Getting to Know Your Water Heater

Every home owner should have a monthly home maintenance schedule to help keep your home in great shape and your appliances working at their best for as long as possible. Your water heater should be part of that schedule.

Hot water is one of life’s luxuries that we all take for granted until it is not there. Knowing a little about your water heater can save you a lot down the road.

Water heaters can be in your garage, basement or a closet, once you locate it, it is a good idea to add it to your monthly maintenance plan. Maintaining your water heater only takes a short amount of time. You can extend the life of the water heater and prevent a disaster from happening.

There are basically two types of water heaters. The most common type has a storage tank and the other is tankless, which is also known as an “on-demand” hot water system. Both types of heaters have models that will operate using gas and models that use electricity.

All types of water heaters should receive regular maintenance which will include:

  • Checking for water seepage around the unit and piping.
  • Checking and testing the pressure relief valve.
  • Flushing the heater.

There are other maintenance items to be done depending on if you have a Gas Water Heater Click Here! or you have an Electric Water Heater Click Here!

 

 

Maintaining Your Electric Water Heater

Maintaining your electric water heater is a simple process that can prevent a disaster from occurring. Whether your model has a tank or is tankless, here are some things you need to do on a regular basis.

  • Check the unit for any water seepage around the tank and piping.
  • Operate the pressure relief valve to check that it is working properly.
  • Flush the unit to remove any sediment that may have accumulated.
  • Check the Anode Rod for corrosion and cracks.
  • Check wiring for any signs of corrosion or breaks in the casing.

In the video below, you will find some guidance to keep things working well.

Maintaining Your Gas Water Heater.

 

Maintaining your gas water heater is a simple process that can prevent a disaster from occurring. Whether you have a tank or tankless model here are some things you need to do on a regular basis.

  • Check the unit for any water seepage around the tank and piping.
  • Operate the pressure relief valve to check that it is working properly.
  • Flush the unit to remove any sediment that may have accumulated.
  • Check the flame on the burn to see if it is burning properly. You should see a blue flame, if the flame is orange it is not burning properly and needs attention.
  • Check that the vent piping is properly attached so the fumes exit the building.

In the video below, you will find some guidance to keep things working well.

 

Locating the Gas Shut off Valve in a Home

Gas Meter

Whether you just purchased your home or have been there for years, knowing where your gas shut off valve is an important thing.

If you smell gas, don’t touch anything and you and everyone leave the house immediately. Do not turn anything on or off including a phone. The slightest spark can set off the gas causing sever injury or death.

Knowing where you gas shut off is before an emergency happens, or you are having an appliance replaced, will make everyone life a little easier.

An important note to remember is that when the gas is turned off, all appliances in the house will go out. Therefore you will need to relight them once the gas is turned back on. Make sure you get them all. Stove, oven, water heater, heating system and gas fire places can all have pilots that need to be lit. If you are unsure of how to accomplish this, please call a professional.

There are two types of gas you can have in your home – Liquid Propane and Natural Gas.

One the Next Page we will show you how to find and turn off your gas shut off valve before you need it.

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You Really Need a Fire Extinguisher!

Fire Extinguisher

No home should be without at least one fire extinguisher, for a larger home multiple extinguishers is the best plan.

Fire Extinguisher

Installing one in the Kitchen, Garage, Laundry Room and Work Shop should be a priority, but having one in your bedroom is also a good idea in case a fire breaks out in the middle of the night.

Educating yourself and your family on where the fire extinguishers are and how to properly handle them before a fire starts could keep a small fire from becoming a full house fire.

Fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use, but not without first thinking of your safety first.

 

Have a plan so if a fire breaks out, so you know what to do.

  • Alert everyone in the house and get outside.
  • Call emergency services.
  • Then if the fire has not gotten too big, use the extinguisher, keeping yourself between the fire and an exit so you can get out if things get worse.

 

 

Here is a great video on using your fire extinguisher!

Where is My Sink Leak Coming From?

So you found a puddle of water under your sink and you cannot figure out where your the water is coming from.

The first thing to do is to clear out the cabinet under the sink. Clean up any water. Then let the cabinet dry out.

Now to figure out where that water is actually coming from.

Once the cabinet is dry, place some paper towels or a dry rag down on the bottom of the cabinet. Then without running the water. Wait 10 minutes or so and see if the towels get wet. A wet towel means more than likely the leak is on the water supply side of the faucet and not in the drain system.

The towels remain dry after a period of time, put a stopper in the sink drain and run some water in the sink. You notice the towels get wet doing this, chances are the leak is either in the faucet or around the drain basket and not in the drain piping, unless your stopper is not holding the water back. Likely, if the towels are wet towards the back of the cabinet it is probably the faucet leaking. If they are wet in the center, run your hand or a rag along the drain piping and check for water.

After doing all of this, the towels still remain dry, pull out the stopper and let the water drain out. If the towels get wet now, you most likely have a leak in your drain piping.

Head over to the Next Page to see how to repair these issues.

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How to Replace Your Bathroom Faucet

How to replace your bathroom faucet

If you decide to tackle changing your bathroom faucet yourself, here are a few tips to make things a little easier.

One of the toughest issues with changing a bathroom faucet, is trying to work in such a confined space. I always find some big old towels to help cushion my back when I am under the sink.

A few special tools are usually need to remove the old faucet, while most new faucets come with tools designed for that specific faucet.

  • A pair of water pump pliers (channel locks)
  • A basin wrench
  • set of deep sockets

This video will give you some great tips on how to replace your bathroom faucet.

How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet

How to Replace Your Kitchen Faucet

In this article we will learn how to replace your kitchen faucet.

There are a few tools you will need to get this project accomplished.

  • An adjustable wrench or a set of open end wrenches.
  • Water pump pliers.
  • Set of deep socket wrenches.
  • A basin wrench may also be necessary to remove the old water lines depending on the faucet.

Many times the bolts holding the faucet in place will corrode and not want to come off, so spraying them with a penetrating oil beforehand will help, sometimes they will need to be busted off.

Here is a great video to help guide you through replacing your faucet.

 

50 Home Fixes that Won’t Break the Bank.

Home Fixes

There are always little things that need to be fixed around your home, the good news is that many of them can be done for less money than a cup of coffee.

Improving your home and your life is easy with these 50 home fixes you will find below, and they cost less than $2!

The wonderful people over at Vibrant Doors, after scouring thru the dollar stores, put together this great list of things you can do around your home.

Just a few dollars and you are well on your way to making those little things around your home better.

 

50 Home Fixes
50 Home Fixes that will make your life better!

Making Your Home Safer with a GFCI Outlet.

Installing GFCI outlets in your home anywhere water and electric could meet, will help keep you and your family safer.

A GFCI Outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a device that detects when small amounts of electrical power is misdirected to ground. Water is an excellent electrical conductor to ground and if you are in between the power source and the ground you become part of the circuit, causing injury or possible death.

The GFCI Outlet will sense when this is the case and trip (turn off) the device, stopping power from traveling through it.

Building codes now require the installation of these devices in all new homes and renovation projects, but a lot of older home do not have them.

If you have an older home you can protect your family by installing GFCI outlets in any location where there is an electrical outlet and water or high moisture levels, such as Kitchen sink area, bathrooms, Garages and outdoor outlets.

 

Go to the Next Page for instructions on replace your current outlets with GFCI outlets.

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