|1. Don't pour liquid grease down the drain. Before
washing pots and pans, wipe out congealed grease with a
2. Once a week run hot water down the drain to help keep
3. Tubs and showers should be fitted with a strainer
that catches hair and soap chips. Clean the strainer
4. Foul odors occur from a build up of food debris
inside your garbage disposer. To eliminate these odors,
place ice cubes and lemon peels in the disposer and run
for about 30 seconds, then rinse with cold water.
5. To prevent sewer gases from backing up into your home
through your basement floor drain, periodically pour a
bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal
6. To remove unsightly mineral deposits on your shower
head, put one cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and place
it over the shower head. Hold it in place with a twist
tie and let stand overnight. In the morning, remove the
bag and the mineral deposits should come off by wiping
with a damp cloth.
7. Repair leaky faucets quickly to avoid further damage
to the fixtures and faucets.
8. Put 12 drops of green food coloring into your toilet
tank to test for silent leaks. If the dye appears in the
bowl, you may need to change the ball or flapper valve.
The toilet is leakfree if no dye appears within 15
9. Do not use your toilet as a wastebasket. Do not flush
items that can be placed in a trash container.
10. Septic tanks should be inspected and pumped every
three to five years to help prevent costly replacement
of the filter field.
11. It is extremely important to know the location of
the main water shut off valve in the house. Find it now
so you're prepared to shut it off fast if a pipe breaks
or the water heater bursts. If located in a locked
closet or shed area, make sure a key is readily
12. If your drainfield appears flooded with water on the
surface of the ground or you have extremely green lawn
in a particular area, check for dripping faucets or
leaky toilets before agreeing to costly repairs. Often a
minor adjustment will fix your problem.
13. Don't use excessive amounts of detergents, bleach or
chemicals that may kill the natural bacteria in your
14. Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
15. To prevent excessive watering of your lawn in the
summertime, purchase an inexpensive spring-loaded timer
which attaches directly to your outside faucet. This
will prevent overwatering in case you forget to shut off
16. Water pressure in your home above 60 pounds per
square inch is harmful to your plumbing system and will
cause excessive water usage. Contact your local water
authority to find out what the water pressure is on your
street. If it exceeds 60 pounds, consider installing a
pressure reducing valve that will limit the water
pressure within your home.
17. When replacing plumbing fixtures, consider the long
term savings by purchasing a high efficiency water
heater, or a low water consumption fixture.
18. Toilets consume more than 40% of your total water
usage. Installation of a new toilet flapper and fill
valve will keep your toilet running efficiently.
19. Conserve energy by checking the temperature setting
on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees
Fahrenheit or medium setting on older models.
20. Replacing an old shower head can save up to 7.5
gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full
spray action at low or high water pressures.
21. Don't put up with any slowly dripping faucets. A
slow drip can waste as much as 150 gallons of water each
day, or 4,500 gallons per month and will add to the