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Helpful Tips

Helpful plumbing tips from our experts in Cincinnati

Drains

Slow drains are usually attributed to hair in the drain. To solve this problem for a vanity drain, you'll need to remove drain plug. Usually there is a threaded cap just below the lavatory bowl that not only seals the water from leaking from around the rod, but allows you to pull the rod out and then the drain plug. A majority of the hair clog will come out with the drain plug and any hair that remains can be removed with a pair of needle nose pliers.

To remove a hair clog from the tub drain, turn the stopper plug sideways and pull straight up. Once the stopper is out remove the hair from the drain. When you re-install the drain plug, coat the surfaces of the o-ring with plumber’s heat proof grease or Vaseline to allow the stopper to operate smoothly. Regular maintenance is the best prevention!

Floor Drain Odor

Slow drains are usually attributed to hair in the drain. To solve this problem for a vanity drain, you'll need to remove drain plug. Usually there is a threaded cap just below the lavatory bowl that not only seals the water from leaking from around the rod, but allows you to pull the rod out and then the drain plug. A majority of the hair clog will come out with the drain plug and any hair that remains can be removed with a pair of needle nose pliers.

To remove a hair clog from the tub drain, turn the stopper plug sideways and pull straight up. Once the stopper is out remove the hair from the drain. When you re-install the drain plug, coat the surfaces of the o-ring with plumber’s heat proof grease or Vaseline to allow the stopper to operate smoothly. Regular maintenance is the best prevention!

Hot Water Heater

A standard electric water heater is relatively simple and easy to maintain. The downfall is that once you've used the hot water in the tank, it takes sufficient time to reheat the water. For increased efficiency, gas or propane hot water heaters recover hot water within one half hour. 

Glued to your water heater are the instructions on how to adjust the temperature of the water supplying your shower faucet. Read and follow the supplied instructions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Faucets

Clean your faucet surfaces weekly with a mix of warm soapy water or use liquid car wax to prevent water from drying on the surface. At least twice a year, remove your faucets handles to clean everything thoroughly. If you take care of your faucets they will continue to look new for years. 

Outside Hose Bibbs

If a hose or a splitting device is left on during winter, it can result in a frozen hose bibb between the shut off point and the end of the faucet. When you use your hose bibbs in the spring, check your basement to see if your pipe split. If your pipe has split, water will pour out of this split and into your basement.

Garbage Disposal

Read your instruction manual and follow the directions for your garbage disposal. Always use cold water when operating your disposal to keep grease in a solid form. Once a week grind up a small bucket of ice and throw some baking soda down the disposal to clean the drain.

Toilets

Government regulations require all toilets to flush with 1.6 gallons of water. Many toilets on the market are designed with a much larger flush opening to allow water to go from the tank to the bowl at a much faster rate, which results in a stronger more powerful flush action. In addition, do not put chlorine tablets in your toilet tanks as they will damage the inside plastic parts in the tank.

Shower Heads

Government regulations require a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute flow of water from all new shower heads. You can increase the amount of water from your shower head by removing the flow restrictors located at the junction of the shower arm and the shower head.

Sump Pumps

Have a battery backup system installed to protect you and your home should the primary pump fail. The system consists of a backup battery powered sump pump, a deep cycle marine battery, a charging system, and an alarm to protect you from a flood. Don't store precious keepsakes on the basement floor near the sump pit or the floor drain. Maintain your sump pumps annually.

When you obtain homeowners insurance, be sure to ask your insurance carrier if you need additional coverage to insure your home against water backing up into your basement. 

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Pipe Noises

Plumbing pipes can prove to be noisy. There is almost no way to predict or prevent the problem related to pipes expanding or contracting, as water, hot or cold, flows through not only the waterlines, but also the drain lines.

Other Services

We install and provide water softeners, water filter systems, pressure boosters, battery backup sump pump systems and gas lines. We have two full-sized rubber tire Caterpillar backhoes, a Kubota Mini excavator and a Caterpillar skid steer loader. We are happy to help you remove stumps, spread gravel or any job that requires our equipment.
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