Many homes in America feature one important thing: a basement. This house feature has a lot of uses. Many people turn to the basement for storage and a place to put their washing machine and dryer. The area features laundry plumbing and is a likely place to put your water heater as well. With all these pipes and water sources, it's important to know a bit about maintenance:
You don't have to be a plumber to know a little about your washing machine. This handy appliance makes our lives much easier, it’s important that we treat it well so it stays in good condition for years to come. An easy way to keep your machine running smoothly is to check its hoses. If you notice signs of wear, consider replacing old rubber hoses with ones made of braided stainless steel. These newer materials will last longer and are much less likely to crack or leak. In order to spot something wrong, keep an eye on your washing machine water line. If you see this line drastically changing you may have a clog or other issue within your washer. Call Roto-Rooter and we'll send a specialist to assess and address the problem right away.
A common problem that occurs with a washer is that the drain line will clog with hair and other debris from the laundry. Make sure you have a strainer on your washing machine hose to keep out these potentially problematic materials. Another clog that may occur is within the pipes. Lint and other items can build up over time. To avoid this, consider applying Roto-Rooter Pipe Shield. This powerful agent will travel through the pipes, loosening buildup and decreasing the likelihood that your lines will become clogged.
Your water heater is the other major appliance in the basement. This helpful device controls the temperature of the water in all of your sinks, bathtubs and showers. In order to keep your bathing and dishwashing habits comfortable and not too hot, you'll need to occasionally do some maintenance on your water heater. To keep yours running and in good condition, you'll need to flush the tank and check the anode rod each year.
To flush your tank, first turn off the electricity and water to the heater. Then wait several hours for it to cool. When you can touch the tank and is no longer warm, use a garden hose and pump to drain it. The water coming from the tank should be poured into a bucket so you can see what color it is. Dark water means there is a lot of mineral buildup. This can corrode your tank and cause problems with the temperature. Refill the tank with clean water and then repeat this draining process until the water is clear. Remove your hose and pump and turn on both the water and electricity so your water heater can return to its normal functioning. You'll want to let everyone in your household know that they will be without hot water for a few hours before hand. For water heater repair issues, call Roto-Rooter. We'll help figure out the problem and offer solutions that fit best for your budget.
If you find you have a plumbing issue that is too complex for you to fix yourself, or you're not sure why something isn't working, be sure to check out Roto-Rooter's list of basement plumbing services. We are also available by phone for questions and scheduling.