5 Tips to Winterize Your Plumbing
The last thing you need during the mad holiday rush is to have something go wrong with your plumbing, right? Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare your plumbing for the winter, you could end up paying a big price, and you don’t need any added expenses during a time that your budget is already stretched to the limit. There’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing emergency. Emergencies often occur when our minds are on something else, like preparing for out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving and Christmas. While you’re stocking the fridge for your annual holiday dinner or the linen closet with new sheets and towels for your in-laws, don’t forget that the colder weather means more than holiday travel, it means temperature shifts that can cause your plumbing to fail at the worst of times – when you have a house full of guests! Here are some of
Are Spots on Dishes Caused by an Old Dishwasher or Hard Water?
Are you noticing a white, unsightly film on your dishes after you run them through the dishwasher? Does it seem as if you just can’t get your dishes sparkling clean unless you wash them by hand? If so, the problem might not be your dishwasher, it could be a hard water problem. Hard water can leave soap deposits on the bathtub, it can lead to dull-looking laundry and it can leave annoying spots on your dishes. But, hard water does more than just have a cosmetic effect: scaly deposits can collect inside faucets, showerheads, and appliances, thereby restricting water flow. Hard water can also reduce the efficiency of heating elements and shorten their service lives. It May Be Time to Consider a Water Softener If the idea of dull laundry, spotty dishes, and restricted water flow bothers you, you may want to consider installing a water softener, otherwise known as a