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Helpful Hints

Ray's Plumbing & Sewer Service will always be here to help you with all your Plumbing and Sewer needs. We even have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind, while you're at home. Some may sound silly, but all of our tips are extremely useful. Take a look down below.

  • Don't pour liquid grease down the drain. Before washing pots and pans, wipe out congealed grease with a paper towel.
  • Once a week fill your sinks with hot water, then let it drain. This is a power flush to help keep the drain free-flowing.
  • Tubs and showers should be fitted with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips. Clean the strainer regularly.
  • Foul odors occur from a build-up of food debris inside your garbage disposer. To eliminate these odors, place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposer and run for about 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water.
  • To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home through your basement floor drain, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal full. Sewer smells usually come from drains in your home that do not have traps or traps that have dried up.
  • To remove unsightly mineral deposits on your shower head, put one cup of vinegar or lime-a-way (which can be bought at your local hardware or grocery store) in a plastic bag and place it over the shower head. Hold it in place with a twist tie and let stand overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and the mineral deposits should come off by wiping with a damp cloth.
  • Repair leaky faucets quickly to avoid further damage to the fixtures and faucets.
  • Put 12 drops of red food coloring into your toilet tank to test for silent leaks. If the dye appears in the bowl, you may need to change the ball or flapper valve. The toilet is leak-free if no dye appears within 30 minutes.
  • Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket. Do not flush items that can be placed in a trash container.
  • Septic tanks should be inspected and pumped every three years to help prevent costly replacement of the filter field.
  • It is extremely important to know the location of the main water shut-off valve in the. house. Find it now so you’re prepared to shut it off fast if a pipe breaks or the water heater bursts.
  • Don’t put up with any slowly dripping faucets. A slow drip can waste gallons of water each day and will add to the water bill.
  • Once a year, drain water from the bottom of your water heater to remove sediment, which extends the life of your water heater.
  • If water backup occurs in a basement floor drain flush the stool to see if the water backs up more. This means your main sewer is blocked from the house to the city main. If this occurs you should stop running water and have your drain cleaned.
  • If you live in a slab home or have a crawl space and the water backs up in the tub when you flush the stool or run water, it means the sewer is backed up from the house to the city main. If this occurs you should stop running water and have your drain cleaned.
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