Happy New Year, Chattanooga! Though it’s only been a few days, some of us have probably already fallen away from our well-intended resolutions. (But let’s be honest, it’s been too cold this week to start that morning jog!) Last week we focused on some practical HVAC resolutions for the New Year, many of which have a wide window to act upon. This week we have some more home service resolutions that our technicians believe will help keep your plumbing system healthy all year.
Fix Those Leaks – This is the year to fix all of those slow leaks around faucets and other water fixtures before they become serious repair issues. Some leaks are simple enough to fix on your own, requiring the replacement of a seat washer or the tightening of a screw. But if you aren’t confident in fixing the problem yourself, make sure that you schedule a repair with a professional plumber soon.
Throw Out the Toxic Drain Cleaners – Commercial drain cleaners are filled with toxic chemicals and are ultimately bad for your plumbing system. The most common brands contain caustic chemicals that can hurt metal plumbing – especially older pipes. Consider using green plumbing products that aren’t harmful to your sink and the environment. There are also several DIY recipes for green cleaners that you can make yourself.
Protect the Disposal – One of the recurring problems Metro gets from customers is a faulty disposal – or problems stemming from improper usage. Remember that the garbage disposal is not a garbage can. Never try to get rid of non-organic material, fibrous foods, oils, rice, potatoes and onion skin in the unit. You should also have the water running before you use the disposal – and for a few seconds after you’ve turned it off.
Plumbing System Maintenance – Scheduling annual plumbing maintenance isn’t something that most homeowners pursue. But having your plumbing system checked every few years is a good way to ensure small problem don’t turn into big repair issues down the road. Maintenance can also keep your system performing efficiently for years to come. This year, have your plumbing thoroughly assessed by a plumbing professional and keep repair and replacement issues to a minimum.
Water Conservation – This year, try saving both water and money by upgrading your water fixtures to modern, low-flow designs. Low-flow shower heads, faucets and toilets can greatly reduce water consumption. New technology also ensures that these fixtures work the same, or better, than their outdated counterparts. Tighter regulations mandated by the National Energy Policy Act in 2005 forced manufacturers to come up with more efficient designs. If you live in an older home and have never changed out the fixtures, simply buying new ones will ensure better efficiency.
Keeping New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be difficult, but Metro is here to help with all of your home service goals. Whether it’s a minor leak or complete plumbing system maintenance, our experts will be there for you throughout the year. Give us a call at 423-616-1025 or 706-516-1980 to schedule an appointment today!
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