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Tips for San Diego Plumbing Maintenance

Sep 24, 2012

San Diego Plumbers see a lot of plumbing issues that could have been prevented with a little extra care. Here, we’ll share some information about maintaining your home and avoiding costly repairs.

Homeowners commonly have the misconception that they should run the water when using the garbage disposal. This is actually not true! Water can actually lodge debris in places that are difficult to rinse or flush out, causing future problems like backups or offensive odors.

Make sure your toilet is not leaking. To find out if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the in the toilet bowl, you have a leak and should give your local San Diego plumber a call. Not only can they fix your leak, they can recommend ways to conserve water and save on utility bills.

It’s also important to make sure your water heater is running efficiently so you don’t waste money, water or expose yourself to harsh minerals. Know what size your hot water tank is or look into tankless water heaters. Try to get some idea of the quantity of water being used by each appliance and people in your home. This will help you decide on the best size or type of water heater for your home. Consulting with a San Diego plumbing specialist can also help you save a lot of money in the long run, through utility savings and water conservation rebates.

If you notice discoloration or have some other indication that water is seeping into your walls, shut off your water supply immediately

and call your plumber (at Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air, we provide all new customers with brightly colored markers for their emergency shut-offs). Discoloration in your walls or ceiling may indicate that you have a serious plumbing issue and could lead to harmful mold and mildew or significant structural damage.

To prevent flooding or water damage caused by leaks, you can install a flood alarm. Flood alarms work like smoke alarms. They run on batteries and alert you when water is detected.

If your washing machine is overflowing, you may be able to resolve this with a pipe snake. It may just be lint or small debris from the machine caught in the pipe, but if you are not familiar with using a pipe snake, you should call a professional plumber. Don’t forget to make sure they are licensed and bonded. In addition to being licensed and well insured, Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air even offers a 100% money back guarantee.

You might save some money if you DIY or hire a handy-man, but when it comes to maintaining plumbing systems in your home, it’s often not worth the risk. You’ve heard the old adage, you get what you pay for…and plumbing in San Diego is not where you want to test this. Your home’s plumbing should be tended to with long-term planning in mind, not quick fixes.

For more about annual preventative maintenance for plumbing in San Diego, call us at (866) 374-0402 or request information online.

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