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Your Pot of Gold - Steering Clear of Penny Wise, Pound Foolish Choices

Save money without negatively impacting your health, comfort or lifestyle! Find out why you should annually test your battery backup system, but not your water heater. How fixing leaks or installing new water saving fixtures can save you. Plus more..

 
PRLog - Mar. 7, 2011 - ****Your Pot of Gold: Steering Clear of Penny Wise, Pound Foolish Choices***

March is home to many of my favorite holidays - of course, St. Patrick’s Day but also the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week lands in March too. So this month, I’d like to focus on ways you can manage your pot of gold when it comes to plumbing & HVAC without being, as my dad would say, “penny wise, pound foolish”.

Read on to find ways you can save money without negatively impacting your health, comfort or lifestyle. Find out why we recommend you annually test your battery backup system to make sure it’s operating in the right parameters, yet we don’t see that much value in cleaning your water heater.  Also learn how saving water by fixing leaks or installing new water saving fixtures can save you (and the earth).

With that here is our advice for managing your pot of gold….

Till next time, Sláinte!

Dan Mahoney  
Maintenance Reminder: Battery Backup System Check  
Homeowners install battery backup systems to safeguard their basements from taking on water. These systems aren’t “set-it-and-forget-it” systems. They require some ongoing maintenance. Both the system manufacturers & our team see annually checking the main pump, the battery pump, the voltage, adaptor, fluid sensor, float switch & check valves as an important part of protecting your basement from flooding.

Annually checking these components helps identify the system's reliability & catches problems before you have to deal with the cleanup from a flood. This annual maintenance isn’t something to skimp on.

Good news is, you can save your money on preventative cleaning of your water heater. In our experience, unless you’ve been militant & done this annually without fail, the cleaning can cause more harm than good.

Quick Fix Tip-o-the-Month: EPA's WaterSense Fix A Leak Week Tip: How to Identify If You Have a Phantom Leak
The EPA annually takes time to remind Americans to check their homes for leaks. With the numbers they have compiled showing wasted water, it’s no wonder why! “The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1trillion gallons per year. That’s equivalent to annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago & Miami combined” (www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html).

Make sure you aren’t contributing to the problem with this quick test. Plan a time when you will not use water for two hours. Visit your water meter & take note of where it is when no water is being used in the house. Two hours later, head back to the meter & confirm that the number hasn’t moved. If it has, you probably have a leak. Leaks do nothing but literally throw your money down the drain. If you have one, be sure to schedule an appointment (you can even make one online @ http://www.mahoneyplumbing.com/Appointment.html )


Product Spotlight: Water Saving Products Offer Luxury Without The Eco-Impact
Theoretically being environmentally conscious is the only clear solution. Who wouldn’t vote for making this world a cleaner, safer place? Too often when the rubber hits the road ‘being green’ means sacrificing luxury and comfort. Not true anymore! Enter Kohler’s line of WaterSense products – check them out at http://www.us.kohler.com/savewater/home.htm This line of products can save thousands of gallons of water from being wasted & gives you a shower you’ll talk about. Here at the office, we took the challenge of taking the showerheads home with us for testing. In three of our team’s homes we installed Kohler showerheads & the only thing we’ve noticed is lower water bills.
Product Spotlight: When to Repair or Replace Your Heating System
Here are a few tips courtesy of Chicagoland Natural Gas Savings Program (complete brochure @ http://www.mahoneyplumbing.com/Documents/residential_repa...)

Most of your gas bill goes to heating your home, so it’s important to ensure your heating system is operating as efficiently as possible. But when your furnace is not working properly, should you repair or replace your heating system? Before you decide, ask the following questions:
1.    Will the repair extend the life of the system? If the system won’t last another year, repair is probably not a good investment.
2.    Will the repair help my system operate more efficiently? An older or inefficient system costs more to operate, so compare your energy bills with the savings you could gain with a new, premium efficiency system.
3.    How much will the repair cost? Don’t postpone a replacement just to avoid costs - you’ll pay for the repair and may need a new system soon anyway. Additionally, parts for older systems may be difficult to obtain.
4.    What are signs that my system needs to be replaced? If the system pre-dates 1995, requires frequent repairs, or if any system components are cracked, leaking or not functioning properly, replacement may be your only option.

Chicago River Dye Job by Local Plumbers
Did you know it’s Chicago’s Plumbers that started the tradition of dying the River green? Better yet, did you know the trend started because plumbers were using dye to make sure nothing was being illegally dumped into the river? Great article @ http://news.holidash.com/2010/03/03/chicago-river-dye-job-proves-that-a-good-plumber-is-worth-having/
About Mahoney Plumbing
Founded in 1960 to provide home comfort to North Shore residents, Mahoney Plumbing, Inc. offers complete service and repair of plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Our teams of licensed, bonded and insured technicians are ready to take care of you. From small repairs to larger remodeling and new construction builds we’ve grown over the last 50 years by providing outstanding service our customers talk about. 501 Bank Lane, Highwood, IL 60040 - PH 847.432.0320 - FX 847.432.0581 - Info@MahoneyPlumbing.com  Trained, licensed & insured service technicians - IL license# 058-099144

Learn more plumbing, heating & air conditioning tips & tricks at www.MahoneyPlumbing.com/Blog.html

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Founded in 1960 to provide home comfort to North Shore residents, Mahoney Plumbing, Inc. offers complete service and repair of plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Our teams of licensed, bonded and insured technicians are ready to take care of you. From small repairs to larger remodeling and new construction builds we’ve grown over the last 50 years by providing outstanding service our customers talk about. 501 Bank Lane, Highwood, IL 60040 - PH 847.432.0320 - FX 847.432.0581 - Info@MahoneyPlumbing.com Trained, licensed & insured service technicians - IL license# 058-099144

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