HELPFUL HOMEOWNER INFORMATION
A few things to keep in mind if some minor plumbing difficulties arise:
• If the dishwasher is not working, be sure electric switch is in the “on” position.
• If disposal is not working, push red reset button located under the counter on the disposal unit itself. If it still doesn’t turn and only hums, it is jammed. Use wrench provided and turn back and forth at the bottom of the unit until it is freed.
• In bathtubs not used often, keep water in the trap to avoid sewer odors.
• To maintain the finish on faucets, drains, whirlpool jet rings, etc. use only water and a soft cloth. Any cleaners or solutions containing ammonia, chloride, vinegar (i.e. anything with acidic properties) can damage the finish. Chrome is the most durable.
• No types of cleaning products are recommended for use in toilet tanks including chlorine tablets and liquid additives. Their use causes the rubber flapper to shrivel which prevents the flapper from sealing properly. Cleaning additives are okay to use in the toilet bowl.
• Do not flush ANY feminine hygiene products down toilets.
• If problems arise with toilets stopping up, consider switching brands of toilet tissue, as the fluffier ones tend to stop up the lines more easily.
• There is a whole house shut-off in your home. Find out where it is in case of an emergency such as a burst pipe leaking inside a wall/ceiling or a leak under the house.
• Each fixture except tubs and showers have individual shut-offs for hot and cold water located underneath the fixture. This allows you to manually turn off water to a leaking faucet or toilet that is about to overflow. Please note that if the shut-off to the hot water heater is turned off, this will turn off hot water to the house.
Hopefully these hints will help alleviate plumbing problems.