New Year’s resolution: finally fix your plumbing in 2015

As the year draws to a close, few people are looking to buy a house. However, with home ownership on the rise once again, and given San Diego’s earned reputation as America’s Finest City, we know there are many new and soon-to-be homeowners out there. In particular, Carlsbad is taking off as a go-to destination for couples and families trying to settle down, or who just want to be close to The Pacific without the overwhelming beach crowds.

But no matter what stage of home ownership you’re in, you simply can’t put off repairing your house’s plumbing any longer. If it’s a new house, get ahead of future problems. If you’ve lived in your location for a while, don’t delay the ongoing issues. Let 2015 be the year that you fix your plumbing, and increase your home’s value through these repairs.

Replace that always-clogging drain

Some drains seem to clog up no matter what. Whether you’ve tried homemade solutions of white vinegar and hot water or dumped cleaners down the sink, sometimes pipes just won’t act as they should. Don’t let this annoying problem persist. If you’re comfortable handling plumbing issues on your own, you can try unscrewing the pipe under the sink (provided you can access it). Turn off the water and remove the pipe near where it bends. Scrape out any debris, re-affix the pipe, and test it. If it’s still clogging, call a professional.

Flush the water heater

For some reason, it seems that Carlsbad home are particularly susceptible to hot water heater issues. While some are due to the age of older models, others just appear to be the result of bad luck. However, with one trick, you can prolong the life of your heater and ensure its effectiveness.

Experts recommend that water heaters be flushed once a year, but in reality, most homeowners do it once every five years or so, sometimes longer. To successfully flush your hot water heater, contact the most skilled plumber in Carlsbad. Boyd Rogers will expertly flush the tank to remove any corrosive build up that’s accumulated over the year. And if you’re interested in finally switching to a tankless water heater, we can help with that, too. These state-of-the-art heaters save water, energy, and – in the long run – money as well. High-efficiency plumbing is a very modern way to start the new year.

Disable the sprinklers (for now)

We all want our lawns to look good. It’s the first thing most people notice when they come to your house, and can dramatically enhance overall curb appeal. However, as you know, California is in a dire drought. Water conservation is no longer an option for San Diego residents. The problem is, how do you save water while maintaining the look of your lawn?

One easy solution is to recycle water from other areas of the home, and use it to keep the grass looking green and healthy. Greywater is a term used to describe the runoff from showers, washing machines, and sinks in your home. Just set up a bucket to collect, and then distribute it across your yard. When the drought levels out, you can turn the sprinklers back on.

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