Drain water every 3 months
At least once every three months drain water from your hot water tank. Over time sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance, and draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment.
At least once every three months, drain water from your water heater’s tank. Over time sediment builds at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance, and draining a gallon or so helps remove the sediment.
At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank.
What To Flush
The toilet isn’t a garbage disposal. Never flush coffee grounds or filters, paper towels, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons, facial tissues, cat litter, or cigarettes. These items can clog your septic tank.
If you have sewer gas smell in your home pour water down the drains. It is very possible the water which is normally in your traps has evaporated allowing gases to pass up through the drain.
Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.
Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
Faucets & Sinks
Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. And always repair leaky faucets right away.
Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (like Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage them.
Prevent Clogs 2
To help prevent clogs, do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly.
Water Heater Inspections
At least once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.