1) Always run cold water down your disposal while it is running. If you pour grease down the disposal it will eventually clog the sink drain.

2) If your garbage disposal has an odor, place half a frozen lemon or lime in the disposal and let it run for 15 seconds without running the water.  Let it sit for a while and then rinse it down. You should only put normal scrapings from you dishes in your garbage disposal.  Put the larger portions in the garbage can.

3) Make sure your outside faucets are turned off inside and open the outside faucet and allow the water to drain. Frost proof outside faucets normal do not have a shut off valve inside, but be sure to remove your hoses because the will freeze.  Drain your hoses so the don’t freeze and split.

4) Locate you main water shut off for your house and tag it. Many floods occur because no one knows where it is.

5) If you leave for vacation, always turn off your water at the main shut off or at the water meter if you don’t know where the main shut off is located. You never know if a water line or washer hoses may break and flood you home.  In addition you power may go out and you pipe could freeze.

6) Small drips can waste over eight gallons of water a day, and a running toilet can waste more than 200 gallons of water per day.  Check your water bill to see if your money is going down the drain.  A high water bill compared to a normal one may signal its time for some repairs, or that your water service is leaking. Many water companies will give you a rebate on a high water bill if you show them a bill from a plumber stating that you have replace or repaired your water service. A normal water bill is usually between 5000 and 10,000 gallons per month.

7) Don’t assume your handy man is a licensed plumber.  Check with the Division of Plumbing to find out if the person holds a Masters Plumbing License.

8) Be wary of quotes that are strikingly lower or higher then competitors. Read agreements carefully to be sure the companies are bidding on the same work.  Don’t just look at the price. Get a minimum of three bids for major repairs, remodeling or new construction.

Call Jackson Plumbing at (502) 491-2250