When frozen, water expands—and that’s a dangerous situation for your pipes and, by extension, your home. As temperatures drop below freezing your home’s pipes are at risk for bursting, especially if you don’t take any preventative action. Pipes that are at high risk for freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold temperatures: outdoor hoses, sprinkler lines, swimming pool supply lines and water pipes in interior areas that are unheated like basements, attics, garages, crawl spaces and kitchen cabinets.
As with any appliance in your home, your water heater needs regular maintenance to ensure it keeps working properly. Regular maintenance by a professional, like us at A-1 Better Handyman, can also help to catch issues before they become severe.
Before winter comes blowing in, it is essential to make sure your furnace is in good working condition. This means in the fall, you should have routine service done on it to check all the essential parts and get it ready to work hard over the long winter months.
There are some plumbing issues that homeowners can tackle on their own, but then there are others that should only be left up to the professionals. Trying to handle difficult problems on your own could lead to even bigger issues that will end up costing you more in the end. So, if you suspect something is wrong and it is more serious than a simple clog, it is time to call in a plumber, who can make sure everything is fixed properly.
The heart of your home’s “operating system” is its electrical network. Just think of all the components in a home that require wiring: lighting, HVAC, security and entertainment systems and those energy-efficient appliances in your kitchen. Most home electrical wiring problems are the result of mistakes in installation or connection including inferior connections or inferior materials. Wiring doesn’t “go bad” in the walls, though adverse conditions like flooding can affect it. These are among the most common problems that homeowners are likely to face at some point:
As summer kicks off and temperatures begin to rise, window AC units start popping up and so do energy bills. For those who have relied on fans and window air conditioners it’s high time you considered the benefits of a central air system. While costly upfront, the long term payoff may well be worth it for you and your family.