After stepping out of bed into water drenched carpet I realized I couldn't blame the dog and had to blame myself. This was preventable by simply opening the....
INSPECT/DRAIN YOUR HOT WATER HEATER
hot water heater closet at least once a year to check inside. I would have noticed my drip pan was full and there was moisture in the closet. Yep that's right my Hot Water heater had leaked from the garage, to the closet, to the bathroom, to the bedroom.
PREVENTION: Ask yourself when was the last time you INSPECTED your water heater. 🤔 hmmmm yeah me either. That's not a closet I frequent. We usually don't inspect till there's a problem. Inspect the drip pan to see if it's full of minerals and murky water.
FLUSH THE WATER HEATER
This yearly procedure clears out sediment and minerals like calcium and lime that could prevent proper performance. Having a Pro do it could cost about $80-$100
PENNY'S PERSONAL TIP Strongly consider placing your water heater in the garage (if building or remodeling a house) and adding a discharge pipe so that if it does happen to overflow, the water will be directed outside rather than through your walls.
CLEAN & CLEAR THE DEBRIS FILTER ON YOUR WASHING MACHINE
Afyer a cycle was supposed to be complete I opened the washer to soaking wet clothes. I cursed and then fixed it.
Unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet.
Place a towel down under the machine as much as you can and place a large bowl on the towel.
Open the square box and unscrew the emergency drain. Get ready for the water to flow out so hold the cap and pull it off slowly.
Unscrew the debris filter and wash and clear any dirt you find.
Look inside where the filter was to make sure there is no more debris in there.
REOLACE ALL PARTS AND THANK ME FOR SAVING YOU MONEY 😁
CLEAN THE AC CONDENSATION DRAIN LINE
I'd rather come home to cold wine than a hot house so let's prevent that months in advance. Mold and mildew can build up inside the condensation drain line and form a clog. This clog can cause water to back up and overflow inside the AC Unit.
Pour a cup of distilled vinegar in the access opening in the drain line by the AC unit to kill any mold or mildew that has formed.
Yoy should be able to see the liquid and all that it pushed out of the drain on the outside of your AC unit.
PENNY'S PERSONAL TIP
Some people reccomend using bleach but since our pets hang out in the most odd places in the yard let's kee the bleach away from there outside dwellings.
CHECK PIPE AREAS UNDER SINKS
Expired items and mold could be lurking under your cabinets where water pipes are.
Check under sinks! Leaks, broken caulking, or bubbling surfaces are signs of water damage and the longer they go unnoticed the more damage they can cause.
PENNY'S PERSONAL TOUCH TIP
Whike checking under the sink take a bag with you to remove expired items.
CLEAN/CLEAR OUT THE DRYER AIR VENT DUCT OUTSIDE
We usually think that cleaning out the filter trap is enough but it's not. The dryer has air vent duct that leads from the dryer, to the wall and outside. Sometimes animals can build nests in there as well as our own build up from the dryer. Clogged Dryer Vents have been known to cause house fires so check it yearly.
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