One of the best ways to ring in the New Year? Having a few New Year’s resolutions in mind! As full-time local plumbers and heating and cooling service technicians, we’re here to offer some resolutions as a public service. Therefore, if you’re still searching for the perfect 2019 goals, use these common sense "Wright" tips to help prevent many home plumbing and HVAC system problems:
Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal
This new year, vow to never empty cooking fats, grease, oils or butter into the garbage disposal. These clumping solutions often adhere to surfaces like glue. They eventually contribute to clogged drains and gummed up garbage disposal mechanisms. The best solution? Dispose of these items in a separate trash container, instead.
Cover Outdoor Plumbing Taps
One of the most important home maintenance tips? Protect exposed outdoor plumbing taps during freezing weather. If you anticipate the arrival of freezing temperatures, consider wrapping outdoor faucets and taps in a protective layer of cloth or plastic secured with masking tape. This will help safeguard the faucet against freezing.
Change HVAC Filters
No matter what time of the year it is, it’s always essential to change your HVAC filters. Not only will replacing a filter make your unit work much more efficiently, but it will also save you money in the process. Typically, an HVAC filter lifespan shouldn’t surpass approximately three months. If you can’t recall the last time you replaced the filter, then it’s time to do the task at hand!
Keep the Toilet Clog-free
No matter what, don't allow young children to treat toilets like trash cans. Explain to them they cannot flush anything except waste and toilet paper. Flushing newspaper, cardboard, plastic wrapping, or toys will create clogs.
Clean HVAC Vents
When looking at the vents throughout your home, did you notice an excessive amount of dust and debris? If so, then it's important to clean those right way with a microfiber cloth. This will not only help keep your units functioning properly, but will also help maintain positive indoor air quality.
Schedule Regular Plumbing Maintenance
As a homeowner, it's important to consider requesting periodic rooter services. By keeping drains and plumbing pipes clean, homeowners potentially help avoid a multitude of plumbing problems during the course of the year.
Have Leaks Repaired Immediately
Request assistance fixing any suspected leaks promptly. Over time, small cracks and pinpoint holes in aging plumbing pipes tend to expand in scope. By calling a licensed plumber when you first suspect a leak, you'll save money in the long run.
At Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air, we are here for all of your plumbing and heating/cooling needs, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency service. For more information on the services we provide, visit us on the web or give us a call at (662) 269-0851.