Make sure that all sink drains have strainers to prevent hair and debris from clogging drain lines
Pour a bucket of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill traps and prevent odors. Slow floor drains should be professionally cleaned to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
Test your sump pump for proper operation. Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out the water. Do not pour in more water than the basin will hold. Expect the sump pump to begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor.
Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
If you have a tank water heater, drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out sediment that can cause corrosion and reduce heating efficiency.
If you have drips coming from your faucets, shower, bathtub and other sources, they could be adding up to hundreds of gallons of wasted water every year. Leaks are most commonly found with faucets and shower heads that have worn washers and seals. Having those drips repaired is relatively inexpensive and will add up to savings on your water bill over time.
Here are some facts about how much water leaks are wasting in the U.S. every year:
How much water are those drip around your home potentially wasting? Find out by using our water drip calculator.
Typical incandescent bulbs are rated to last between 1,000 to 2,000 hours. Many LED bulbs are designed to last between 25,000 to 50,000 hours. This long life can be a real advantage if your kitchen has high ceilings, making the replacement of light bulbs a hassle.
LED bulbs use much less electricity than other bulbs and produce very little heat. They are also resistant to shock and vibration. So while the price of LEDs is considerably more than standard incandescent or CFL bulbs, in the long run the advantages may be worth the expense.
Touchless faucets work by sensing movement under the faucet and starting and stopping the flow of water without using knobs or handles. This not only frees your hands so you can cook and cleanup faster, it means there's less chance of spreading germs throughout the kitchen.For all your kitchen remodeling plumbing and electrical needs, call Maitz Home Services. We're here to help.