Tuesday, December 27, 2016 / by Olivia Martin
Avoid pouring your cooking grease down the drain as it is the common culprit for clogs. If you do accidentally spill grease or oil down the drain, immediately run hot water with some dish soup to break up the grease and move it through the pipes to prevent any build up and potential clogs.
Place a hair strainer over the shower and bathtub drain. Hair accumulates in the drain and will eventually build up to the point of clogging. It is certainly a dirty job to remove hair buildup from drains, so using a hair strainer will save you from this dirty chore down the road.
First, turn off the water supply and power to the water heater. If you have an electric water heater, simply flip the circuit break to the “off” position. If you have a gas water heater, turn the thermostat to the “pilot” position.
After the water and power is turned off, connect a water hose to the bottom of the tank (typical garden hoses are a direct fit to the water heater drain), and run the hose either out of the house or somewhere or dump the water. Then, go around the house and turn on all the faucets and open the water heater’s drain valve.
Once the water heater is empty, turn the water supply back on with the drain still open to remove any residual sediment. Finally, close the water heater drain valve and all the faucets, then let the tank refill before turning the power
Inspect the condensation hose on a regular basis to check if water is able to flow through the line.
If there is standing water under the air conditioner, mold and algae can grow and cause spores to be blown into the home and cause some serious health hazards. To prevent this, make sure to create a drainage path for the water to flow away from the air conditioner.
Next, check for and remove debris from the air conditioner screen. Build up of debris will prevent air from flowing freely and draw more energy than necessary, as well as wear down internal parts.
Contrary to what you might believe, cheap fiberglass air filters are actually better to use than the more expensive HEPA filters. Other than being cheaper, fiberglass filters allow more airflow, which lowers energy costs.
The first thing that you want to check is the door seals, which is a relatively easy fix if it’s worn. Simply pull on the refrigerator door and see how easily it opens. If it takes a good tug to open it, the seals are fine. If it opens without resistance, it’s time to replace it. You can find new refrigerator seals at any nearby home repair store.
Next, if your refrigerator has coils on the back, regularly vacuum the coils to keep it clean and free of dust particles. Cleaner coils are more energy efficient, while dirty coils may cause your refrigerator to stop working altogether.