Basement Hints and Tips


  • Check your water meter over an 8-10 hour period when no water is being used. Make a note of the meter reading and check it again. If your meter has moved, you might have an undetected water leak that needs repair.
  • To prevent sewer gasses from backing up into your home through the basement floor drain or other infrequently used drains, periodically pour a bucket of water down the train to keep the trap seal full.
  • If you have annoying water hammer noises, you can install shock absorbers that absorb vibrations in the water lines.
  • Check your washing machine hoses for bulges or leaks. Replace any hose showing signs of weakness.

Septic tanks should be inspected and pumped every three to five years to prevent costly replacement of the filter field.
Water Heater Safety and Tips:

  • Never store flammable liquids, such as gasoline, adhesives or solvents of any kind near the water heater, furnace or other gas-fired appliances as they may ignite.
  • Conserve energy and prevent scalding by checking the temperature setting on your hot water heater. If should not be above 120 degrees or medium setting on older models.