The new year has already begun but it’s never too late to start a resolution. While most people decide to work out more often or maybe pick up a new hobby, there is another resolution that should be popular among homeowners.
As the owner of a home, it can be easy to become complacent with your home maintenance. You’ve got a roof, nice and comfortable furniture, and the WiFi still works, so what else is there to do? Well over time, every home is going to have it’s problems, and your plumbing system is no exception.
The best way to keep yourself and your pipes in the clear, is to treat it as an opportunity to only add value to your home and be rest assured it’s in good condition.
A great first step is to have your plumbing system inspected. Schedule an appointment with your local plumber to have them evaluate your sewer line, faucets and drains, and plenty more. It will take them little time to make sure everything looks okay and they’ll leave you with an Eco-friendly drain maintenance product that helps prevent drain clogs.
For homeowners who want to take the extra step in preventing emergency plumbing problems, here are some New Year resolution tips that are inexpensive, quick and great for your home.
Start Treating the Garbage Disposal Carefully
There are certain things that can cause havoc to your garbage disposal and your pipes.
- Coffee grounds – everyone should be able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning. However, the grounds can cause damage to the blades in your disposal and wear it down over a period of time.
- Starch and Fibrous Foods – starch has a tendency to create clogs in pipes, especially pasta, and fibrous foods can get tangled and jammed in your garbage disposal. Avoid trying to drain these foods down your garbage disposal.
- Grease and Oils – Pouring grease down the drain may seem harmless but it can create build ups over time. Instead, simply use a jar to pour your grease into and then throw it in the trash after it’s filled.
Use Less Water
An easy way to start saving money is by using less water throughout your home. There are options like buying a new low-flow toilet or shower head that uses less water, or you can start a daily habit, such as turning off the water while you brush your teeth. The amount of water you save will add up at the end of the year and you’ll see a difference on your next water bill.
Provide Maintenance to Your Water Heater
A plumber will tell you that a water heater usually only lasts 8-12 years. But water heaters can have problems at any time and that’s why it’s important to have it evaluated by a professional. Give your plumber a call so they can come ensure that your water heater is running correctly.
Your Toilet is Not A Trash Can
Every bathroom should have a trashcan and there’s a good reason for it. Many bathroom supplies like wet wipes, cotton Q-tip’s and even hair don’t belong in the toilet. All of these can build up and clog pipes. Make sure you and/or any children know what should make its way into a toilet.
Upgrade An Appliance
Just like a water heater, appliances have an expiration time as well. Even if your appliance is working fine, there are more efficient and Eco-friendly options than ever before. One upgrade can put you on the right path to start saving more money, energy, and water!
All of these tips should help your home be ready for the new year. With a little insight you can create new habits and new opportunities to save time and money. Call a professional plumber to have your home inspected and check that first resolution off the list!