One of the nightmare areas of home improvement is whenever you have to deal with water. Water is sneaky. Water causes a whole lot of damage where you can’t see it. If you don’t know how plumbing works and where your water shut off valves are, there can be catastrophes just waiting to jump all over you, leaving you very wet.
So when you start thinking about home improvement, be sure that you understand the basics of working with your water system including how to stop leaks in different places, how to seal all of your windows and doors, which anti-mildew weapons you want to have at your disposal, and how water conservation can be a home improvement project as well.
Stop the Leaks!
When water leaks from any of your major appliances, disaster can follow. In one of the leading culprits is going to be your water heater. So, as part of your home improvement procedures, learn how to diagnose water heater leaks, and then figure out if there are any DIY things that you can do to prevent any damage before a professional comes to figure the rest of the situation out.
Batten Down the Hatches
Many people choose doors and windows as part of their home improvement projects because doors and windows are what separates the inside of your home from the outside. And that means rain and snow. If you seal your windows and doors correctly, there should be no moisture transfer between the weather outside and your controlled environment inside. However, if those seals break, you can expect rain, along with wind and temperature variations, to sneak right in and turn into a quick headache.
Choose Your Anti-Mildew Weapons
Sometimes some improvement is just all about home maintenance. And when it comes to water, that means figuring out ways to keep mildew away. Obviously, mold requires damp to stick around. So if you figure out your best ideas to ventilate wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens, that’s your first line of defense. Beyond this, there are plenty of anti-mildew cleaners that do the job quite well. Just be sure not to let mildew sit for very long because then cleaning it becomes more and more difficult.
Conserve When Applicable
Sometimes home improvement comes in the form of minimalism and conservation as well! Think of doing something like adding a low flow showerhead into your bathroom. Or perhaps installing a toilet that has options of different amounts of flush water. Conservation from the standpoint will lead you to feel better about yourself regarding carbon footprint as well as improving the value of your home because you don’t waste as much in typical ways.