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6 Pre-Summer Chores Every Homeowner Has to Do
After what seemed like months of harsh winter weather, summer is finally here! While you may be tempted to kick your shoes off and relax by the lake, remember that there are a few things you should do around your newly opened house first. But trust us, getting these chores out of the way now will allow you to enjoy the summer months feeling stress-free.
1. Check for leaks.
The drip-drop of a small leak may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a costly effect on your water bill. Toilets, in particular, are the biggest culprits of leaks
One leaking toilet can waste an average of 10,000 gallons of water each year. The easiest way to find a leak is to place a few drops of food coloring in your tank and leave it to sit overnight. If you notice in the morning that the coloring has seeped into the bowl, you have a leak.
2. Clean your shower head (and the rest of your bathroom, while you’re at it).
Cleaning your shower head, faucet, and toilet won’t just make your bathroom look sparkling clean, it’ll also improve your water pressure and get rid of hard water stains.
3. Open your pool.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, your summer is going to be one to remember! But keep in mind, a pool isn’t always fun and games. When you open your pool, make sure to clean your pool cover and fill the water back to its ideal level. You should also turn your system back on and test your pool’s pH levels.
4. Drain your hot water heater.
Even on the nicest of summer days, everyone wants to start their day off with a warm shower. Make sure your water heater is ready to handle vacationing family members and surprise house guests by draining it at the start of summer.
5. Put the kibosh on low water pressure.
Nothing ruins your kid’s sprinkler time on the front lawn faster than a lack of water. From mineral deposits to pipe corrosion and leaks, many different things that can cause low water pressure.