appliances, plumbing, drains
Appliance manufacturers furnish operating instructions and information on trouble-shooting appliance problems. These instructions will provide you with valuable information on the safe operation and maintenance of your appliances.
- Plumbing installations in your new home seldom cause trouble.
- Faucet packing’s will fail after considerable time and use, however, and their replacement is one of the most common of household tasks.
- The world's best preventive maintenance for plumbing failure is to avoid discarding any clogging materials into sinks and toilet bowls.
- Do not pour grease down your drain and remove hair and lint from sinks to avoid clogging.
- To prevent the buildup of residual grease and soap, it is as well to perform a simple monthly maintenance routine; run hot water through drain, add three tablespoons of washing soda, add a little hot water, let stand for 15 minutes; then flush by running water.
- Do not use lye or its derivative with plastic piping.
- It is possible that the outlet from your dishwasher empties into your garbage disposal.
- Do not permit the accumulation of food in the garbage disposal to cause a blockage when operating your dishwasher. If your garbage disposal becomes blocked when grinding food waste, consult the manufacturer's maintenance manuals - normally there is a reset button located on the disposal.
To properly maintain the garbage disposal:
• Do not load the disposal before starting.
• Do not use commercial drain products.
• Use cold water at all times when the disposal is operating.
• Grind ice cubes to clean, lemon peels to sweeten.
• Check and tighten drain trap connections as may be necessary after frequent use.
• Read your maintenance manual.
- If your toilet runs continuously, remove the cover from the water tank. You will likely see that water above the overflow pipe is causing this problem.
- On top of the valve inside the water tank there is a screw to adjust the water level.
- During freezing weather, frost proof faucets are not frost proof unless hoses and other appliances are disconnected prior to freezing weather.
- The most common cause of burst water pipes is a frozen frost proof faucet which has not been allowed to drain properly.
- It is normal for an exterior sillcock to drip some water after use.
- The seal which turns off the water is located 12 inches inside the house.
- Consequently, when the water is turned off, the water in the chamber will continue to drip to the outside until the chamber is empty.
- Over-tightening the handle will cause you to destroy the seal.
Hot Water Tank
- Your hot water tank has a 40 gallon capacity.
- When the forty gallons of hot water is used, you must wait for forty more gallons of fresh water to be heated.
- The red dial located on the lower part of your tank is a temperature setting only - it will not increase the capacity of your tank!
- Always test the water before using, as water that is too hot may scold or injure.