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Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Kentwood Plumbing & Heating works hard to help you when there's a breakdown. We know how annoying and expensive they can be. But here's a list of simple maintenance tips to help prevent costly repairs.

In General

  • Fix leaky faucets promptly. In addition to wasting about 20 gallons of water a day, a leak can ruin your faucet set.
  • Do not use caustic liquid drain openers on a drain that is completely clogged. It can severely damage your pipes.
  • Periodically drain several gallons of water from your water heater. This removes sediment from the bottom of the tank to increase heating efficiency and prolong tank life.
  • Wrap outdoor or crawl space pipes with electric heat tape or insulation to prevent freezing.

In Your Kitchen & Bath

  • Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the drain. Liquid fats solidify in the cold drains pipes and create clogs.
  • To extend the life of your garbage disposal: use plenty of cold water when running; don't overload; never dispose of bones, corn husks, or stringy fibrous material; never use a caustic drain opener; always use tongs or pliers to free objects from the disposal - don't use your hands.
  • Check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. Leaks under sinks should be repaired quickly to avoid damage to cabinets and floors.
  • Use a strainer in bathroom drains. This will prevent hair and soap pieces from clogging drains.
  • Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanity are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.


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