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Water Cut-Off:  Something everyone in your household should be aware of and that is the location of your water cut-off. Minutes can feel like hours if you have water flooding your home, and you can't figure out where the cut off is located. Find it now and show it to the rest of your family. A quick response can help save your valuables from any major water damage.

Faucet Leaks: Observe your meter: Read the water meter, noting the position of the clock-style hand that records individual gallons. Wait at least 15 minutes without using water. Look at the meter again to see if the hand moved. If it did not, there are probably no leaks. Waiting longer between meter readings (overnight, for instance) might help you detect slow or intermittent leaks If the meter hand moved, check all of your faucets for visible leaks.

Toilet Leaks: Add a few drops of food coloring to the water in the tank. Do not flush. Wait one (1) hour to see if the colored water appears in the toilet bowl. If it does, there is a leak. Repairing the leak is normally inexpensive and easy to do. Replacement part kits are available at most hardware stores. If there appears to be no leaks inside your home;

Underground Leaks:  Open your faucet to verify that the valve is working, the water flow should stop completely. Go outside to the meter, if the meter is still running, there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing between the meter and the house. After making the repairs, repeat the meter reading procedure to verify that all leak(s) have been properly repaired.

Water Heaters:  Most people are not even aware that a water heater has to be maintained. Sediment and scale buildup can reduce the life of your water which will cause your water heating costs to rise. Flushing out a water heater on a yearly basis or sooner should be on your list of home maintenance things to do. We are very experienced in water heater repair and installation. 

Garbage Disposals:  From what I have witnessed, most people put a lot of food in the disposal which forces all the food down the drain at one time. It's hard on your garbage disposal and it can cause your drain to stop up more frequently. To help insure proper working order turn on your faucet full force and while the disposal is running gradually put your food down in small portions. If you don't run sufficient water the waste will not go down the drain fully.

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