How do we avoid your plumber during the holiday? Most of us have heard the saying, “If something can go wrong, it usually does.” That was Murphy, and he wasn’t negative, he was a realist. Let’s face it. If we own a car, home, boat or any other expensive possession, we will have things go wrong with them especially if we don’t care for them. If you never change the oil or tune-up your car, chances are it will reduce the average engine life. The same holds true for our home, especially our plumbing system.
Regular Maintenance Should Be As Common As Changing Our Oil
Here’s another saying. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to our plumbing systems and fixtures. Replacing, upgrading or providing regular maintenance to our appliances can keep the plumber away during the holidays and beyond. Regular maintenance of your water heater should be as common as changing the oil in our vehicle. Draining the water in the tank annually and removing the sediment brought on by hard water can have your water heater performing better as well as extending its life.
Replace Old Appliances And Fixtures
Removing old fixtures like your toilet and replacing them with water-saving dual flush toilets can pay for themselves in less than two years. They can add a little extra style to our bathrooms for the holidays. Even toilets that are 1.6-gallon flush toilets can see significant water savings when replaced with the 1.1 and 1.28-gallon flush toilets.
Does Your Garbage Disposal Need Replacing?
Another appliance you may want to replace for the holidays is your garbage disposal. No one should ever replace an appliance for the sake of replacing it. If your garbage disposal is more than ten years old and is showing signs of age then it’s time to replace it. Another thing to keep in mind is that your garbage disposal is a more affordable appliance when compared to a water heater. Some of the incinerators are not only amazing disposals complete with new technologies, but they are also impressive to look at.
Monitor Your Plumbing System From Your Smartphone
The holidays are quickly approaching and with a minor investment, you can make a significant difference. For example, did you know that you can monitor leaks in your home from your smartphone? There are now several products out on the market that can monitor for plumbing leaks.
- Flo Price: $499 Plumber required? Yes
- Guardian by Elexa Price: $399 Plumber required? No
- Price: $850 Plumber required? Yes
- Streamlabs Smart Home Water Monitor Price: $199 Plumber required? No
- WallyHome Prevention Bundle Price: $325 to $575 Plumber required? Yes
Each brand has its own bells and whistles. They all come with flood and leak detectors as well as shut off valves in the event of a flood. Additionally, each product can be monitored from your smartphone app, and alerts are sent directly to your home.
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