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.