Spring is a good time to check outdoor plumbing and make repairs. Even if your winter weather is mild enough that you don't need to winterize there can be leaks after several months of not using fixtures and irrigation systems. It's always a good idea to go through a quick check of out outside plumbing so you can take care of any problems quickly and before the weather gets too hot.
What to check:
- Spigots - hose bibs, frost free faucets, and yard hydrants can all develop leaks, so turn them on and off and check them carefully.
- Sprinkler valves/heads - after de-winterizing your irrigation system check for leaks at the sprinkler valves and heads.
- Drip irrigation - the distribution tubing connections and the emitters can become separated, so check for spraying water the first time you turn on the drip system.
A reverse osmosis system, like any other under sink water filter, has its pros and cons. One of the drawbacks to an RO system is the water that is wasted during the purification process. If you've installed an RO system you know that the traditional system needs to be connected to the sink drain so that the waste water can be released into the drain.
One way to get around the wasted water problem is to opt for a zero waste reverse osmosis system. This type of RO feeds the concentrated water back into the water line to be used in the hot side of the home's water system instead of going down the drain.
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Part of dewinterizing involves the proper inspection and storage of winterizing items so they will be ready to use next year. Storage is usually pretty straightforward, but here is a quick rundown:
- Faucet covers - check fastening cord and foam edge if it has one then store out of direct sun.
- Heat tape - check that the entire length of the heat tape is in good condition then roll it up and use a zip tie to keep it from unrolling.
- Swamp cooler cover - dust it off, check for tears or damage, fold it (or roll it) making sure to keep all of the cords and ties together.
- Backflow valve cover - clean it off, check for damage and fold or roll it for storage.
To help make the task of winterizing a little easier next year store all of your winterizing items together in a plastic tub, that way you don't have to track down each separate item.
Are you tired of cleaning up puddles of water after each shower? Even a small amount of water splashing out of the shower can make a mess and it may end up causing water damage to walls and floor boards.
Shower curtains are just not efficient enough to keep all of the water inside the shower or tub.
If you aren't prepared to install shower doors to keep water from splashing out of your shower there is a super easy, quick, and cheap solution you could try. Shower splash guards stick to the bottom corner of the shower or tub to prevent water from splattering out.
Splash guard kits cost only a few dollars and they usually don't require any tools to install.
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