Know the location of the main water shut-off valve; it’s usually by the
water meter. Also know where additional shut-off valves are for your
water heater, water softener, clothes washer, dishwasher and all
kitchen and bathroom sinks. Test those shut-off valves once each
year to make sure they operate properly.
If you notice dripping water from any faucet or valve, have it repaired
immediately. This not only saves water but also insures the correct
operation of your water softener. If you hear a toilet “running” have it
repaired or replaced for the same reason.
Purchase plumbing fixtures and faucets from a plumbing contractor
who backs up the manufacturer’s warranty and provides his own
warranty for workmanship. The average life expectancy for a water
heater and water softener is 15 – 20 years The life expectancy for
a garbage disposer is 10 years.
In most locations your home…
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