Plumbing System

The main water shutoff was pointed out to you during check-in. You should know the location of the main shutoff and individual shutoffs in all the bathrooms and the kitchen. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you must close the main water shutoff for the house at once. Flowing water can cause severe damage to your home and its contents. The main water shutoff for your house is normally located on the garage wall towards the front of the garage or on the side exterior wall.

A shutoff valve for the property is also located at the water meter. Please make certain that everyone in your household knows the locations of the main shutoff valves.

Other water shutoffs are located under the sinks in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Each toilet has a shutoff valve behind the toilet bowl. Another water shutoff is located on the top of the water heater. It controls the flow of water to the water heater and should be closed in the event of a leak in the water heater. You and others in your home should know where these water shutoffs are and how they work. Each plumbing fixture in your home has a drain pipe specially designed to provide a water vapor barrier between your home and the sewer. The drain pipe or trap is the U-shaped area of pipe directly under the sink. The trap holds water which prevents the airborne bacteria and odor of sewer gas from entering your home. If any of your faucets are used infrequently, we suggest that they be turned on occasionally to replace the water in the trap lost to evaporation. Because of their shape, the traps are the most likely area to become clogged.

Fiberglass or Acrylic Bathtub and Shower Stalls
Fiberglass or acrylic are lightweight materials which add beauty and style to bathroom tubs and showers. You can preserve the original high gloss finish by regular cleaning with a liquid soap or detergent. Do not use abrasive cleansers. Always rinse the walls and the door of the shower after each use. Occasional applications of automotive-type wax or Rain-x will add luster and beauty to these surfaces. Most stains can be removed with bleach.

Fixtures
Most of the plumbing fixtures in your new home are plated with polished brass, bright chromium or a combination of the two materials which are resistant to water corrosion. The brass and chromium plating materials are, however, relatively soft and can be damaged with abrasive cleansers, scouring pads and tools. Clean the fixtures with warm soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry to prevent spotting and soap buildup.

If water is permitted to accumulate and stand at the base of the fixtures, corrosion and tarnishing can result. Always wipe the area dry.

Hard water can spot and damage bright chromed plumbing fixtures. While this is not entirely preventable, you can minimize the staining and discoloration by drying the fixtures after each use.

Avoid excessive force when you turn your faucets on and off. The seals in the faucets can be damaged in a short time.

Faucets are equipped with aerators which mix air with the stream of water to prevent splashing. They need to be cleaned occasionally to remove a buildup of mineral deposits. When you notice that he stream of water has lessened, unscrew the aerator from the mouth of the faucet. Remove the debris and rinse the washers and screens. Replace the parts in their original order and screw the aerator onto the faucet. Perform this maintenance as needed, usually every few months.

Toilets
Toilets are made of vitreous china, a glasslike material that is almost impervious to staining. Clean your toilets with a toilet bowl cleaner and a brush or cloth. Vitreous china is brittle and will easily break or shatter if hit with a hard object.

Water conservation regulations have mandated the use of low flow or water-saving toilets in new homes. These toilets use less water so they are important elements in the area’s water conservation program. However, at times you may notice an incomplete flush. When this happens, allow the tank to refill, then repeat the flush.

Always keep a plumber’s plunger on hand to use in the event of a stoppage of a toilet. If a stoppage occurs, close the shutoff valve on the backside of the toilet. Usually, a few vigorous pumps with the plunger will free the obstruction.

Do not use drain cleaners for toilets. The harsh chemicals in drain cleaners can damage the toilet seals and cause a leak.

If the toilet refills every few minutes, turn the water to the toilet off and flush the toilet. After the water has drained from the tank, lift the rubber drain stopper in the bottom of the tank and wipe the bottom with a cloth or paper towel. Also wipe the top of the drain pipe to remove any contaminants preventing the stopper from sealing.

If the toilet continues to refill, contact our office for further assistance.