The past six months have provided me with a few learning opportunities in our home. I don't know if the things I've learned are common knowledge and I'm just late to the party, or if there really is a need for more education on homeowner basics.
Much of what I have learned involves water. Truly, I can't think of anything scarier than a flooding basement. Or a gas leak. But really, water where it shouldn't be is one of my fears.
|See that? Water where it shouldn't be!|
|That black handle will cut off the water to the house.|
Fortunately, I have very nice and well-informed neighbors who were able to show me where the shut-off valve for the sprinklers is. Also, the main shut-off valve for all the water in the house. These are good things to know.
|See that yellow handle? You pull it down to stop the water supply to the sprinklers.|
Last month, I learned how to shut off the gas and the water to the water heater. Also good to know. I learned this on YouTube.
|This is a leaking water heater.|
I wish I understood the sump pump better. I wish I knew what French drains are, how they work, and whether we have them.
Is there any other basic thing I should know how to do? What about you? Is there something you wished you knew how to do but don't?