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It Pays to Maintain Your Pipes!
Take Care of Your Pipes and Save $$$ on Plumbing Services
“When poured down a kitchen sink, grease from cooking oils and fats cool and adhere to pipes like glue. That’s bad for a homeowner, who ends up with clogged drains and an expensive plumbing job.”
+ More from Mt. Pleasant Waterworks“The commode was designed for one purpose—to remove human waste, not trash, from homes and businesses. When you use the toilet to dispose of things that belong in the trash can, you not only waste water, but you risk clogging your home’s sewer pipes or sewer lines in the street.”+ More from Charleston Water System"All plumbing systems develop clogs—there's simply no way to avoid it. However, most stopped-up sinks and plugged toilets can be fixed without calling in a plumber. Remember, if you can't clear a clog after a few attempts, turn the job over to a drain-cleaning service or licensed plumber. Exerting too much force can permanently damage a pipe or fixture.”+ More from This Old House
Easy Ways to Save $$$ on Your Next Water Bill

  • Up to 1,000 Gallons/Month – Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
  • Up to 150 Gallons/Month – Shorten your shower by a minute or two.
  • 25 Gallons/Month – Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
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Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips - Outside

Now that Spring has arrived it’s a good idea to check your home’s plumbing system before we have potentially heavy rains. Check all outside hose bibs for leaks. Also all yard drains, gutters and downspouts. If debris builds up in your gutters and drains could clog, leading to water damage, leaks and mold growth – not things you want to deal with.

Spring Plumbing Maintenance Tips - Inside

It’s a good idea to check all of your faucets for drips or leaks and have them repaired as soon as possible. A dripping faucet may not seem like it amounts to much, that single faucet could leak as many as five gallons of water a day.

Also, make sure all of the drains have strainers to prevent hair, soap and other debris from getting stuck and forming clogs. If you have a clogged drain, try to unclog it quickly or it could build up and will require a plumber to snake the line.

Finish checking for leaks by inspecting your toilet. The easiest way to do this is by squeezing a few drops of food coloring into the tank part and waiting about half an hour. Then come back and look inside the toilet bowl to see if the water has changed color. If so, this means that the toilet tank has a leak and leaky toilet tanks can mean much higher water bills. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to check your toilet for cracks, and that it is attached firmly to the floor.

It’s always a good idea to look under all sinks for possible leaks and a good maintenance idea is to pour some water into infrequently used drains. This will refill any odor traps that may have dried up over the winter and prevent the “bad-egg smells from coming up through your pipes.