Your home is a wonderful place to be, but it requires regular maintenance and occasional repairs to keep it running smoothly. Also, you hate seeing your money go down the drain when problems, such as plumbing issues, need to be addressed. However, you can prevent or minimize plumbing issues while saving money by applying the following handy tips yourself:
- In hot water: You can save money and prevent scalding burns at the tap by turning down the temperature of your water heater to 120 F.
- Low-pressure showers: If the pressure in your shower is making you unhappy, you may have mineral buildup in your showerhead. Clean the outlet holes and scrub it well before replacing.
- Mildew: You don’t want to be breathing in mold spores and mildew; therefore you want to prevent too much moisture from staying in your home. Keep your basement well aired, use dehumidifiers, and don’t hang clothes in small, enclosed spaces.
- Moisture issues: Your kitchen and bathroom – two places where moisture is plentiful. To avoid potential issues, install exhaust fans in each of these rooms and turn them on when the room is being used.
- Root of the problem: When tree roots grow into the joints of your pipes, they can reduce water pressure and block the flow. By adding some “root-x” down your drain, you can kill roots before they grow into larger problems.
- Warm those pipes: Before winter next sets in, you want to insulate exposed pipes so that they don’t freeze – which can happen even with a small flow of water. Also note that even when pipes are insulated, a lack of sufficient water flow can still cause pipes to freeze.
If you need advice about home maintenance and repair, please contact the experts at Joe Behr Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Established in 1965, our professional, knowledgeable employees can answer any questions you have and recommend optimal solutions to ensure that your Mid-Ohio home remains comfortable and energy efficient.
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