Want to extend the life of your water heater? Once per year, drain off about 10 gallons. Sediments in the water drop to the bottom of the tank, leading to corrosion and rusting. The ten gallons you drain off comes directly from the bottom of the tank. No more sediment. Less corrosion and rusting.

Another preventive maintenance practice is cleaning the garbage disposal. Take an ice tray and fill it with vinegar. Freeze it into cubes, then grind them in the disposal. The vinegar will clean the buildup of food decay, and the ice cubes will actually sharpen the blades of the grinder. Pretty cool, huh?

The old adage “Pay me now, or pay me later.” is never more true when it comes to little things you can do around the house to help things run more efficiently and inexpensively!