Dishwashers, Ice Makers and Washing Machines
Run your dishwasher and washing machine at night or at off-peak times to conserve water temperature and pressure.
Clean out the lint trap, if you have an older washing machine, and put a wire trap or a piece of pantyhose over the end of the hose that drains the washer.
Don’t pour fats or cooking oils down the drain — they will harden in the pipes and create clogs.Make sure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
Inspect the tank and bowl for cracks or leaks.
Never flush cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair, facial scrub pads, diapers, wipes, sanitary products or similar items down the toilet. These items will not easily dissolve and are responsible for most clogs.
Make sure toilets flush properly. If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts. They're inexpensive and you'll notice a lower water bill once they're replaced.
Never put hard-to-grind waste into the disposal (e.g., chicken skins, bones, carrots, celery or banana peels); they will clog the drain.
Run cold water down the drain for about 15 seconds before and after using the disposal to flush waste down the main line.
Turn on the disposal before adding food waste.
Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris.
Standing water is a common problem caused by a leaky or broken pipe. Excess water in a yard might come from a damaged sewer line and contain waste from the home. This is unhealthy for children and pets, and is a breeding ground for insects and germs.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
Check the date of your water heater. The first four digits of the serial number on the water heater are the month and year. Any heater over 12-15 years old is a candidate to be replaced.
Make sure flammables are not stored near the water heater or furnace.A rusty water tank is a sign of impending problems. Call a licensed plumber to inspect it ASAP
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4410 East Claiborne Street, Suite 334
Hampton, VA 23666
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Reliance Home Comfort
When you need reliable plumbing services call and speak with one of our skilled plumbers. Our plumbing service can assist with leak detection and repair, fixture installs, or complete bathroom and kitchen changes. See why we are more than "just" a plumbing company.
We provide repairs and installation of plumbing fixtures to include:
Hot water tanks
Toilets / Bidet
Tubs / Showers
Washing machine boxes
Main water shutoff valves
Copper, Pex, CPVP piping
Drain, waste, vent piping