Home Checkups for Daylight Savings

November 1, 2016

Follow these few suggestions and you can have less to worry about as we move into the holiday season

Did you know that in November when you set your clocks back and check the batteries in your smoke detectors, you should also:

1. Double check your weatherization, with unseasonably warm weather, it is more likely you used the hose again and forgot to disconnect it, or maybe you fired up the sprinklers again. Now is the time to make sure you are ready for winter!

2. Check that the area around your water heater is clean. Most water heaters now have some type of air filter on them and if the mechanical room is getting a bit dusty, it can clog the air filters and diminish the efficiency of your water heater or even put the pilot light out, leaving you with no hot water.

3. Flush your water heater. Hook up a hose to the bottom of your tank and run it to the floor drain. This will serve two purposes: releasing sediment from the tank and making sure the floor drain is free and clear.

4. Check your sump pump for proper operation and make sure the pit is free of debris. Now is the time before winter melt and spring storms! Simply dump a bucket or two of water directly into the pit, if the water covers the pump and it does not kick on, check the electrical connection and the breaker. This is also a good time to make sure your downspouts are clear and in good condition. Water flowing to the house foundation unnecessarily puts a lot of extra work on the sump pump. Pumps over 10 years old should be serviced or replaced. You might consider a battery back up system for your sump pump. If your home is prone to power outages, this will ensure the water keeps moving, even when the electricity is off. We can also install a water alarm that will alert you on your smartphone if something is wrong.

5. Ensure all toilets and faucets in the house are leak free. Slow leaks and drips can cost hundreds of dollars in water and sewer bills.

6. Check your washing machine hoses. Black rubber hoses should be replaced with flexible stainless steel.

7. Make sure you know what each valve is for. Do you know which valve to turn if there is an emergency? JTM Plumbing will identify your valves for free, just email a picture and we will instruct you on its purpose!

Follow these few suggestions and you can have less to worry about as we move into the holiday season, and be sure to call or email if you have any questions.

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