Virginia and Maryland Plumbing Tips

Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Tips

White spots around the outer band of the garbage disposal are a sign of deterioration and replacement of the unit is advisable in the near future. If you are not yet prepared to replace the disposal, placing a water alarm below it might be a useful alert measure.

Please don’t use a liquid sanitizer in your toilet tank. The chemicals are very strong and they can cause the rubber gaskets and fittings in the tank to break down prematurely. They also leave a sticky buildup in the tank and the tank must be removed and cleaned before new parts can be fitted.

If you have a faucet with low water pressure, try this trick before you call me. Remove the aerator from the end of the faucet spout, clean it and replace it with the washer intact. Sometimes a little debris trapped in the aerator can really reduce the water flow from a faucet.

You can keep the housing on your garbage disposal clean and the blades sharp if you run a cup of ice through the unit once a month with plenty of cold water. If you follow that with a few slices of lemon you will sanitize the unit and make your whole kitchen smell lemon fresh.

Misc. Tips

When you have standing water on the floor, resist the urge to walk through it. Trailing power cords and exposed wet power sources can energize water causing injury or even death. Be sure the power supply has been turned off before you get your feet wet..

If you smell gas in your home, please don’t use any electrical appliance because a spark could ignite the gas. Vacate your home immediately and call your gas provider and My Plumber from another location.