What should I do if my garbage disposal stops working?
Before calling a professional, be sure to try the reset switch located on the bottom of most disposals.
What’s the best way to extend the life of my garbage disposal?
Always use plenty of cold water when running your disposal, and avoid
overloading it. Never dispose of very hard items like
bones or corn husks. And never use a caustic drain
opener. You can extend the life of your hands by never using
them to remove items dropped inside – use tongs instead!
Why doesn’t my old water heater work as well as it used to?
This is usually due to a sediment buildup in your tank. As water heaters
grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If
these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment
will create a barrier between the burner and the water,
greatly reducing the water heater’s performance level.... [Read more about this property...]
What can I do about a sewer line blockage?
The main culprit is tree roots, and once they’ve blocked the line, there
is very little you can do. A plumbing professional can
snake the line to get it as clear as possible, and then use
copper sulfide products to kill the remaining
vegetation. But odds are the sewer line will most likely need to
Why do I hear a vibrating noise in my pipes?
Noises can be fairly common 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 air chambers at the end
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Should I close and open the main water supply shutoff valve
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 shutoff valves on your sinks, tubs, and