Do’s and Don’ts of Home Plumbing

Sometimes, internet searches and your wrench aren’t your friend. Although Google may make you feel as though you are a professional plumber at heart, it can often lead to expensive repairs when you have to call us in. We want to help. Here are some do’s and don’ts of home plumbing to help get you started on the right path to repair.

  • DO – Run water at full pressure when you use your disposer.
  • DO – Check caulk line on walls around tubs and showers regularly
  • DO – Open drain on water heater twice a year to remove sediment
  • DO – Spray oil or WD-40 on seldom used valves to prevent seizing
  • DO – Turn off hot water systems when leaving for vacation
  • DO – Pour two or three gallons of boiling water down shower or tub drains once a month
  • DO – Use a blower dryer to thaw frozen pipes
  • DO – Have a diagram of your sewer system handy in case of emergency
  • DO – Oil parts in toilet tanks that are above water level
  • DON’T – Put coffee grounds in your sink drains.
  • DON’T – Hang a knick-knack shelf over your toilet.
  • DON’T – Throw sanitary napkins in toilet.
  • DON’T – Use drain cleaners containing lye.
  • DON’T – Hang a shelf for heavy objects over a sink.
  • DON’T – Pour fats or cooking oils into your sink.
  • DON’T – Leave water turned on to hoses for washing machines, dishwashers, and garden hoses when not in use.
  • DON’T – Dig deep holes or trenches in your yard before locating water, gas, and sewer lines
  • DON’T – Plant trees or large shrubs over sewer lines

Most importantly, don’t attempt to handle large plumbing projects on your own. The better investment is to seek the professional care of a plumber rather than break something that would be costly to repair. Email us today to learn more Do’s and Don’ts that will help you as a homeowner!

Is Your Toilet Running?

We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain.

A running toilet could be caused by one or more of the following issues:

  • Sticky flush valve. Does the water continue to run after you flush and until you wiggle the flush handle up and down? The problem may be the link between the flush handle and tankball.
  • Sticky tankball or flapper valve. The tankball or flapper valve is sticky if isn’t falling into the drain properly.
  • Floatball problems. A misadjusted or damaged floatball could be the cause of water dribbling into the toilet tank, running out the overflow tube into the toilet bowl, and entering into the drain.
  • Ballcock problems. A ballcock that doesn’t close completely is an additional probable cause of a leaking toilet.

Diagnosing a running toilet can be tricky, especially if you have little experience in plumbing repair. To get the quickest results in treating your running toilet, contact the qualified plumbers at Metro-Rooter. We’ll provide an on-site estimate, discuss the options with you, then work to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.