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Winterizing your Home: A Handy Checklist

Oct 17, 2014

Are you tired of watching helplessly as your energy bills go through the roof every winter? Fortunately, there’s a way to lower your energy bills other than freezing: learn to winterize your home! With this handy checklist, you’ll find you’re not helpless after all.

Seal and Insulate the Attic

The first trick to keeping energy bills from going through the roof is to keep warm air from going through the roof. More specifically, the trick is to seal and insulate the leaky attic floor.

Take a peek into the attic. Is the floor covered with insulation? If you can still see the rafters, you could benefit from adding another layer. Before you do though, lift up sections of insulation and look for leaks. Black, dusty residue on the insulation is a common sign. Seal these leaks with expanding spray foam. Then add insulation to further reduce heat transfer into the attic.

Dodge the Drafts

Drafty windows and doors contribute to huge amounts of energy waste. Seal cracks around windows and door frames with caulk. Then replace worn out weatherstripping on doorjambs. Check the door sweeps on exterior doors. Do they create a tight seal when the doors are shut, or do they allow drafts in? A new door sweep is the answer to a drafty threshold.

Install Storm Windows or Plastic

Windows are some of the leakiest spots in your house because glass is a poor insulator. To reduce heat transfer, cover the glass with storm windows. It may be a pain to lug them out of the shed again this year, but the effort increases your windows’ insulating capabilities by 45%.

If you don’t already have storm windows and want a cheaper alternative, you can always put up window plastic. When installed correctly, it’s nearly invisible and provides an affordable added buffer against chilly outdoor air.

Winterize Your Water Lines

You don’t need to water your lawn in the winter, so take the time before the first freeze to blow out the sprinkler system. Disconnect, drain and store garden hoses and turn off all exterior water spigots. Make sure you don’t have any excess water pooled around your air conditioner. If the A/C has a water shutoff valve, turn that off as well.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can burst and become one of the most expensive home disasters you have ever dealt with. Take a simple preventive step and insulate exposed stretches of pipe that come in contact with cold air. The basement, crawlspace, and exterior walls are all places you should look for exposed pipe. Slip on pre-slit pipe foam to provide the insulation your pipes need to prevent freezing. This winterizing tip also helps reduce water heating costs by helping the water reach its target temperature at the tap faster than uninsulated pipes.

Seal the Ductwork

Fall is a prime time of year to seal the ducts and help heated air reach supply registers without leaking into unoccupied spaces. Since traditionally leaky ductwork wastes about 10 to 30 percent of the air blowing through it, it definitely pays to have a contractor come seal it up for you. As an added benefit, you can expect cleaner indoor air since sealed ductwork can’t pick up fumes or dust particles from the attic, garage or crawlspace and carry them to your indoor air.

You might be tempted to skip these tips for winterizing your home, but the effort is well worth it. You’ll feel grateful when the wind starts howling and you’re sitting pretty in your cozy, winterized home.

Toilet Terms and Slang you Need to Know

Oct 14, 2014

As if plumbing and toilets weren’t unintentionally funny enough, the perfectly serious words used to describe plumbing parts and functions can be on another level of weird. O-Ring A round rubber ring or washer used to create a water-tight seal. Drip Chanel A metal catch to prevent water from running down a shower door when

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Toilet Tag

Oct 10, 2014

Want to encourage your kids to get up and play? The next time you’re in charge of a playgroup or hosting a birthday party, consider setting up a game of tag. Just make sure you tell the kids this is no ordinary game of tag; this is toilet tag! Kids ages 5 to 12 will

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Planters

Oct 8, 2014

By Hannah Haselhoff Don’t have a green thumb, but would love to have your own herb or flower garden? This easy DIY project is for you! I’ve always dreamed of having fresh vegetables that were seasoned from herbs from my own garden. I started with seeds using planters that I made from toilet paper rolls.

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Old Farmer’s Almanac: Winter Weather Prediction

Oct 4, 2014

Winter weather took its toll on the majority of the country’s residents and homes last winter. How is this winter expected to stack up? Mr. Rooter® consulted the weather experts at the Old Farmer’s Almanac to help you protect your family – and your plumbing – from this season’s winter chill. How badly will winter weather wear

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A Shopping List for Avoiding Frozen Pipes

Oct 3, 2014

Winter is on its way, which means you have some maintenance to do around your home to prepare for the colder weather. One important task is to prep your pipes for freezing temperatures. Before you hit the hardware store, arm yourself with this shopping list of everything you need to avoid frozen pipes. Pipe Insulation Special

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The UTEC Billboard: Water Conservation Out of Thin Air

Sep 23, 2014

What do billboards and water conservation have to do with each other? Normally, the answer is nothing, but a unique billboard in Lima, Peru can turn the humidity in the air into clean drinking water. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, thanks to the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC), potable water is now

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Reunion 2014 Recap

Sep 15, 2014

Reunion 2014 went above and beyond, and we are so pleased with the outcome of our time with our franchisees. This was an exciting time to teach our franchisees about some of the coming technology updates, changes in marketing, and even share leadership and shop tips among franchisees. This year’s Reunion included lots of informative

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Farts and Crafts: Toilet Paper Roll Racecar

Sep 5, 2014

By Kristin Waites Looking for a fun craft for the kids? Here’s a great craft to keep their attention and provide hours of fun afterwards! The process is simple, but make sure to watch help younger kids with scissors and paint. Materials Toilet paper rolls Paint Paintbrush Glue stick Construction paper Instructions Paint the tubes.

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Mr. Rooter Took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Aug 29, 2014

Over the past weeks, hundreds upon thousands of people have been pouring ice water over their heads and posting a video about it, sharing with the world their reactions to the temporary freezing sensation the ice causes. Unfortunately, this sensation is nothing compared to the permanent feelings those with ALS (also Lou Gehrig’s disease) suffer

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