Here are easy maintenance steps you can take to keep your plumbing system in top shape:
Faucets and sinks
Small faucet drips can waste up to 150 gallons of water in one day. That’s thousands of gallons of water wasted in a year, without timely repair. Always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid costly water bills, as well as to avoid damage to your surrounding pipes and other fixtures. For optimal effect, clean out your faucet aerators on a yearly basis. This will help create an even flow of water.
While water heater repairs are best left to a professional technician, there are simple steps you can take on your own to help maintain your unit.
Before starting your own maintenance check, make sure to turn off the power and be familiar with your owner’s manual. We recommend that you drain water from your tank at least once every three months. This will help prevent too much sediment buildup at the bottom of your unit’s tank, which can decrease its efficiency.
Make sure to check your water heater’s burner as well. The flame inside should be blue, tipped with yellow. If the flame looks mainly yellow, or if the burner looks like it has soot accumulating, there is likely a clogged. You will need to have the unit inspected by a technician.
Look to us for additional maintenance checks and tune-ups, such as checking for leaks (in the drain valve) and corrosion (in the anode rods). We recommend professional water heater maintenance at least once every two years.
Leaking toilets can waste several hundred gallons of water in a day as well. A simple yet effective way to check for subtle leaks is to perform the dye test. Add a small drop of red food coloring in your toilet tank. Then, check the bowl after a while. If the water has turned red, water is seeping through from the tank. We can help you solve the problem by replacing the tank ball.
Looking for an easy way to avoid drain clogs? Fit your sink, shower, or tub with a strainer. This will catch hair, soap bits, and other debris to keep your drains clean. Avoid pouring oil or fat down your kitchen sink. Liquid fats quickly solidify once they enter your colder pipes, creating blockages in your line. Get long term drain cleaning and clog removal solutions with help from the team at Maccarone Plumbing.
Want to prolong the life of your garbage disposal? Pour cold water down the drain while the disposal is powered on. If you are experiencing a clogged sink, do not use chemical drain openers, as these can damage your disposal unit. Be mindful of what enters your drain and avoid throwing in potato peels, pasta, and bones; these items can cause clogging and lead your unit to overwork.
Call us today at (516) 671-3232 for professional solutions to your plumbing problems.