Here at Webb’s Select-A-Service we get tons of questions from our Altonah clients about how to maintain their plumbing. So we decided to do a two part blog series answering some of those questions. Continue reading to learn more and if you’re in need of professional drain cleaning, contact Webb’s Select-A-Service! We’re here for all your plumbing needs, from drain cleaning to septic tank pumping. Keep our number close at hand for any plumbing problems you may have!

My dishwasher does not completely drain itself – why?

Dishwashers are actually supposed to leave some water in the unit at the end of the washing cycle! This left over water is to keep the element type heater — which is used for drying dishes — from getting to hot. So if you see some water down at the bottom of your dishwasher, don’t worry about it!

What are low-flush toilets? Should I get one?

A low-flush toilet is a high-efficiency toilet that uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet. Not only are they better for the environment, they also save you on water bills. Many people think that a low-flush toilet won’t have the flushing power they need, but new technologies have made them work just as well as traditional toilets. If you are thinking of replacing your toilet, try out a low-flush — they use 1.3 gallons or less per flush, as opposed to the 1.6 gallons or more for a regular toilet. It can save you hundreds in water bills.

How can I use leftover waste water to flush my toilet?

If you’re looking to conserve water in Altonah, using leftover waste water to flush your toilet can be a good way to do so. Usually, water conservation focuses on using less — like installing high-efficiency appliances like a low-flush toilet — but if you find yourself in drought or other crisis, knowing how to use leftover waste water to flush the toilet is effective. Simply pour the water into the bowl and gravity will do the work!

How can I protect my well from freezing?

Some homes here in Altonah get their water from well, and it’s important that your well is well-insulated in order to protect it from freezing. You should have an effective enclosure for the well with a built in heat source for the winter months. Other enclosures are built below ground, below the frost level. If your well is well-built, you shouldn’t have any problem with frozen water. Your winter water issues are more likely a problem of frozen pipes, and you should turn on a faucet when temperatures drop.

Webb’s Select-A-Service Altonah

We love answering your questions about plumbing, after all, it’s our area of expertise! We’ve seen it all when it comes to clogged drains, septic issues, and other plumbing problems, and we’re here to find solutions to your problems. Learn more about our services on our septic tank pumping page and drain cleaning page and contact us today for inspection, maintenance, and regular septic tank pumping. Along with septic tank services, we also specialize in drain cleaning. Learn more and get in touch for all your plumbing needs!