal can evaporate in time and then sewer gas can escape into the room. Periodically put water down floor drain to keep sewer gas from coming escaping into the room. For a longer lasting seal put a tablespoon of cooking oil into the trap. The oil will float on top of the water and it will not evaporate.

Because water is so destructive to the materials your home is built of, it’s a good idea to pay attention to plumbing pipes & fixtures when you’re in the vicinity them. At a minimum – just as you change the batteries in your smoke detector each year, you should take a few minutes to inspect under sinks and around washing machines, lavatories, ice makers and water softeners.

Home owner’s insurance generally covers household water damage if the damage is sudden and accidental, such as damage caused by burst pipes. It doesn’t cover damage of the sort that is caused over time by lack of maintenance.

A water damage claim can be a red flag to insurers as well as to future homebuyers, signaling a likelihood of repeat water claims. It is better to maintain a home for water issues than face the risks of increased insurance costs and reduced home marketability.

In Idaho it is a good idea to disconnect hoses by September 1 and after each usage through May 15th. Because Idaho’s weather is so unpredictable pay close attention to your weather forecast and make sure to disconnect hoses in the event of below freezing temperatures. This also applies to blowing out sprinkler systems.

Too much pressure in a house can cause numerous problems. Any pressure over 80 lbs requires a pressure reducing valve. If you feel you have high pressure in your home call us and let’s discuss it. Generally speaking, replacing the water pressure regulator, including parts and labor, should cost less than a homeowner’s standard $500 deductible. A working water pressure regulator reduces the strain on plumbing fixtures and increases their service life.

Too little pressure in a house is certainly an annoyance but it can also be a symptom of a problem – especially if the situation is new and deteriorating. Give us a call and we’ll help you access the situation.

Use a water pressure gauge to determine whether your household water pressure is set too high. The ideal household water pressure is 60-80 pounds per square inch. (psi), but many homes are set at 100 or higher. Attach the gauge to an outdoor faucet and turn the water on full to determine water pressure. Sewage Ejectors (Pumping sewage out of basement bathrooms and fixtures) Be sure that feminine hygiene products are not used on a system that uses an ejector. Use toilet paper that breaks down easily.

Have you considered installing a high water alarm to alert you in case of pump failure?

Have you considered installing a high water alarm to alert you in case of pump failure?

Yearly, change battery in sprinkler system when you drain down system.(fall)

Turn water off to your home when leaving for an extended period of time. If leaving during the summer watering periods, have the main shut off valve to the house above the sprinkler system line. This will insure that the sprinkler system will still run but the water to your house will be turned off.

Consider replacing standard rubber hoses to your washer within five years since new. Braided stainless steel “no burst” hoses have been shown to have a longer lifespan than other models.

Softening of water makes a huge difference in the performance of soaps. Soap will later quicker, more fully, will feel silkier than the same soap in hard water. It eliminates soap scum and hard water stains. Generally speaking you will use 50% or less cleaner with soft water than with hard water.

Other Water Problems: If you have problem water, know that you can enjoy as clean water of water as you could want. Treatment of iron (which causes yellow stains on fixtures) rotten egg smell, even bacteria are all treatable. Putting the right equipment in place can take problem water to pure water. Let’s talk about it.

  • Use a long finger lighter (6 inches long) to light the pilot light if it goes out (follow instructions on water heater).
  • Newer water heaters (approximately 2003+) have piezo lighters. If this doesn’t light call us.
  • A conventional water heater should last an average of 11 years
  • You can extend the life of your water heater for years by yearly flushing and changing the anode rod very several years.
  • Tankless heaters are considered more energy efficient than conventional heaters because they don’t have to continually heat a tank of water. Tankless heaters heat water instantly whenever a hot water tap is open.
  • Tankless heaters have a life expectancy of 15-20 years. Hard water will shorten the life, regular maintenance will prolong it.