Hints & Tips
805-583-4514   or   818-341-2091

Hints  and  Tips
Tips To Keep Your Money From Going Down The Drain

When it comes to plumbing, there are certain preventive
measures that can help you avoid unnecessary water and
money loss. From cutting down on daily water use, making
sure taps and pipes are in good shape to conserving water
and reducing bills Ė itís easier than you might think.
 
Turn off those taps

A dripping tap is more than just an annoying sound; it can
cause the waste of up to 15 gallons of water per day and 
add approximately $100 to your yearly water bill.
To avoid wasting precious water, make sure you turn
 your taps off all the way.
If fully closed taps continue to leak, have them repaired or
replaced. Investing in plumbing maintenance now will help you save money in the long run.
 
Go for low-flow

Installing a low-flow showerhead is an easy way to
significantly reduce water consumption.
Even a 10 minute shower with a conventional
showerhead can use up to 42 gallons of
water. Low-flow showerheads are easy to install
and use far less water. Go the extra mile and set
a household shower-time limit.
The teenagers in the house may be less than impressed
 but your reduced water bill will be worth the complaints.
Expose hidden leaks

Not all water leaks can be spotted with the naked eye.
Some leaks are hidden and require some detective
work on the part of the homeowner to be found.
To determine if your home has any hidden leaks,
check your water meter before and after a specific
period of time when no water has been used.
If the meter has changed, there may be a
leak lurking somewhere in your home.
 
Donít neglect your drains
Drains are often overlooked until they become clogged
and no longer work effectively. To keep your drains in
 working order and avoid unwanted build-up, pour a
cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar
down them on a monthly basis. In the bathroom,
use strainers in the sink and bathtub drains to keep
 hair and soap out of your pipes. Avoid using harsh
chemical drain cleaners as they are harmful to the
 environment and can damage your pipes.
 
Listen to your toilet
If your toilet is making a gurgling noise, your home
might be experiencing main drain problems.
If the main drain was installed prior to 1980,
there is a good chance it is made of clay and
therefore easily penetrated by tree roots.
A Ďgurgling toiletí and  wet marks around floor
drains are early indications that underground
roots are growing and placing pressure on your
pipes. Listen to your toilet and have an experienced
plumber fix the problem before your pipes break
and must be replaced.
 
Check your toilet for leaks

The toilet is considered the homeís biggest water
waster, with toilet flushing accounting for 30 per
cent of daily home water usage. To test your
toilet for leaks, drop some food coloring into
the tank. If the color seeps into the toilet bowl
within 10 to 15 minutes, your toilet has a leak.
 Prevent unnecessary water-loss by
ensuring your toilet is leak-free.
 
Follow garbage disposal guidelines

While garbage disposals might seem like
indestructible incinerators, certain items can
lead to their demise. Poultry skins, celery, fruit pits
and bananas are not garbage disposal friendly they
can cause a build-up of debris which can lead to
blockages and offensive odors. Also, bones
should never be put in the garbage disposal as
 they can damage the sides of the grinding chamber.
 
Know the location of your homeís main water valve
In case of a major incident Ė such as a pipe
bursting Ė where you might need to immediately
shut off all of the water in the home, itís critical
to know where the main water valve is located.
 This valve is usually located next to the water
meter and should be kept in good condition.
To maintain your homeís main water valve and
keep it in working order, open and close it once a year.
 
Keep fats and oil out of your drains

Too many people think it makes sense to pour
hot cooking grease down a sink or toilet. After
all, you  canít  pour  it  in the garbage bag. But
when that grease cools it    solidifies and sticks
to the insides   of your pipes. Over time, it will
build up and block  the entire pipe.
Rather than dumping grease into your plumbing
system, pour it in a heat-resistant container, let it 
solidify and  then throw it in the garbage.
 
Dental Floss

Yes you should floss, but no, you shouldnít flush your floss.
Todayís dental floss is shed-resistant and wonít break down.
When dental floss enters the sewage system, it bonds with
 other waste and forms large clumps that block pipes.
 
Hair

For some, itís common practice to flush discarded
 hair from hairbrushes or haircuts down the toilet, 
which is why there is an enormous market for
anti-clog products, and roommates who donít
leave hair clumps in the shower. If you donít
want a backed up toilet, donít flush hair.