March 2015

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Home in Sonoma and Glen Ellen

blogAs we usher in a new season, it’s time to pull back the drapes, dust off the cobwebs, and get a jump on the annual chore of spring cleaning. But let’s face it, spending countless weekends dusting and scrubbing is no one’s idea of a good time. Luckily, with a little planning you’ll be able to eliminate all the hidden dirt and debris that’s accumulated all winter long in less time than usual.

In fact, here are some tips to help you stay on task and work more efficiently so that you can move on to enjoying the springtime weather with family and friends.

Come up with a plan. Is your priority to de-clutter, organize, or deep clean all the nooks and crannies of your home? Maybe it’s all of the above. Figure out what you want or need to accomplish, then prioritize what you’re going to tackle first. A spring cleaning checklist can help you stay focused and encourage you to keep going as you check items off the list.

Stock up on supplies. Whether you’re scrubbing the house from top to bottom, touching up paint, or reducing the clutter, you’ll work more efficiently if you have everything you need in advance to get the job done. Restock necessary cleaning products; gather storage bins or boxes for items you plan to store, donate, or toss; and, make room for items you plan to sell at an upcoming tag sale.

Set aside a block of time. With all the other activities and responsibilities you’re faced with, it’s easy to get distracted. So whether you only have an hour each day or plan to dedicate the next two weekends to deep cleaning and organizing, pencil that time in on your calendar to help keep yourself accountable.

Set the mood. Do you work better with music blaring or in complete silence? Prefer classical or pop? Will having your kids home be a help or a distraction? Getting in the right mood or frame of mind will help keep you motivated as you dive into your seasonal cleaning.

Tackle one room or project at a time. Trying to do everything at once can be exhausting, but working on one room or task at a time can help you work more efficiently and maximize your feeling of accomplishment.

And what happens when no amount of cleaning can make an old faucet or sink look any better than it already does, which isn’t very good? Then it might just be time to freshen up one or more of your home plumbing fixtures. Today, like always, you can count on Boden for expert installation and help in selecting the styles, colors, and finishes that best suit your home, taste, and budget.

Recognizing World Plumbing Day in Petaluma and Santa Rosa

You depend on it every day, from the minute you wake up to the moment you finally lay your head to rest at night. And yet, chances are you don’t even give it a second thought as you goblog-300x300 about your day, until it isn’t working as it should.

We’re speaking, of course, of your home plumbing, one of the most vital amenities of them all.

But in other areas of the world, clean, safe drinking water and proper sanitation aren’t as easy to come by. In fact, 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and about 2.6 billion people – that’s about half the developing world – don’t even have a simple latrine.

So what can you do about it? Well, a lot actually. You can start by supporting World Plumbing Day, and celebrate the crucial role that the plumbing industry plays in our health, safety, and comfort. More importantly, we urge you to take steps in your own home and community to conserve water so that more of it is available for generations to come.

Here are 10 things you can do today:

  1. Check your toilets, fixtures, and water-using appliances for leaks and repair them immediately. A simple faucet leak can waste gallons of clean water a day, and as much as 3,000 gallons a year.
  2. Don’t use the toilet as a garbage pail. Never flush wipes, medications, cigarettes, or other debris down the toilet. Not only is it wasteful, those items can clog your pipes, and pollute our water supply.
  3. Use your water meter to check for leaks you may not hear or see. Check the meter before and after a 2-3 hour period when no water is being used. If the readings don’t match, you probably have a hidden leak.
  4. Invest in water-saving faucets, showerheads, and toilets. If upgrades are not financially possible at this time, install aerators on faucets and an adjustable toilet flapper so that you can adjust the flush rate.
  5. Insulate your water pipes so water can heat up faster, meaning you waste less water and energy waiting for it to get hot.
  6. Don’t let the faucet run while shaving, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.
  7. Cut back on your shower time, even if only by a couple of minutes. Taking a 10- versus 15-minute shower can save as much as 40 gallons of water. Set a timer to help you stay on track.
  8. Run the dishwasher or washing machine only when you have full loads.
  9. Garbage disposals require a lot of water to work properly. Instead, start a compost pile of food scraps. Not only will you conserve water, but you’ll have a healthier start to your spring garden.
  10. Find creative ways to use up water that you’d normally pour down the drain. For example, use pasta water to water your garden.

At Boden Plumbing, we have the experience, resources, and commitment to help you and your family live just as comfortably as you like, while still cutting back on water and energy consumption. To learn more, contact us by phone or email today.