4 Things To Do Now to Protect Your Basement from Spring Flooding
Did you know that the average household's leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year? That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry! What a waste of resources!
Frozen pipes can lead to serious problems in your home. Not only is replacing the damaged plumbing expensive, but if the event is particularly catastrophic, you can also incur restoration expenses. Water freezes and expands when it’s left sitting in pipes below a frozen ground. It’s this expansion that can cause major damage. Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold, including swimming pool lines, water sprinkler lines, outdoor spigots and interior areas such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or even cabinets. Pipes along the exteriors of walls with no insulation are also very prone to freezing.
“Don’t flush that!” If you’ve ever been the parent of a toddler or young child, that phrase has surely been uttered (or yelled) in your household at some point. Even if you’ve don’t have kids, some people think of “the can” as a magical trash can that permanently eliminates any type of material.
Most homeowners rarely, if ever, think about their home’s indoor air quality. But it may be time to start. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air inside the average American household is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Pollutants commonly found in the home consist of bioaerosols and particles such as dust, pollen, viruses, bacteria and even potentially harmful chemicals or gases. These airborne particles can lead to an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms, sickness or unpleasant odors.
During the winter months, energy bills can be downright shocking for many homeowners. It’s an awful feeling to open a bill that turns out to be much higher than expected. It can be even worse when you think you’ve done all you can to cut down on your energy consumption and there are still several months of cold weather left to go.