New Year’s resolutions are notoriously difficult to fulfill. Depending on how many you make, it can be almost a second full-time job just to go to the gym, balance your budget, write the next great American novel, or change the world, all within a few months.
But not every resolution is created equal. Some are easier to implement than others, and some can have real, tangible effects on your life. If you’re looking for a few sure-fire ways to change your home for the better, consider these goals as you move further into 2019.
1. Go Green
Viewed by some cynics as nothing more than a fad, “going green” is about more than simply trying to minimize your footprint on the environment (although that’s a major plus). Changing out your faucets with water-saving devices, installing low-flush toilets, and using energy-efficient appliances can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year on your water bill, and may even be able to net you a few tax deductions. It pays to go green!
2. Be Kind to Your Pipes
If you’re one of those people that throws everything down the garbage disposal (and I mean EVERYTHING), make it your goal this year to throw some of that in the trash can instead. Coffee grounds, chicken bones, and other solid waste will clog up your pipes, if not destroy them completely over time. The same goes for your toilet and shower drains. While you can’t eliminate all the hair that goes into your pipes, you can throw other debris in the trash, such as Q-tips, wipes, and the occasional diaper.
3. Schedule Maintenance
All of your devices in your home will work great…until they don’t. One of the best things you can do for your water heater, pipes, and your whole plumbing system is to have it inspected and some maintenance performed. You’ll be surprised at how much sediment can build up in your hot water heater over time, or you may even find a crack in one of your pipes that is just waiting to burst. Regardless of what it is, call our team to do a once-over on your system; it may end up saving you thousands in unexpected costs this year.
4. Insulate Your Pipes
Hopefully, before the winter months hit, you took advantage of the warm weather and wrapped some of your exposed pipes in insulation. If not, there’s no time like the present to get ready for next year. Take a few hours and wrap your pipes to keep them from cracking (and bursting) once they freeze and contract next year. It takes very little time, is relatively easy to do, and can save you a monster headache next winter.
5. Avoid Using Chemicals
There are so many “natural” ways to clean your pipes besides pumping chemicals down your drain, and many of them work just as good if not better than the ones commonly found at the big box stores. Resolve to try and use more natural means to clean clogs, such as drain snakes and natural cleaners, since harsh chemicals can erode and destroy your pipe system.
6. Treat Yourself
We know you’ve been eyeing that new jacuzzi tub for your master bathroom, or thought about updating your bathroom fixtures and faucet heads. Go for it! Most of these renovations are easier to install than you would think, and even the tougher ones can be accomplished with just a little bit of help. Give us a call and let us talk you through all of your exciting projects!