Learn where your shutoff valves are to your plumbing fixtures. Why, when a pipe burst or a leak develops you can stop the flow of water and minimize damages.
If you have a public water supply, it's important to know where your main water supply value comes into your house. It is usually right under the water meter and if you’re on a private well, it's the shut off valve attached to the well tank piping.
Shutoff valves should be exercised (i.e. opened and closed) at least twice a year. To make sure they shut the flow of water off. A good way to remember this is when you change your batteries in your smoke detectors, also do your shutoff valves at the same time.
Faucets: In most case's low flow of water from the faucet can simply be the aerator being plugged. The best way to remedy this is to unscrew the aerator from the faucet, play close attention on how you take the aerator apart, take the aerator and clean with a cloth or old toothbrush. Once cleaned re-assemble it in the reverse order.
Maintenance and Scheduling Schedule an annual cleaning and service on your boiler or furnace before the colder season starts, so that it is working at its peak efficiency and eliminates any problems before they might happen. This would save you an unexpected and costly after hour service call. Plus with peak efficiency, this helps you save money on your heating cost.
Filters Replace your heating filter in your warm air furnace once a month during the heating season. Operating your system with old and dirty filters means energy is wasted which could damage the furnace by low air flow, and would shorten the life of your furnace.
To make sure your getting the most out of your heating system, keep the registers and vents throughout the house free of dust, dirt and pet hair. Vacuum them at least once a year.