Tips, advice, and recommendations to help you maintain your home.
Be sure and take just a few moments weekly to check under your vanities, commodes, and laundry water connections to ensure you do not have a leaking supply valve or hose line. Often these types of leaks go unnoticed due to the slow leak nature but cause significant damage until found. Just a quick look with a flashlight can give you peace of mind that all is secure.
When the temperatures dip below 32, flowery plants are susceptible to death. Bring in potted plants when possible. Placing blankets around plants that cannot be moved will keep plants safe from the cold air. You can also water your plants before it gets cold. The logic is water underground is warmer and so watering your plants can help keep the plant warm.
Make it a habit to look at the outdoor heat pump unit periodically during the winter months for signs of build-up on or around the heat pump unit. This includes the top, sides, and bottom. If the unit is covered by leaves, ice or snow then the debris must be removed for it to work properly. It is recommended to turn the HVAC off while removing the buildup. To melt the snow and ice, pour warm water or even cold hose water on top. Do not use any sharp objects to pick or knock the ice off the coils of the heat pump, as this could cause severe damage and/or personal injury. The outdoor unit should be elevated above ground level to keep coils clear and to allow for proper drainage.
If you have an older heating system that you feel may need repair, don't wait until it stops working. Contact a Professional HVAC company so that you do not get left out in the cold.
It is your right to have an Inspection of any real estate property prior to close. This Inspection gives you, the purchaser, peace of mind knowing a third party has reviewed your property and you will be providing a comprehensive report pertaining to the condition of the property so that you can make an informed buying decision. The Inspector is a partner with the Buyer to help take the unknowns out of the purchasing process. Inspectors also partner with Sellers to identify potential issues prior to sellers listing their property.
It turns out that sediment will collect at the bottom of the tank. This creates hot spots on gas-powered heaters that can damage the tank and cause premature failure. On an electric water heater, sediment buildup can cause the lower heating element to fail. So, occasionally draining a water heater will lower energy bills and extend its life. It is recommended to drain your water heaters at least once a year.