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Home Sweet Home (5 Tips and Tricks)

1. First things first,

When you are thinking about buying a house, there are countless factors to keep in mind. You want a home that’s big enough, in a decent neighborhood and that meets your budget. It’s also important to have the home inspected before you sign on the dotted line, to make sure the plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems are all in working order.

2. Test for toilet leaks.

Your toilet tank might be leaking into the bowl without your knowledge; over time, this can add up to major water waste. Try this test: put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank, then wait an hour. If you see the color seeping into the bowl, you have a leak. Fortunately, this is a simple DIY fix!

3. We've said it before and we'll say it again! Favor the garbage can, not the garbage disposal.

The disposal can be a great tool for certain smelly items you want to get rid of immediately, but it requires water to work. If it can go in the trash or compost, put it there and save the water. If you're concerned about your garbarge can's smell, here are some DIY tips to keep things fresh!

4. Choose your weapon wisely

So... your toilet is clogged. Whether you already have a plunger ready or you're making a quick trip to the store, it's unknown to many that plungers come in a variety of sizes for a variety of drain types and diameters. The first step is to choose a plunger with a cup diameter that is just slightly larger than the drain. There are also two styles: standard plungers and flange plungers. A standard plunger has a simple cup that looks like a half-sphere, whereas a flange plunger has an extension that makes it the more effective choice for plunging toilets.

5. Go Tankless!

The primary advantage of tankless water heaters over traditional models is that they’re generally more energy efficient. A tankless heater uses virtually no energy when hot water isn’t being used. And those energy savings can make a big difference in your monthly utility bills.

Santa Margarita Plumbing, Heating & Air is pleased to serve the communities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch, Foothill Ranch and Rancho Cielo.

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