If you’re renovating or just need to know about your home’s pipes and wires, here are some things to check for.
The first thing to do is make sure the electrical system in your home is up-to-date and functioning properly (this includes all wiring and outlets). You don’t want a power surge frying sensitive electronics like computers, TVs, microwaves, etc.
Next, look at the plumbing system. Is it running smoothly? If not there may be a clog somewhere that needs attention; this could lead to flooding if left unchecked. Make sure that all drainage systems such as sinks and toilets are draining properly too.
How to check for an electrical surge
It’s important to make sure that your home is equipped with a home surge protector. The surge protector should cover all the things in your house such as computers, TVs, and microwaves, etc. An electrical surge can be caused by many things. Storms, accidents, or faulty wiring are all possible causes of an electrical surge. The best way to check for an electrical surge is to look at your appliances and see if anything is damaged. If so, your electricity may have surged.
How to check for a clogged drain
Drains can become clogged for many reasons, but the most common cause is toilet paper. Other causes of clogged drains are solids like baby wipes or sanitary napkins that have been flushed down the toilet. To check for a clogged drain, you’ll need to remove the cover to investigate. Examine the pipe to see if there are any visible signs of a blockage. If this isn’t enough, try removing any visible clogs in the drain with your hands. If this doesn’t work, you may need to call a professional plumber or electrician for help.
What to do if you notice that your plumbing is running improperly
If you notice that your plumbing is running improperly, you may need to call a professional plumber or electrician. One common cause of this is a blockage. Remove any visible clogs with your hands or remove the cover to see if there are any other signs of a blockage. If this isn’t enough, you may need to call a professional for help. Another cause of plumbing problems is worn-out fixtures and faucets. If your sink faucet or bathtub fixture is leaking or dripping, it will have to be replaced.
Things you should know about your home’s wiring and outlets
Tip to know when buying electrical products: Ensure that the ground wire is in good condition to reduce the risk of fire or electrocution.
Avoid plugging too many devices into one outlet because it can overload circuits and cause an electric shortage or fire.
Check the labels on your extension cord and power strip for at least one that says “UL Listed”. This sign indicates that the manufacturer has tested this product to ensure it meets safety standards. “UL” stands for Underwriters Laboratories, who are a well-respected testing organization. The opposite of “UL” is “EWL”, which means “Exempt Wire List”.
Look for an inexpensive voltage tester at hardware stores or online before replacing devices or circuits.
While there are multiple types of light bulbs, LEDs are energy-efficient and last longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Before buying appliances, make sure they are the most efficient for your needs. Look for ENERGY STAR® on products or manuals to help determine if an appliance is energy efficient.
ENERGY STAR is a program run by the United States Environmental Protection Agency that gives an official label to building products that have met strict efficiency guidelines set by the government.
Another useful program you can look into is called Blue Angel which is used in Europe. Blue Angel has been around since 1978 and tests more than 50 product categories, including air conditioners, washing machines, heaters,
Electrical safety tips
There are a few things that you should know when it comes to using electricity and electrical products. When buying electrical products, make sure the ground wire is in good condition and check the labels of your extension cord or power strip for at least one with “UL Listed.” This means the manufacturer has tested the product and ensured it’s safe. If there is no such label, it’s better not to use that product. It’s also important to avoid plugging too many devices into one outlet, since it can overload circuits and cause an electric shortage or fire. Another tip is to buy a voltage tester before replacing devices or circuits. After that, you should consider using energy efficient appliances and consider looking into the ENERGY STAR program and Blue Angel .
Finally, there are electrical safety tips you should remember when dealing with electricity:
– Never touch wire leads of an appliance that has been turned on because it could be electrically charged.
– Don’t pile extension cords together so they block the path where people walk.
– Replace any old or damaged appliance plugs because they may cause shocks.
– Turn off power at the main circuit breaker