- Corrosive drain cleaners, such as those on supermarket shelves, frequently cause injury to plumbers or homeowners when they open pipes or sink traps to do repairs. Use non-corrosive drain cleaners—they are better for safety and the environment.
- Treat faucets gently; when turning on and off, use normal hand pressure only.
- Use caution when using hanging toilet bowl deodorants. They are prone to slipping and lodging deep in your plumbing system. Certain chlorine tablets may also corrode toilet tank components, leaving you with a major hard-to-get-at leak.
- Use lemon peel in garbage disposal once a month to keep odors at bay.
- According to the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, it takes only ½ second to scald someone in 150°F water, one second in 140°F water and four minutes in 120°F water. Most newer model water heaters are factory set at 120°F, but older model units can produce much higher temperatures. Have AH Jordan Plumbing and Mechanical inspect and adjust your water heater's temperature today!
- Frequent furnace filter changes ensures that your furnace is operating at full efficiency as saves money as well. Change your filter at least twice a year, although monthly filter changes are ideal.
- Consider investing in an automatic setback thermostat; this device can be programmed for maximum comfort while you're home as well as to save energy when you're not.
- Install or relocate carbon monoxide detectors near bedrooms versus in proximity to CO-emitting appliances. The greater from CO generally occurs when people are sleeping.
- Never store flammable item in close proximity to water heaters, furnaces or boilers.
- Knowing where your main shut-off may be the fastest way to stop water flow if a pipe burst and starts to flood your home.
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