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Did you know that even a small faucet leak could be wasting hundreds of gallons of water in as little as a year? That is precisely why it is so important to ensure that your facets are in in good working order. While most faucets will last a decade or more depending on various factors, here are six signs your faucet may be in need of repair.
Signs Your Faucet Needs Repair
1. Dripping or Water Damage If you notice that your faucets are dripping, this is a sign that you either have high water pressure in your pipes or malfunctioning valves, and therefore troubles with the plumbing. Either way, this is a sign that you should contact a plumber. Similarly, if you notice water damage either at the bottom of the faucet or underneath the sink, this is also a sign that your faucet needs to be repaired.
2. Damaged Components Perhaps the handle doesn’t work anymore. This may be a sign that you need to replace your faucet entirely.
3. A Spitting Faucet If your faucet fails to produce a nice stream of water, the problem likely comes down to a clogged aerator, the screen that covers the tip of the faucet.
4. Sounds Coming From Your Faucet Faucets can produce a variety of different sounds, depending on the problem at hand. In the event that you notice any type of sound, it is a sign that you either need to do a bit of maintenance or it is a more serious problem. If you hear a screeching sound, you likely need to replace a worn rubber washer that has hardened over time.
If you hear other sounds, such as a clanking or a clicking, this is a more difficult problem to solve, especially if the sound is coming from the faucet and not the pipes. It will require taking the faucet apart and inspecting for any potential cracks in the pieces.
5. Rust and Mineral Deposits Rust and mineral deposits are two of the most common types of faucet damage. If you notice either of these on the surface of your faucets, it is time to repair or replace your faucet. Mineral deposits, in particular, can cause further damage depending upon the type of water that is entering your home. Rust and hard water can be taken care of with vinegar and lemon juice.
6. A Squeaky Handle If the handle on your bathroom sink makes a squeaking sound, this is a sign that the faucet stem has been worn down. To repair this, you can take some plumber’s grease and coat the handle stem once you take apart the faucet.
Snow salt is extremely helpful when cleaning your sidewalk and making sure it is safe to walk in, however it is also corrosive to your floors if you manage to bring it in. Snow Salt can often get stuck on the bottom of your soles which can cause damage to your floors as your walk around your home. Snow salt can result in white stains and scratches that are hard to clean.
What you’ll need
Mop and dust pan
Towel and Microfiber mop
¼ cup of white vinegar
First thing you want to do is to mop and use a dustpan to clean up the salt grains. Avoid using a vacuum as the sale granules can also damage your vacuum cleaner.
Mop and dust, then mix ¼ of vinegar solution with some warm water. Damp a towel or microfiber mop to clean the floor. No not soak the rag as that may cause damage to your floor. After mopping, get another towel to dry your floor.
First of all, just want to say happy new year to everyone! Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy new year ahead!
So maybe by now, you have cleaned your entire space from all the clutter of 2016 and are ready to start fresh. Now, the next question / task is “how will you maintain a clean household?” The solution is to first find the problem. Here is is a list of 5 common areas around your home that are notorious for collecting germs and solutions on how to clean them.
The area near your front door is one of the dirtiest places in your house! Nealy 96% of shoe soles have traces of coliform, which includes fecal bacteria
Solution: Vacuum or go outside and shake those germs away! When finished, spray disinfectant spray such as Lysol about once a week.
Your faucet aerator is a magnet for germs! Running water keeps the screen moist, an ideal condition for bacteria growth. Because tap water is far from sterile, if you accidentally touch the screen with dirty fingers or food, bacteria can grow from the faucet.
Solution: Check or clean your faucet aerator at least once a month.
Aka “Meals on Wheels” for bacteria, that is. Vacuum cleaners clean, but it’s all in the bag. Just change it after every use. A recent study by Gerba said that 13% of vacuum cleaners tested positive for E.Coli
Solution: Change your vacuum cleaner frequently, and do it outside.
A recent study of hundreds of homes across The United States found that about 7% of kitchen towels were contaminated with MRSA, a difficult to treat staph bacteria. They are also loaded with E. Coli!
Solution: Wash dish towels frequently or use paper towels to dry! Have a backup set of dish towels so you can circulate it’s usage.
This one caught me off guard too! The more you know… The seal around your fridge can test positive for 83% of the time for mold.
Solution: Wipe down the seal of your door at least once a week with bleach. It’s easy and only takes 5 minutes!