There's no denying: it is getting cold outside. With snow on Bogus and in town temperatures dropping, you may be thinking about prepping for winter. Part of getting your property ready for the winter months is readying your plumbing for the cold. We would like to help you be prepared and well set for the cold with these simple how-to instructions.
So you are a homeowner. That comes with all kinds of benefits! The big yard, the option to paint whatever you want, no worries about losing your deposit for putting too many holes in the wall. But while you are enjoying your home, you will also want to be maintaining it to avoid disaster. There are quite a few things that you may not have thought of just yet, so we will start with one that you can control to hopefully prevent damage to your home.
Here at Plumbing Solutions of Idaho, we consistently hear a few plumbing myths that just won't die. These myths may seem harmless on the surface, but frankly, they could be costing homeowners money—and we're not happy with that. If you want to learn more about maintaining your system, read the truth about these five home plumbing myths.
If there's one phrase that tends to strike fear into a home owner's heart, it's "flooded basement." A flooded basement always seems to happen at the least convenient time—maybe when you're away on a vacation or while you have house guests. Whatever the case, you need to take action immediately but safely. Here's how to handle the dreaded flooded basement scenario.
Handling a Flooded Basement
This checklist will get you started on exactly what you should do when you find that your basement has begun to flood.
We here at Plumbing Solutions love hearing from you—we love our customers and are happy to swing by your house and tend to all your plumbing needs. But we'd also like to help you prevent those panicked phone calls to us. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure—or so they say—so here are a few ways you can avoid calling us in a tizzy.
4 DIY Plumbing Mistakes to AvoidTo save a little money—and your sanity—avoid these errors.
It's a word we all know, an infamous term, a dangerously addictive habit that somehow feels both satisfying and frustrating: procrastination. No matter how much we like to deny it, everyone of us has procrastinated at one time or another. However, some procrastination is relatively harmless, while other procrastination can actually be dangerous. Take, for example, a student putting off studying for a moderately important test. It's not a good habit to get into, but the student will probably scrape by--even if he or she has to spend a night or two cramming!
In many cases, the three most dangerous words in the English language are "do it yourself." While we might feel that we're experts after a YouTube video and a few online articles, the truth is that there are still a lot of things we just shouldn't do by ourselves. Take, for example, surgery. What would you think if you found out that your surgeon was just an average individual, with no medical training whatsoever, who was embracing that "do it yourself" attitude?
Our society has a unique structure in that everything we do, every object we use, every need we have can be done, helped, fixed, or explained by a professional. We have experts in just about every field--and that's a good thing because one person can't be five-star-chef, novelist, architect, pharmacist, and plumber all at once. We rely on each other for things big and small. Take, for example, the care and maintenance of your home.
There are a lot of things in life that we just have to leave to the professionals. For example, most of us prefer to leave surgery to the experts--and even if you happen to be a doctor, performing surgery on yourself probably isn't exactly on the bucket list.
What is the most valuable part of your home? There are a lot of ways to answer this question. For some, value might come from sell price; the worth of the home is determined on an appraiser's clipboard and takes into account nothing but rooms, square footage, and acreage. For others, value might come from a home's location. A farmer probably wouldn't want to live in a tiny condo in the middle of a giant city, and, likewise, a city person probably wouldn't have much interest in a farmhouse in the country.