Ounce of Prevention Plumbing - High Quality Work Everyone Can Afford
Here is a list of the most commonly asked questions I get. For most people it's difficult to get simple answers to questions about your house. Plumbing seems to be one of the more complicated of these topics, as I have heard different answers to the same question my entire career. I decided to post all the knowledge I have from years of actually being in the field and seeing for myself what people should expect. If you see something I missed, please e-mail me and I will answer any questions/concerns you may have. These are the common time lines for life of fixtures/appliances. These are rough timelines that will apply to most people, but not all. 
 
water heater
flush heater                      1/year
replace                        8/10years
 
Toilets
replace flapper                5/years
replace toilet                 25/years
 
disposer
replace                     10-12/years
 
Faucets
high end                      30+/years
entry level                   5-8/years
 
recirc pumps
replace                          10/years
Preventative Maint
 
disposers
What you can't put down your disposer. Vegetables, vegetable peels, fruit, fruit peels, pastas, egg shells, rice, bones, anything that sticks to your hand when wet.
 
European shower valves
Every two years European valves should be cleaned and lubricated. Every 10 years replace cartridge and pistons/screens.
 
Drains
Fill sinks to top with hot water and pull stopper with faucet still running. once per month, for any sink. bathtubs and showers use a good hair catcher and call a plumber when it slows down.
 
NEVER USE LIQUID DRAIN CLEANING PRODUCTS!!! THEY CAN DAMAGE YOUR DRAIN DESPITE WHAT THE BOTTLE SAYS.
 
 
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