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Plumbing Check-Up List

Emberley's Plumbing would like to provide you with a few plumbing tips to keep your home from running into what could be major problems down the road.


Check for faucet leaks.

*One dripping tap, at two drips per minute equals 2,880 drips per day, and that comes out to a whopping 276 liters of wasted water in a year! Make repairs to save water and money.

Inspect toilets for leaks. TIP: Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.

Turn off and on sink and toilet water valves to prevent them from sticking.

Flush toilets to determine if the handle has to be held down or jiggled to stop the water from running. If the water continues to run you may need to replace some worn parts. These parts are inexpensive.


Clean mineral deposits from showerheads. Remove the shower head and soak in a vinegar solution over night. An old toothbrush provides a gentle scrub and helps remove mineral buildup.

Hot Water Tank

To reduce the expense of your hot water tank, make sure your water heater is well insulated and insulate the hot water pipes if they are open. To prevent scalding you should also turn the water heater down to between 50 and 55oC.


Inspect the water hoses of dishwasher, washing machine and ice-maker for bulges or leaks. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or those that are older than ten years.

Sump Pump

If your home has a sump pump, don't wait for a flooded basement to see if it is working properly. Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems.

As An Added Safety Measure every member of the family should know where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to use it.

Prepare For The Cold Days of Winter.

Consider proper insulation under your home. It not only adds to your comfort during those cold winter months but can also prove to save you a great deal in over-all heating costs. It is important to also have the insulation around the perimeter of your home and not just in the floor. Stopping the cold from getting in equals a hassle free winter.

Frost Free Hydrants - Require seasonal draining. Prior to the first freeze, shut off the interior valve; disconnect hoses from the exterior faucet; open the faucet and drain all water from the frost-free stem and shut the faucet.

Older homes run a greater risk of exterior faucets freezing. Consider having a Frost Free Hydrant installed. Installation is a simple matter, and in the end it can protect your home from water damage caused by ruptured pipes due to freezing. Contact us for more information on Frost Free Hydrants for your home.

Know where your water main is in the event that you need to shut it off in an emergency.

Insulate all exposed water pipes. Use foam padding sleeves or special insulating tape.

If your home has a Crawl Space, try using a CSA space heater placed at a safe distance from all wooden structures. Set the heater on low to reduce energy costs.

Remove and store all garden hoses.

These are just a few preventative measures. If you have any questions, contact us and we'd be more than happy to assist you.

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