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Plumbing Tips and Information

Plumbing Care

Water Leaks 
Installations and Repairs

Mr. Dan’s Plumbing handles a wide range of installation and repair needs, we also offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services. We only use quality parts and plumbing fixtures to exceed your expectations. Our company was built with you in mind, because you are the most important part.

Plumbing System Care and Maintenance

Septic System
Septic System Care:
Don't use excessive amounts of detergents, bleach or chemicals that may kill the natural bacteria in your septic system. Septic systems should have a maintenance pumping every three to five years, as recommended by the Alabama Department of Public Health, to protect the field line system in your yard.
Water pressure:
Water pressure over 60psi will cause damage to your plumbing system and excessive water usage. If it exceeds 60 pounds, consider installing a pressure reducing valve that will limit the water pressure within your home. Contact Mr. Dan’s Plumbing to find out what the water pressure is entering your home.
Water Meter:
Check your water meter periodically when no water is being used. Make a note of the meter reading and check it eight to 10 hours later, before using the water. If the meter has moved, there is an indication that you may have an undetected water leak. Call Mr. Dan’s Plumbing in the event of a water leak.
Leaky Faucet
Leaky Faucet:
A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste more than eight gallons a day, resulting in 3,000 gallons in a year. This leak will result in higher water bills, drain clogs and septic system failure. At Mr. Dan’s Plumbing, we are experts in faucet repair and replacement. Ensure that all drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and debris from clogging the drain lines.
toilet leak
Toilet Leaks:
Check toilets for leaks. You can do this by adding six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks. If the handle must be held down for it to flush or the handle jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace the worn parts in the tank. The parts are inexpensive, and you'll notice a lower water bill. Check around the base of the toilet for signs of water damage (i.e.; rolled vinyl, black or white stains). To check for a water damaged floor stand straddled over the toilet and rock back and forth on each foot. If the floor feels spongy, it is probably rotting or weakened due to a water leak.
Shower Pressure:
If shower pressure is weak, use vinegar to soak the shower head overnight then clean with an old toothbrush before re-installing. Check for leaky or loose tiles by pressing on the walls and floor where they come in contact with the bathtub. If the walls or floors feel weak, water may have created damage behind the tiles.
At Mr. Dan’s Plumbing, we can turn your plumbing problems into solutions
Washing Machine:
Check washing machine, dishwasher, and icemaker supply hoses for bulges, worn out areas or leaks. Replacing hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years can prevent a plumbing emergency.
Mr. Dan’s Plumbing offers 24/7/365 solutions in the event of a plumbing emergency.
General:
Pour a gallon of water with a little bleach into infrequently used drains to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house. Slow drains should be cleaned out with a rotary machine to ensure proper drainage. Install a backflow valve and cleanout on the main drain exiting your home to prevent backups in your home and access to clean the lines.
Check exposed water and drainage pipes under sinks and in the basement or crawlspace for signs of leaks.
sump pump
Sump Pump:
If your home has a sump pump, test for proper operation by draining a few gallons of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems. At Mr. Dan’s Plumbing (The Professional Plumber), you can consider us the doctor for your drains. We are experts in unclogging slow and stopped up drains.
Appliances
Appliances:
Check the temperature setting on the water heater should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding. Carefully connect a hose to the drain valve located at the base of the tank and flush several gallons of water from the tank. This will remove sediment, which causes corrosion, reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old. The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made. Contact the professionals at Mr. Dan’s Plumbing to discuss your water heater needs

Seasonal Care and Maintenance 
Cold Weather Tips

​During cold weather, disconnect outside water hoses. If left connected, water in the hoses can freeze causing faucets and pipes inside your home to freeze and break. Equip your outside faucets with interior shutoff valves, close them and drain water from lines. Cover outside faucets with an insulation kit.
It is important to make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before freezing temperatures arrive. When pipes freeze, water pressure builds causing cracks that can allow more than 250 gallons of water to be wasted in a single day. Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as garages or crawl spaces.
If you leave home for extended periods, such as vacation, shut off the main water valve and drain the water system by opening faucets at the highest and lowest points of the home.
*** Warning! ***
Many additional steps should be taken to winterize vacation properties that will be uninhabited for weeks or months at a time. Seek professional help from Mr. Dan’s Plumbing for winterizing such properties.
Holiday Tips:
Holiday guest equates to a busy kitchen, extra showers, baths and lots of extra toilet flushes. Pipes may clog due to the added buildup of grease, hair, soap and food particles. It all adds up to potential plumbing disasters. 
Follow these tips to avoid a plumbing disaster
In the kitchen:
  • Avoid washing cooking oils or leftover food down the drain because liquid fats become solid grease and create clogs in the drainage pipes. Wipe the extra grease from pots and pans.
  • Never put items such as poultry skins, carrots, celery, pumpkin pulp or banana peels into the garbage disposer. The disposer can't properly grind these items and they will clog your sink drain.
  • Turn on the disposer before adding food debris. Run cold water down the drain during and 15 seconds after using the garbage disposer to flush solids down the main line.
In the bathroom:
  • Spread out showers throughout the day; wait 10 minutes between showers rather than taking one right after another to conserve water and allow the home drainage system time to recover.
  • Provide a trash can in the bathroom so the toilet doesn’t become a garbage can. Never flush cotton swabs, cotton balls, hair, facial scrub pads, diapers, sanitary products or similar items down the toilet. These items will not dissolve and are responsible for most drain clogs and septic system failure. Call the experts at Mr. Dan’s Plumbing for septic system maintenance or installation.