How can I prevent clogged drains?
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 allyour tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips and clean strainer regularly.
What causes my kitchen sink and washing machine drains to clog?
In most homes, the kitchen and laundry drains are connected. When the lint from the laundry drains meets the grease buildup from soap and food products, a nearly solid substance is formed which causes a blockage. Using filters and strainers will help, but you'll also need to get the drains snaked periodically.
How do I increase the water pressure in my bathroom faucet?
Check the emergency shutoff under your sink to make sure it's fully open. Check rubber washers or seals to make sure they have not begun to deteriorate because this can cause low water pressure. Calcium and lime buildup will also cause low water pressure.
Should I close and open the main water supply shutoff valve periodically?
Yes. You want to make sure they're not stuck in the open position just when you have a water emergency! Do the same periodic check for the sutoff valves on your sinks, tubs,and toilets too.
Why do I hear a vibrating noise in my pipes?
It is fairly common to hear noises in plumbing supply lines. If a washer in a faucet or valve is loose, you'll hear it rattling or knocking. If the sound occurs when you open and close faucets rapidly, it generally means pipes are loose and can be corrected by anchoring pipes more securely. If it really bothers you, you can add shock arrestors at the end of long pipe runs. Installation will probably require a plumbing Professional.
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