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D.R. Plumbing offers you the following tips and advices to help you. These are working but we can not guarantee their 100% efficiency. It is always preferable to call a professional plumber to solve your plumbing problem(s).

Leaking faucet ?

A faucet leaks mostly by its head: loosen the nut with a wrench, replace the head gasket of the valve. A valve seal may be in fiber or rubber. Remember to close the supply valve tap before anything.

Your dripping tap can represent a quantity of 150 gallons of water per day lost! A considerable amount of water lost to consider the replacement of defective valves.

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Grease cleaner

Grease cleaner is great for cleaning greasy hands after working on a lawnmower or car. There are many more uses for grease cleaner that you may not be aware of. Here are some of the additional ways you can use it to make work easier.

To cut greasy muck out of your drains, especially in the kitchen, pour a 1/2 tsp. in your drain and allow it to sit several hours, or overnight. Follow by flushing with warm water to wash it on down the drain.

Leaky toilet

If you think that your toilet might be leaking slightly, check to see if the problem is not due to condensation before calling out a plumber. If you have condensation problems they can be solved by improved ventilation when bathing or showering.

Showerhead Maintenance

Showerheads develop uneven spray when the holes become clogged with mineral deposits from the water. To clean:

  • Unscrew swivel ball nut - you will need adjustable wrench or channel-type pliers. (Hint: to protect the finish from scratches, first wrap the jaws of the tool with masking tape.)
  • Unscrew collar nut from showerhead.
  • Gently clean the outlet and inlet holes of the showerhead using a thin wire.
  • Flush the head with clean water.
  • You may want to soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight to remove all mineral deposits.

Mineral deposit around faucet

You will need a piece of cloth and vinegar.

Warm up the vinegar (do not boil), soak in the cloth and wrap around the faucet where there is deposit. Let stand for at least 15 minutes and clean well. Your faucet should shine again.

Annual Maintenance for Water Heaters

Once a year, drain several gallons of water from the tank to flush your water heater. Flushing will remove sediment buildup that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.

Test the pressure relief valve by lifting up on the lever and letting it snap back. The valve should allow a burst of water into the drainpipe, if not, call a professional to have a new valve installed.

Check your temperature setting on the thermostat, it should be set to 120°F. Lowering the temperature setting lowers your energy use, reduces risk of damage to your tank caused by overheating and prevents scalding.

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