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.
According to manufacturer’s suggested service life, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. Homeowners with water heaters 10 years old or older need to seriously consider replacing it now, before the regulations go into effect and costs go up.
Maitz Home Services will answer any questions you may have about the new regulations, evaluate your current water heater and provide you with options on the next steps. Then, if you decide you want to install before the new regulations take affect we’ll reserve your water heater from our inventory.
For more information, visit:
U.S. Department of Energy
American Water Heaters
State Water Heaters
Here are five hard water problems a water softener can prevent.1. Wasted soap and detergent.
Soap scum rings in the bathtub and stains on glass shower enclosures. That same hard water and soap curd that makes soap less effective also clings to surfaces and resisted rinsing away.
2. Streaks on glassware, silverware and dishes.
If you're seeing unsightly spots and ring when emptying the dishwasher, you have a hard water problem. Adding additional detergent and using an extra rinse cycle can help, but adds to the expense of cleaning dishes.
3. Skin and hair that is not clean and soft feeling.
During drier winter conditions hard water can aggravate dry, cracked skin and make hair dull and more prone to damage.
4. Hard water builds up scale deposits in all water-using appliances and clogs hot water pipes.
Finally, hard water can damage appliance like water heaters, humidifiers and coffee makers, to name just a few.
Have questions about hard water in your home? Call Maitz Home Services. We're here to help.