5. Toilet tank refills by itself
a. Possible causes: The inside parts of your toilet tank are made of rubber and therefore subject to wearing out due to constant exposure to water. This causes hardness in the rubber and it begins to leak. The leaking lowers the water level in the tank and initiates the auto refill mechanism. A toilet leaking in this way can waste about 1,500 gallons a month and increase your water bill.
b. Cure: Replace the internal rubber parts if they are worn, cost will be under $25 if you do it. Also, take a look at the chain to make sure it is not tangled or too tight. That would prevent the flapper from closing all the way. Or you can slightly bend the arm connected to the float. Another option is to upgrade to a water-saving dual-flush valve.
6. Groans and creaks.
a. Possible causes: As the temperature changes, all homes tend to develop groans and creaks as the smaller parts contract and expand. Changes in humidity can also cause the noises.
b. Cure: Sorry to say, there isn't one. Every once in a while you may have a nail pop or hear some noises as the home settles, especially if you bought a brand new home. However, really loud creaks and groans are not as common. During winter months, be aware of any snow buildup on your roof, or in the case of a flat roof, any water buildup. If you suspect a problem, call in a professional.
7. Musty odors
a. Possible causes: A fungus called mildew is growing in your home because the indoor humidity is high enough for condensation to appear on cold surfaces. This is most common in basements.
b. Cure: Keep surfaces dry. Increase the air flow in your home with a fan. Ceiling fans are popular for this purpose, especially in homes in the deep South. Try to keep the humidity level below 50 percent in your home during the summer or 40 percent in winter. A dehumidifier can help pull out the moisture or add some more insulation to your home.
8. Smell of rotten eggs when using the water
a. Possible cause: A bacteria is in your plumbing which produces hydrogen sulfide gas (rotten egg smell) or your hot water heater has an issue. To troubleshoot; fill a glass with hot water, move away from the sink and smell it, if there is no smell than the problem is in your drain and not your water heater.
b. Cure: If it's a drain problem, then disinfect your drain by pouring a cheap bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution down it. A rotten egg smell in your hot water only, goes back to the hot water heater. You will need to call a plumber to disinfect your system or he may need to replace the magnesium anode. If you are smelling rotten eggs in both cold and hot water, contact your water supply company or if you have a well, your local health department.
Hope these tips helped you out. These issues can appear in both newer homes and older homes. Some maintenance issues are just not picky. Next week we will finish up this series with four more causes and cures.
Now on to our photo blog picture for today. Here we have a shot of the Brooks Brothers storefront on main street in downtown Greenville, SC. Brooks Brothers is a professional clothing retailer based in New York City famous for their readymade mens suits. They provide classic styling for mens and ladies clothing with skilled master tailors available for fitting services. Special ordering is also available.