It ain’t sexy, but let’s talk about water heaters for a minute (seriously).

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My first question for you is do you know where to turn off the water at your house so when the water heater begins to leak, it does not continue to leak and ruin everything? Many people don’t. This is kind of important for 2 reasons; one thing that insurance companies consider when reviewing claims is did you make a reasonable effort to prevent additional damage after the initial discovery and, in many cases, the water will be going into your house through the walls and ruining things you love that can’t be replaced!

About 2 years ago my water heater died. If you have not had this happen yet, the bottom rusts out and the water leaks out and into the drywall surrounding the unit. We were home fortunately and saw it happening and got the water turned off before it had a chance to do much damage.

I don’t know if there are exceptions to this but above the water heater should be 2 metal water lines – one is for cold water coming in and one for hot going out. If you are lucky, they are marked with colors somewhere (blue/cold and red/hot). That cold water line should have a valve and if you turn that off, it should stop any more water from entering the water heater. Then you want to hook up a hose to the front of the water heater and empty it out to the street (remember that water is hot). Now, do you remember where I said it “should stop any more water from entering the water heater”? Well, if that valve is “worn”, it may not. In many houses, there is a whole house water shut off valve (sometimes in the garage – take a few minutes today to find yours). The downside of this is that it turns off all the water inside the house – the good news is, it will keep that water heater from continuing to fill and continuing to leak through the walls and all over your stuff! And if you can’t find that, you can go find the metal water meter cover in front of your house and remove that lid and turn it off at the street (if you live in a multi-unit building like a condo or apartment, ask where the shut off is for your unit).

 

Now, I have seen many water heaters with these cool pans underneath and assumed (be careful when you do that) that when they installed the new one 2 years ago, they would put one of these under it. They did not – they didn’t even offer. This made me sad, and there was really no reasonable way to put the pan under afterwards, so I just continued with my life and figured it was likely to be about 8 years before the new water heater failed (that is the average in Las Vegas I’m told).  Fast forward 2 years, it happened again, and this time, we did not discover it so soon, so water traveled through the walls and underneath our beautiful laminate floors…. ruining them.  This time, I went to a hardware store and bought the pan for them to install underneath, and it has the ability for me to attach pieces of PVC pipe and guide water where I want it to go next time it leaks, (instead of just letting it seep under my laminate).

This is not a story designed to have you feel sorry for me… it is supposed to inspire you to protect your belongings before what happened to me happens to you. Hopefully you’ll take the time to learn where your water shut-offs are, and if you have a water heater installed for any reason, make sure you get one of those pans (that goes for washing machines as well – I’ve heard some pretty bad stories about those too).

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

 

 

Backyard Fire Pits – Perfect for Las Vegas

About month ago I bought a fire pit for my backyard and my family and I love it!  It’s a great place for the family gather or to entertain friends.  There are so many options from a fairly inexpensive DIY to a full on work of art.

If you have limited amount of space in your backyard you might want to look into a fire pit/table combo, like we did. This two-for-one arrangement allows you to use your table for eating and you can cover up the fire pit when it’s not in use. Then when you are ready for a cozy fire to sit around you automatically have a designated area. We also were not in love with the not so decorative rocks that came standard in the kit, so we are going to buy some of that cool glass that you find in some fire pits.

Another option that is budget friendly that will create a fun and intimate area in your backyard is the portable fire pit.  Just find the right spot and space the chairs around your fire pit in a circle to create a nice conversation space.

If you’re thinking of starting a large-scale backyard renovation, and you’re lucky enough to have a pool, consider adding a fire pit to the pool area and while you are renovating you can easily add elements such as gas to your fire pit. This solution works really well in Las Vegas where hanging out by the pool is an almost a year-round option.

The in-ground fire pit is also a great option although it will require a bit of renovation. Figure out where you want it placed, digging it out and replacing the stones or patio tiles once the fire pit is in and cover the spot when not in use. You night need a permit from the city for this option so make sure you check into that.

A concrete fire pit along with a bench is ideal for a more modern home. This kind of space can be customized to work in small or large backyard and can be hooked into already existing gas lines.

Do you already have a spot in your yard with built-in seating or benches?  Consider adding a fire pit as the perfect outdoor centerpiece.

Whatever type of fire pit you choose I’m sure you will enjoy it and wonder “Why didn’t I do this years ago.”

One word of caution – – – it’s fire, so please be smart about it. Make sure you choose a smart location in relation to buildings and overhangs, and don’t leave it unattended. If you are going to use wood instead of gas, make sure you can touch the coals with your bare hands before you go to bed. I’d hate to read about your firepit as a news story instead of a blog post!

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff