1. Now is the time to check and make sure your water heater is running correctly; After all, no one likes to take cold showers! The first step is to ensure your temperature settings are accurate. It is highly recommended that your water heater does not measure above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Correct temperature settings will decrease the chances of scalding and reduce energy usage.
2. If you have an ice maker, washing machine, and/or dishwasher, it is very important to check the water supply hoses that run to each appliance. You should have the hoses replaced immediately if you see any signs of leakage or bulging in order to prevent them from bursting. Any supply hoses that are 10 years or older should also be replaced, and it is highly recommended to use stainless steel replacement hoses due to overall durability.
3. Another simple, yet often overlooked task is checking all of the toilets in your household for leaks of any kind. A quick way to determine whether or not there are any issues with your toilet is to add some food coloring to the tank. After approximately 20 – 30 minutes, check the color of the water in the toilet bowl. If it’s the same color as the water in the tank, there are likely no issues. If the water color in the toilet bowl is different from the tank water, it means there is something wrong with one of the mechanisms in the tank. Although most people are comfortable replacing these components on their own, you should call a plumber if you are unsure how to proceed.