D&B Plumbing Tips and Tricks

Signs that you may have a pipe leak:

  • Water bills that seem unusually high.
  • Water meter readings changing when not using water.
  • Sewer backup problems that become chronic.
  • Running toilets and dripping faucets.
  • Running water sounds when nothing is in use.
  • Spongy, soft, or discolored walls.
  • Musty odors from floors, walls near drains, or sewers.
  • Cracked, or unusually damp foundation or slab.
  • Warm areas on concrete floors, mildew, or excessive moisture under carpets.
  • In the yard, particularly areas that are unusually wet or moist, often with very healthy (or unusual) plant or grass growth.

Natural Gas Appliance & Heating Safety

  • You should always set your gas water heater to the manufacturer's specifications (normally from 110 to 120 degrees) to help prevent burns.
  • When using gas logs, always keep your chimney damper open and make sure your chimney is drafting properly.
  • If you have natural gas fireplace logs with a key-operated gas valve, remove the key from the valve when not in use. The valve key can be accidentally turned on or your children could switch it on (not knowing they are playing with something dangerous).
  • Check gas dryer ducts and lint filters periodically and remove all lint or other obstructions.

Flexible Gas Connectors

When was the last time you thought about the connector that joins your natural gas appliance to the natural gas line? Updated flexible gas connectors are corrugated metal tubes used to attach gas appliances to the natural gas pipes in your home or building. Older, flexible connectors are made of uncoated brass that can weaken or crack over time. This could lead to a dangerous gas leak. Any uncoated brass gas appliance connector should be replaced immediately with a new stainless steel connector.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the older, flexible gas connectors have not been made for more than 25 years, but many are still in use in the older appliances.

Follow these guidelines to keep your family and home safe from a gas leak:

  • Avoid moving natural gas appliances - stressing connectors can cause them to fail or crack (causing a leak).
  • Do not move your natural gas appliances to check the connectors yourself; only a qualified professional plumber, HVAC technician or appliance repair contractor, should check your connector and replace it.

If you find a leak in your piping system, have it attended to right away before
the problem becomes more serious and more costly to fix!

D&B Plumbing, LLC
1201 D I Drive • Elkhart, IN 46514
ph: 574-259-1209574-259-1209 • fax: 574-259-1254