Home. Value. Preservation.
Learning to properly care for your home does more than just save you money short-term and give you a more pleasant place to live: it preserves the value of your home, increasing the price you can get when it’s time to sell or refinance.
In this issue, learn how to care for one of your home’s most important appliances: your water heater. You don’t want the surprise of a cold shower on a freezing winter morning, but more importantly, you don’t want to have to invest in a new water heater before it’s time when you could extend it’s life with a few simple steps. Following This Old House and the DIY Network’s tips about water heat care, including flushing the tank and checking the anode rod annually, will add years to your water heater’s life.
1) The DIY Network suggests a few small inspection and maintenance steps, including flushing the tank annually. Always start by shutting off the gas or electricity and water to the tank. Watch this video for instructions.
2) Check the anode rod annually. If it’s deteriorated, replace it. Watch this video for instructions. The anode rod is a “sacrificial metal.” It’s job is to attract water so the water won’t deteriorate the lining of the water heater. Once the anode rod has fully deteriorated, the water is attracted to the metal lining, which starts to wear and reduces the life of the water heater.
For those of us who find This Old House’s “simple” tasks a little more challenging or simply don’t have time to address them, hire a plumber! Don’t have one you trust? Call us. As part of our upcoming Home Value Coaching program, we’ve built a network of the most trustworthy, experienced, reasonably-priced home vendors in every industry. We’ll hook you up.
Your home is an investment. Preserving the value of your home involves caring for it in many ways, including understanding house and yard maintenance and continual evaluation of the financial impact of your investment.
If you have questions about preserving the value of your home or specific topics you’d like us to cover, email us. We’d love to hear from you!