Your hot water heater is probably not an appliance you think of often. In fact, many homeowners don't pay any attention to their hot water heaters until they break, leaving them without hot water. However, if you spend a little time thinking of this appliance when it's in good shape, then you'll spend a lot less time repairing it and dealing with a lack of hot water later on. Once a year, spend a few hours completing these tasks to check up on and maintain your water heater.
If you're going to have visiting family members in your home this year, you need to make sure that your septic system is up to the challenge. You see, septic tanks are designed to withstand the daily waste produced by the average family. Having guests in your home for extended periods of time can tax your system and lead to costly – and messy – septic malfunctions. Here are four steps you should take to prevent problems with your septic system while your guests are visiting.
When you think of plumbing, the last thing you could think would go wrong is your water fixtures causing a fire. After all, you depend upon water to help put out dangerous flames. Unfortunately, plumbing issues can rapidly turn into a fire hazard that places your home and safety at risk. As you get familiar with your new home, keep these common dangers in mind so that you can avoid a double catastrophe.
Your plumbing pipes can make various noises when the water is on or off, and sometimes it's just a random quirk, like noise from the house settling. However, it is possible for those sounds to indicate something is wrong. Three causes are behind a lot of those noises you might hear. So, if your plumbing starts to make strange noises, start looking for one of these three issues to see if you can stop the noise quickly.
If you have hard well water, you may have noticed mineral deposits in your plumbing fixtures and appliances that use water, such as your coffee maker and the water dispenser of your refrigerator. Hard well water can taste bad and can also indirectly affect your skin, especially if the pH of the water is higher than it should be. Fortunately, a whole house water filtration system with a water softener can help.