For the next few weeks your friendly neighborhood Greenville Plumbers at KT Plumbing will be bringing you tips to help you tackle small plumbing problems in your home.  We will also be sharing some preventive maintenance tips to help you keep your plumbing in tip top shape.

Let’s start with one of the most important plumbing fixtures in your home – Your Water Heater

water heaterHot Water Heater Tips

  • The temperature of your water heater should be set no higher than 120°F. If it is set at a higher temperature you run a chance of having scalding water along with an increased energy bills.
  • You can flush out corrosion causing sediment by draining several gallons from the water heater tank. SEdiment in your water heater can reduce your water heater’s heating efficiency and shortens it’s life.
  • If your water heater is more than 15 years old you should look into replacing it for a newer more  energy efficient model. If you are unaware of how to tell how old your water heater is look at the serial number. The first four numbers represent the month and year it was manufactured.
  • Ensure that you don’t have any flammable items stored near your water heater.
  • Look for any rust on the water heater – if you do see rust that means corrosion has started to occur and you may need to replace your water heater.

water bucketToilet Tips

  • Use a bucket of water to flush the toilet

In a plumbing emergency when you need to turn off your water supply it can cause your family some stress if you only have one bathroom in your home. There is a solution that will keep you from having to run to your neighbors when you need to use the bathroom. Here is what you should do.  Prior to turning off the water supply, fill two gallon buckets with water. Then just flush the toilet by dumping the water in the bowl each time.

  • Things never to flush down the toilet: diapers, cotton balls, cotton swabs, hair, facial scrub pads, sanitary products or similar items.  These items can cause clogs because they do not dissolve easily.
  • Check your toilet bowl for cracks or leaks.
  • Check that your toilets flush properly. You may need to replace some of your tanks parts if the handle must be held down or jiggled in order to flush or stop the water from running.  Once you rplace these inexpensive parts  you will notice a lower water bill.

shop vacHow to remove any hard objects from your toilet

If a hard object falls in your toilet like a toy or other random object do not try and use a plunger to get it out. Using a plunger may cause the item to go deeper into the pipes. The best method to remove the obstroction is to use a wet/dry vac to suck the water and the item out of the toilet .

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