Hints and Help

Here is a list of helpful hints that may prevent common plumbing and heating problems. If you'd like more information regarding plumbing tips or seasonal precautions, please refer to our Contact Page and complete the text boxes to ask questions.

Emergency Shutoff

Make sure you, as well as your children, know where the emergency shutoff valves are, as well as how to use them. A lot of damage can be prevented if everyone in the house knows how to shut off the water flow. If you plan on going on vacation, or being away from your home for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to shut off the water until you return, if the house will be empty during that time.

My garbage disposal is not working

Before calling a plumber to fix your disposal if it doesn’t turn on, check your breaker box and press the red reset button on the base of the unit.

My toilet is not working

To keep from wasting water and having an unnecessarily high water bill, always check your toilet for leaks. A good way to do this is by putting a few drops of food coloring into your toilet tank. If colored water shows up in your bowl between flushes, this means you have a leak.

My faucet is not working

The little screen-like device you’ll find right inside your faucet is called an aerator. This can become clogged with dirt and debris from your water pipes. If your water flow appears to be restricted, there is one thing you can do before calling a plumber: unscrew the aerator, remove the washer and wash the aerator. Replace the aerator with the washer intact, and this should improve the water flow.

Washing Machine

You should check your washing machine hoses once a year. Replace them right away if they show signs of wear & tear. A good pair of washing machine hoses may be a bit pricey, but it’s worth every penny when you consider how much preventive maintenance it provides.

Leak Prevention

The storage area under your sink is an ideal place for storing cleaning supplies. However, try not to clutter this area too much. Bottles and boxes can get knocked around, and may fall against a drain line, causing a leak.

Gas Safety

If you smell gas in your home, do not under any circumstance turn on any electrical appliance. The smallest spark could ignite the gas. Vacate your home immediately, and call your gas provider and O’Connor Plumbing & Heating from a safe location.