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Maintenance Tips

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward keeping your home’s plumbing in top working order – and you will avoid costly repairs!

Faucets and Sinks

  • Even small drips can waste thousands of gallons of water, as much as 150 gallons a day! Be sure to check under sinks for moisture or small leaks. Always repair leaky faucets right away to avoid paying for wasted water and damage to your home.
  • Remove and clean your faucet aerators annually to ensure an even flow of water.
  • Make sure overflow holes on tubs and vanities are clear and open to prevent water damage to floors and ceilings.

Water Heater

  • Before doing any maintenance on your water heater yourself, be sure to shut off the thermostat, and read your owner’s manual.
  • Periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty in the area, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to inspect it.
  • At least once every two years have your water heater inspection by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage and the anode rods for corrosion.


  • Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of blue food coloring to the tank and then later, check the toilet bowl. If the toilet bowl water is colored blue, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking the seal may need to be replaced.


  • To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips. Clean the strainer regularly.
  • Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.
  • Avoid using caustic liquid drain openers (such as Drano or Liquid Plumber) on a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients are trapped in your pipes, and it can severely damage the pipes. If you cannot snake the drain yourself, contact Sacramento’s drain clearing experts, Crystal Blue Plumbing.

Garbage Disposal Tips

Garbage Disposer Stops Working

Turn the disposer switch off.

Do not put hands or objects down drain.

Make sure the appliance is plugged in securely at the outlet.

With power switch turned off, press reset switch on front or bottom of the garbage disposer.

Restart disposer by turning on power switch

Seek expert garbage disposal installation if still not working

Cleaning Your Garbage Disposer

To clean your garbage disposal, fill with ice cubes and a cup of rock salt, and run it for five seconds.

Deodorize your garbage disposal by running warm water while grinding lemon or orange peels.

While the disposer is still running, pour a small amount of liquid dish detergent into it

Rinse any remaining debris away by running cold water for about 30 seconds

Good Practices

Use cold water when you grind food; hot water can melt fats and clog the mechanism and pipes

Don’t put abrasive fluids like bleach, drain cleaners, or other chemicals down the unit

Avoid putting the following into your garbage disposal: coffee grounds, overly fibrous materials (like artichokes or corn husks), glass, metal, or rubber

Be sure to run water before and after using your garbage disposal

Remember, disposals use both water and electricity.

You can extend the life of your garbage disposal by using plenty of cold water when running it.

Make sure you avoid overloading the disposal; never dispose of hard solid food items such as bones or corn husks.

Never use a caustic drain opener, pour ice cubes in disposal once a month to quiet it and clean around waste table.


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