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9. If you have rattling noises coming from your water heater, it could mean that you have sediment on the bottom of the tank insulating the water from the burner. When this happens, it causes less energy effectiveness. here’s a simple trick you can do to remove some of that sediment. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve on the front of the heater. with the water pressure still on, open the valve to blow five to ten gallons of water out through the hose (if it's a plastic valve be careful not to force it, or turn it more than two full turns). once the water is flowing, notice if there is any sludge or hard granules in the water. if water does not flow out with the valve open, you have too much sediment on the bottom. At this point you may want to call your local plumber. if you can get water flow, and the sediment out, you just extended the life of your water heater! congratulations on saving yourself some money on your future gas or electric bills. repeat these steps once a year to keep your tank clean!
8. Did you know that a valve can freeze up if it's not used for a long period of time?When a valve is turned off, hard water particles form on the inner surfaces, and over time it will no longer function. your plumber recommends you to exercise the main shut off valves twice a year to keep these deposits from building up. on a side Note, it is very important to open the "cold water" valve in your bathtub or laundry sink to flush out debris. never flush debris were there is an aerator (that little screen on the end of your faucet spouts).
7. If you have a clogged double sink with a disposer, you may be able to free the clog yourself…and save yourself a minimum service charge. First off you will need two people to do this. plug the side of the sink that does not have the disposer. have someone hold a drain plug tightly in the drain, (full of water or not, doesn't matter), now use a plunger on the disposer side under the water, and pump it until you feel pressure building (Tell your assistant to not let go). with the pressure built up by the plunger and your assistant holding the drain plug firmly, turn on the disposer and hopefully it will blast the clog free! This usually works majority of the time.
6. Does your garbage disposer gets stuck and only hum when you turn it on? this usually means food or solids have dried or jammed the blades from turning inside. Every disposer comes with a hex head key that can be inserted in a little hole under the sink on the bottom center of the motor. THIS allows the owner or occupant to be able to wrench the disposer back and forth and break it free. Here's One little trick from Your local plumber... if you can’t find that little hex head key, take a broom or mop handle and work the motor free form above.
5. Did you know that pure water is good for you... but bad for copper or galvanized pipes? Pure water has no minerals and is literally hungry. Hungry water will remove minerals form metal pipe over time and can cause a pin leak. This is why we use plastic tubing with reverse osmosis systems ( the white filtration system under your sink) for glass fillers and ice makers. Some of the fancier water filtration systems put a little bit of minerals back in the water to make it safe for the whole plumbing system. oh and one more thought, pure water is great for a spot free rinse on your car, but never spray it on your rims or put it in you radiator. remember, It’s hungry, and it will cause unprotected metals to start rusting.
4. If you increasingly have less hot water volume than cold (WHen the hot water comes out at a slower rate than the cold water), that usually means that you're getting hard water deposits building up in the left nipple (the short pipe that is threaded in the top of your water heater, or where the hot water exits). in order to solve this problem, YOUR plumber would first shut off the water supply on the right side above the heater, or wherever the water enters in from. Next YOUR plumber would relieve any remaining pressure by opening the valves in the building, then open the drain valve on the bottom of the heater to lower the water level. Once this has been done, the hot side nipple can be removed and replaced to increase the Hot water flow.
1. Did you know that your tank type water heater has a vacation setting on the control box? It’s where you turn the heat up or down. Just turn it all the way down and you’ll see the vacation setting. This way it won’t re-heat the same tank of water over and over while your out of town. You're much less likely to have a problem with it while your away. Make sure you leave yourself a reminder to turn the temperature back to where you had it when you come back from your vacation. It usually takes 1 hour regain full capacity.
2. If you have a smelly disposer, Here is something that will help. First, you can grind a few cubes of ice in it to clean old food particles off the inner surfaces. then drop in ¼ of a lemon or some Lemon rinds. by the way, a disposer is not meant to dispose of all the food you didn’t eaT. It's only meant for the particles left on the plate after dumping it in the trash. remember to run five seconds of hot water after each use. Do this and Your disposer will have fresh breath again!
3. Did you know that over tightening a valve or faucet can cause the valve to leak if left for a long period of time? If the rubber washer is over squeezed, it will retain that shape over time. Make sure you Only turn the handle just enough to stop the water.
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A few Informational tips From your local plumber