Valentine’s Day Plumbing Tips: Shower Your Home with Some TLC
Love is in the air, Chicago! But amidst the romance and candlelit dinners, let’s not forget the unsung hero of our homes: our plumbing system. While roses and chocolates might melt your sweetheart’s heart, a leaky faucet or clogged drain can quickly dampen the mood.
So, this Valentine’s Day, show your home some love with these plumbing tips designed to keep the bubbles flowing and the sparks alive:
- Give Your Drains a Spa Day: Pamper your pipes with a gentle cleanse to prevent future blockages. Pour a half cup of baking soda followed by half a cup of vinegar down each drain, wait 15 minutes, then flush with hot water. This natural combo works wonders on grease, hair, and soap scum.
- Banish the Leaks: Leaks aren’t exactly love poems to your wallet. Check faucets, showerheads, and under sinks for drips or puddles. Tighten loose connections or replace worn washers. Pro tip: a drip every second wastes 26 gallons of water a year!
- Lighten the Load on Your Garbage Disposal: Don’t overstuff your garbage disposal like a too-tight sweater. Grind food scraps in small batches, avoid pouring grease down the drain, and run cold water while grinding to keep things flowing smoothly.
- Embrace the Power of Plunging: Clogged drains can be a real buzzkill. Before reaching for harsh chemicals, grab a trusty plunger and give it some rhythmic love. Hot water can also work wonders for minor clogs. Remember, prevention is key!
- Shower Your Water Heater with Attention: Like any good relationship, your water heater needs regular TLC. Flush the tank annually to remove sediment build-up, check the pressure relief valve, and schedule professional maintenance every 5-7 years.
Bonus Tip: Shower your Vanguard plumber with a call if you encounter any major plumbing issues! We’re always happy to help keep your love nest running smoothly.
From all of us at Vanguard, Happy Valentine’s Day to your home and the hearts that fill it!
P.S. Don’t forget to schedule your annual plumbing inspection with Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer for extra peace of mind and a happier, healthier home. Call us today!