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FAQs

How do I determine if I have a water leak?

 

Make sure all fixtures inside and outside your home are turned off. Then you can go out to your water meter open the lid and check to see if any dial is moving. You may need to observe this for several minutes. When no water is being used nothing should be moving. Even a small leak over a 24 hour period will amount to several gallons and a larger water and sewer bill.

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What are the best ways to check for toilet leaks?

Toilet leaks can be wasteful and expensive. At least once a year, check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the toilet bowl water is colored red, water is seeping through from the tank. If it is leaking, you should replace the tank ball.

How can I prevent clogged drains?

 

Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink. Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs. To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly.

How often should my heating system be serviced?

Always follow your manufacturer’s instruction, especially to maintain manufacturer warranty.

Our recommendation is yearly, prior to the start of the heating season. But know the filter may need to be changed more often depending on the size and quality of the filter, the size of home, and the rate at which your furnace is used, and if there are pets in the home. If you do not regularly change your filter you will diminish the life expectancy and put undo wear and tear of the heating system and lead to part & equipment failure in the long term.

Why doesn't my old water heater work as well as it used to?

If the water heater has a standing pilot, you should periodically inspect your water heater burner. The flame under the heater should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow, or if it’s sooty under there, your flue may be clogged, which is a dangerous situation. Contact a professional to check it out. At least once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. He or she will also check the drain valve for signs of leakage, and the anode rods for corrosion.

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2327 South Ave W, Missoula Montana

(406) 728-0216

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