Plumbing Resolutions for 2019
- Categories: Back-up Sump Pumps, Fixtures, Flooding, Plumbing, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Sump Pumps
- Date: December 18, 2018
With 2019 fast approaching, no doubt you are beginning to think about your New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight. Saving money. Exercising more. What else?
Chances are, you don’t have any plumbing resolutions. Allow us, in the holiday spirit, to offer these 10 resolutions. First, a few “be nice” resolutions:
- Be nice to your garbage disposer. Here are a few things you shouldn’t put down the disposer:
a. Banana peels
b. Asparagus, corn husks and celery
c. Nut shells
And run cold water for a good minute after you put other food waste down the disposer.
- Be nice to your toilet. Only human waste and toilet paper go down the toilet. No Q-tips, cotton balls, paper towels, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, hair or plastic medication containers. Buy a trashcan for the bathroom for those items.
- Be nice to your pipes. They get cold in the winter, just like you. Insulate them to keep them from getting cold and, more importantly, to prevent the water from freezing, which can cause the pipes to burst. Also, if your pipes are near exposed walls near cabinets, open the cabinet doors so the pipes can benefit from the warm air in your home.
- Be nice to your water heater. Flush the system to get rid of any buildup or sediment once per year.
- Be nice to your drains. Do not attempt to clean them with harsh chemicals.
- Be nice to the environment (and your wallet). Look for Energy Star appliances when purchasing refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. They use less energy, which is good for the environment and your utility bills.
Now some more:
- Save water. There are all sorts of ways to do this. Here are just a few:
a. Purchase a low-flush toilet
b. Shower instead of bathe (and take shorter showers)
c. Switch to low-flow shower heads
d. Only run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine
- Get a home plumbing inspection. A professional plumber will make sure everything is running smoothly.
- Purchase a battery backup for your sump pump. If the power goes out and you do not have a backup, you run the risk of your home flooding. Also, sump pumps don’t last forever. A backup could prevent problems if your main pump stops working.
- Fix problems right away. Take care of that leaky toilet or dripping faucet sooner rather than later. Waiting will only cause further damage and make the problem more expensive to fix.
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