To verify proper operation
Twice a year
- Turn on the hot and cold water and observe for adequate water pressure and drainage.
- If water pressure is low, unscrew the piece (aerator) at the end of the spigot and inspect the filter screen. Wash out any trapped pieces of debris, then reinstall.
- If sink is slow to drain, you can try some drain cleaner to see if that helps. Use a funnel when pouring to avoid splashing acid on the basin surface. Drain cleaners should not be used if your home is on a septic system.
- Another alternative to clear a drain would be to disassemble the trap (“U”-shaped pipe) under the sink to try and clear any obstruction. Put a bucket under the trap first, as it usually contains a small amount of water. This also works well for fishing out small valuables that go down the drain.
- To clean sink surfaces, use a non-abrasive cleanser and warm water on a damp sponge.
Bathtubs & Sinks
- Turn on the cold and hot water and check for adequate water pressure and drainage.
- If you notice low water pressure in the shower, unscrew the shower head and flush it out, against the direction of normal flow, to clear any debris.
- A rubber plunger can usually unclog any drain obstructions. If that doesn’t work, you can try some drain cleaner to see if that helps, but again, use a funnel when pouring to avoid splashing acid on the tub or shower surface.
- Drain cleaners should not be used if your home is on a septic system.
- Clean surfaces with a non-abrasive cleanser and warm water on a damp sponge.
- Use brass cleaner on solid brass fixtures, not coated brass.
- Clean often using a non-abrasive cleanser. Never mix cleaners, especially those containing bleach.
- Avoid scrubbing bowl too hard with a toilet brush. Bristle rod may scratch porcelain.
- Avoid using drop-in type cleaners.
- Condensation on the outside of the tank is not a leak – try purchasing a tank cover if desired.
- See “Bathtubs & Sinks” above for cleaning suggestions.
- To avoid motor damage, never operate jets unless outlet ports are covered by at least three inches of water.
- If jets don’t work, check to see if GFI outlet switch is tripped in the tub equipment housing area.