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Cost-Saving Plumbing Tips Even Non-Plumbers Can Use

showerhead
Showerheads:
​Weak or changing water pressure in the showerhead usually points to a mineral buildup in the showerhead. Clean the outlet holes with a pin or unscrew the faceplate and soak it overnight in vinegar. Wipe it clean before re-installing it on the showerhead.
Scalding Tap Water:
Many people are scalded by tap water every year. Gas appliance manufacturers recommend that the full-on hot water temperature at the faucet be set between 120° and 125° F.
Garbage Disposer
Garbage Disposal:
​When operating your garbage disposal, use cold water to avoid overheating. You can clean and deodorize your disposal by grinding ice cubes and lemon peels. Of course, you should read your maintenance manual.

​Garbage Disposer Stops Working – If your disposer stops, you can check the reset button. The disposal has an overload protector that shuts it off if it’s overheating. If your disposer cuts off during operation the best thing to do is: Turn the disposer switch off. Do not put hands or objects down drain. Make sure the appliance is plugged in securely at the outlet. With power switch turned off, press the reset switch on front or bottom of the garbage disposer. Restart disposer by turning on power switch. If the disposal doesn’t work, you can contact Mr. Dan‘s Plumbing, where we specialize in the repair, installation and maintenance of garbage disposals.
Water Moisture in the Home:
​Make sure that ventilating fans are installed in your kitchen and baths. These rooms can produce a lot of moisture. Ventilating fans are great but will be of no use if they are not turned on!
Mildew
Mildew:
​Ventilate basements or run dehumidifiers to dry the air, walls and furnishings. Keep your showers and tubs clean of soap scum so that they dry quicker. Air out your bathroom cabinets and kitchen sink cabinet.
Pipe insulation
Pipe Insulation:
Insulate water pipes before it gets cold! When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and cold water from your faucets may keep your pipes from freezing. If your pipes are not insulated, they can freeze even with a small flow of water. Insulated pipes can freeze when there is no water movement to keep the pipes warm.
Roots:
​Roots are a big problem. They grow into the joints of the pipes and separate the lines resulting in a blockage. Products designed to reduce the growth of roots should be flushed down the toilet at night before bed. These products slow the growth but do not stop them.