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Braided Metal Washing Machine Hoses Reduces Risk of Water Damage

water splashOne of the most common causes of significant water damage to homes is burst washing machine hoses. When washing machine hoses burst, they can cause significant water damage to your home.

What Leads to Burst Washing Machine Hoses?

Many washing machine hoses are made from rubber, which inevitably cracks over time, increasing the risk of the hose bursting. By using hoses that are covered with metal casings, you prevent the likelihood of weak spots developing in the hose and creating leaks. While washing machines come with warnings to turn the water off when the machine is not in use, many homeowners don’t heed these warnings, putting their home at risk for serious damage.

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Unclog Your Drain With Baking Soda & Vinegar

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Baking soda and vinegar are one of the most underrated power couples. The two of them combined are unstoppable and provide a wide range of uses for all around the house (besides fun science experiments!). One of the more useful duties these common household products are capable of performing is cleaning drains.

If you’ve read our previous posts, you’ve probably noticed that we are a big fan of the Bio Clean – a natural enzyme that breaks down organic materials to allow water to flow freely. While we stand by this, we’ve also found that in a pinch, baking soda and vinegar will clear some of the less-stubborn drain clogs.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Garburators and Garbage Disposals

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Do you know how to properly maintain your garburator?

Having a garburator or garbage disposal in your kitchen is a great way to make clean up faster and easier. However, proper use of these appliances is necessary to prevent them from becoming blocked or breaking down. To prevent the inconvenience of clogged drains or expensive garbage disposal repair, follow these tips on the correct way to use and maintain your garburator or garbage disposal.

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Humidifier Valve Leaks May Lead to Furnace Failure

water dropletsDid you know that the humidifier valve is the place on your furnace where many contractors use the cheapest part? 

A leak caused by a faulty humidifier valve can cause furnace failure.

Furnace humidifiers add water vapour to the heated air that is distributed throughout your home. The humidifier valve is what allows the water to enter the humidifier. If debris builds up between the valve’s plunger and the solenoid, the valve may become propped open and allow water to leak through. Debris buildup becomes more likely if a contractor has installed a cheap valve.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters

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Thinking about getting a tankless water heater? 

 

Tankless water heaters, or on demand water heaters, operate differently than traditional water heaters because they only heat water when the faucets are turned on. This means that water is only heated when it’s needed, and a tank is not necessary to hold heated water. Tankless water heaters come in small sizes that require the unit to be installed near the point of use, or larger sizes that are able to provide water to an entire house. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a tankless water heater instead of a hot water tank? 

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What to do After a Flood: The First 24 Hours

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What To Do After A Flood: The First 24 Hours

Flooding is many homeowners’ worst nightmare. Large amounts of water are difficult and sometimes dangerous to remove from your home, and have the potential to destroy everything they come in contact with. A flood may even force you to evacuate your home, without any way of telling how much damage will await you when you return.

Since a serious flood can cause damage to your home and pose risks to the safety of yourself and family, it is important to know what to do afterwards, and the first 24 hours are crucial. The following steps will make sure that in the event of flooding, you are more prepared to safely handle the aftermath.

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What on Earth is a Sacrificial Anode & Why Should Every Homeowner Have One

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Sacrificial anodes have been used to protect hot water tanks and increase their lifespans for decades, but most people have no idea what they are.

This post will explain what sacrificial anodes do, and their function in making your hot water tank last longer.

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Locating The Shutoff Valve

gate valve1Do You Know Where Your Main Shutoff Valve Is? And More Importantly, Do You Know How To Use It?

If you answered no to either of the questions above, you need to read this post!

Dont wait until an emergency to find your shutoff valve! Regardless of how new your home is, its always smart to be prepared for worst case scenarios. And one of the worst-case scenarios any homeowner deals with is a busted pipe.

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Extend The Life of Your Water Heater

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How often do you think about your water heater, other than when you’ve run out of that precious supply?

If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is likely not at all. As long as you have hot water to shower or bathe, you probably don’t ever consider what that vital component is doing. It can be easy to neglect the mechanical areas of our homes, especially if mechanics isn’t your area of expertise.

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Preventing Water Damage In Your Home

Save Thousands Of Dollars From Water Damage Caused By Unexpected Leaks

Nobody ever expects their home to fall victim to the devastating experience of water damage. Whether it’s because we like to think that our homes are a safe-zone, or because we believe that our homes are well-built, it always comes a surprise when homeowners walk in to a small lake in their home. This unwelcoming site is made even worse if we come home from a vacation or a work trip to find that water has made its way throughout your home, permanently damaging the walls, ceilings, floors, electrical fixtures and numerous other areas of the home.

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66% Of Home Insurance Claims Are Due To Flooding!

It may seem like a high number, but it’s true. Two thirds of all home insurance claims are a direct result of water in the home. That’s more than theft, fire and all other claims combined!

90% Of Water Damage Insurance Claims Are Preventable

That’s right, only 10% of water damage claims are caused by factors out of our control, namely the weather. Faulty plumbing and appliance failure are the most common causes of water leaks, and they can be completely avoidable.

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