Monthly Archives: November 2011

Maintenance Tips That Can Prevent Expensive Repair Bills

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” the old saying goes. This is certainly true when it comes to the cost of plumbing and heating maintenance versus the costs of repairs, after something goes wrong. Here’s a few maintenance tips that help prevent those repair bills from coming your way.

  • Cleaning: This is the simplest item on a maintenance list for heating or plumbing systems, but it can make a huge difference in the life of those systems. Cleaning your faucets and particularly your shower head can keep them functioning much longer. Removing the drain cap from your tub and cleaning out any hair that has accumulated below can keep a problem from developing. Having your furnace or boiler professionally cleaned each heating season will keep the burners and motors operating correctly.
  • Filters: Furnace filters need to be changed on a regular basis, usually monthly. If small maintenance item is not done, your furnace has to work much harder and is more likely to require repairs. That furnace filter also is important during the summer months when you are using your air conditioner. Don’t neglect it when the weather warms up. The fins on your air conditioner are also part of its filtration system. They should be kept clean and free from debris, as well.
  • Professional tune ups: Having your heating, cooling and plumbing systems inspected by professionals, at least annually, is the best way to prevent unexpected repair bills. Professional care on a regular basis will keep your home systems operating the way they were intended.
  • Important Facts About Kitchen Plumbing Maintenance

    Your kitchen sink, garbage disposal and dishwasher are generally used on a daily basis. It is important for all three of these items to be used and maintained properly to avoid plumbing problems in your kitchen.

    A simple, but important, maintenance item is simply to keep the strainers in your kitchen sink in their positions over the drains. They are designed to allow water to drain out of your sink, while trapping solids that might create a blockage in the drain. Also, avoid pouring greasy liquid down kitchen drains. Even when the grease is combined with hot water, it can still solidify in the pipes and create a clogged drain. Running hot water down your kitchen pipes periodically will also help maintain open drainage.

    If you have a garbage disposal installed in your sink, make sure and run plenty of water through the disposal when feeding solid food waste into it. Follow the manufacturers guidelines carefully about what should and should not be placed into your disposal unit.

    Lastly, don’t treat your dishwasher as if it was a garbage disposal. Even those that are designed to manage some solid food waste do not have the capacity to handle large food particles. Scraping and rinsing your dishes before placing them in your dishwasher is still a wise practice.

    If your kitchen sink seems to be draining slower or there are any signs of a leak in the plumbing below it, give us a call. We’d be happy to help you solve the problem.