Patching an Old HVAC System
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Patching an Old HVAC System

When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.


Patching an Old HVAC System

4 Things To Do For Your Plumbing System Before Going Out Of Town

Mary Gonzalez

Plumbing problems are something that can occur at any time, including when you are not around. Plumbing problems can be disastrous when you are away on vacation because you won't be there to hire an emergency plumber and do what you can to prevent water damage in your home. That's what you should do the following four things before going away on vacation:

  1. Inspect the Water Heater: Before leaving to go out of town, you will want to inspect your water heater. This is an appliance that is often overlooked. Over time, rust can accumulate, as well as leaks. When this happens, you definitely don't want to go out of town. Eventually, the water heater leaks can combust and cause serious water damage in your home. Upon coming back home, not only will you have a large mess to clean up, but you also won't have any hot water until the water heater is replaced. If you find any of these issues when inspecting your water heater, you will either want to replace it or have a professional come in to patch up small leaks. 
  2. Turn On the Heat in Winter: Leaving the heater on when you go on vacation in the winter season is a good idea. This is because if you leave your home in freezing conditions, it can freeze the plumbing pipes, which can then burst. Keep your heater on at a temperature that will keep your home just warm enough to prevent this from happening. You should also consider insulating the pipes for further protection.
  3. Shut Off the Water Supply: Before going out of town, it's a good idea to shut off the main water supply. This is important because if a plumbing problem does occur, there won't be any water pumping through the pipes that will leak and cause significant water damage in your home. 
  4. Get a House Sitter: If you are going to be gone for a long period of time, it's best to hire a house sitter. This way, if problems occur, they can call the right professionals to make necessary repairs. Leave numbers for the professionals you want them to contact and be sure that you only authorize for temporary repairs to be done that you will take care of when indefinitely when you return from vacation. 

When you know these four things to do for your plumbing system, you can be sure that you return home without immediately having to deal with any serious complications.