Do-it-yourself tips for the handy homeowner
Posted 03:09 March 12, 2018
Last Updated 03:22 May 24, 2018
- Shut off all outside valves in the winter.
- Leave outside hoses attached to the hose bib during winter.
- Test and inspect toilets for leaks each year.
- Oil all parts inside the toilet tank that is above the water level.
- Flush seldom used toilets at least once a month.
- Keep toilet seats down when not in use.
- Hang objects or shelves over your toilet.
- Use chlorine based cleaners that sit and stay inside the tank.
- Use your toilet tank lid as a shelf.
- Pour hot water into the toilet, it might crack and break the bowl.
- Dispose of paper towels, sanitary napkins, or disposable diapers into toilet.
- Put a mechanical cleaning device (snakes) into your toilet tank.
- Let children play in bathroom with small toys.
Bathtubs and Showers
- Periodically remove and clean all faucet aerators.
- Check shower door track, make sure there are no leaks.
- Pour 2-3 gallons of boiling hot water down shower and tub drains once a month.
- Check caulk lines on walls and around showers and tubs annually.
- Teach your children to always turn on cold water first and hot water off first.
- Leave drips and leaks unfixed.
- Run water in seldom used sinks and drains at least once a month.
- Put coffee grounds or similar waste in your sink drains.
- Use any drain cleaners that contain lye.
- Keep trash baskets under sinks. Bumping your drain pipes over time will cause them to leak.
- Pour fats, grease, or cooking oils down your sink.
Water Supply Pipes and Valves
- Open sink cabinet doors on exterior walls during severe cold weather. The added room warmth will help prevent frozen pipes.
- Insulate pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures.
- Use a blow dryer, space heater, or heat gun to thaw out frozen pipes.
- Use torches or open flames to thaw frozen pipes.
- Run it only when full and during off-peak hours.
- Run the dishwasher if your food disposer is full of waste.
- Run water at full pressure before using the disposer.
- Place artichokes, corn husks, celery, onionskins, or other high-fiber material into the disposer.
- Drain your hot water heater twice a year to remove built up sediments.
- Turn off the hot water when leaving for a week or more.
- Set water temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Call before you dig.
- Open and close all cutoff valves two times a year.
- Spray oil or WD-40 on seldom used valves. It will help prevent seizing.
- Tape warranty cards to the back of all appliances.
- Have a diagram of your sewer system on hand for emergency situations.
- Keep All Trade's phone number near the phone in case of emergency. (Bookmark All Trades in your browser)
- Dig deep holes or trenches in your yard before locating and identifying water, gas, and sewer lines.
- Plant trees or large shrubs over or around sewer lines.
- Leave water turned on to garden hoses when not in use.
- Hire a plumber to do any work without completely understanding what he is about to do.