So your water bill is up a few bucks and you suspect that one of your toilets may be leaking. Here is a simple home test that can help you find out which toilet is actually leaking.
Remove the lid to the toilet tank. You want to color the water in the tank to see if it shows up in the bowl. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, you have a leak. You can probably find some dye packs made for this at your local hardware store. If not, try some purple Kool-Aid mix or instant coffee. Put enough in the tank to color the water. Wait about 20 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes colors, you have a leak. A properly operating toilet will not allow the colored water from the tank to reach the bowl until it is flushed.
If you need help with your toilet repair call a professional plumber.
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As the temperatures outside change with the seasons or competition for hot water increases within your house you may find it necessary to adjust the temperature on your gas water heater.
You will need a food thermometer to help you find the right temperature.
First, test the temperature of your water. Open the hot side of the faucet all the way and allow the water to run for a minute or two. Then fill a glass with the hot water. Measure the temperature with the thermometer. A recommended safe temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Find the temperature adjustment dial near the bottom by the pilot light on your water heater. Examine the dial. Most dials are labeled by degrees or range from warm to hot. Read your owner’s manual to identify the temperature ranges.
Turn the temperature adjustment dial up or down a modest amount. Try adjusting in ¼ inches to avoid over adjusting. Once you adjust the water heater, give the heater an hour to adjust, and then retest the temperature at the faucet. If necessary repeat the process until you get the desired safe temperature.
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The garbage disposal
is a great appliance if used properly. If used incorrectly it can be come costly. Home owners should know that their drain pipes
can handle only so much liquid and solids at one time. Here are a few tips to keep you from having to call a plumber
1. Always turn on the water first before using the disposal and leave the water running for a few seconds after turning of the disposer.
2. Never dump a pot or container of anything into the disposer at one time. Large amounts of food or waste will clog your disposer and or drain line. Large amounts of food should be dumped into the trash.
3. Vegetable peelings will pass by the blades of a disposer and get hung up in the trap. Vegetable peelings should go in the trash to prevent clogging.
4. Rice, pasta and celery are also best for the trash can.
disposers are best to use with smalls amounts of food while cleaning your plates off, not for cleaning out the refrigerator.
If your disposer jams or clogs call a professional plumber to help you with your problem.
Small undetected water leaks can add up to as much as 12% of your household water bill. One of the most common locations to find a leak is the toilet.
There are a number of indicators to let you know that your toilet needs some simple repairs. Here are some sure signs that you have a leaking toilet:
1. Do you have to jiggle the handle to make it stop running?
2. Does the toilet make any noise when it is not in use?
3. Do you see water running over the top of the overflow tube?
4. Do you have to hold the handle down to make it flush completely?
5. Do you see water trickling down the sides of the toilet bowl after it has been flushed?
6. Does the water cut on and off when not being used?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you probably have a leaking toilet. A simple repair can save you plenty on your water bill. If you need help with the repair call a professional plumber to help you repair your leak.
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