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3 Homey Mother’s Day Ideas

homey mother's day ideas

Mother’s Day is going to be a little unique this year because many Americans are practicing social distancing. So, if you usually take your mother out for dinner or lunch on this special day, you might want to get a little more creative with how you treat your mom this Mother’s Day. Luckily, the pros at Roman Electric have a few homey/ stay-at-home Mother’s Day ideas that will undoubtedly make your mom feel special!

1. Do Any Housework or Repairs for Her!

If it’s safe and possible, show up at mom’s home and offer to do any housework for her. One of the best ways to make mom happy is to perform acts of service for her. If she has something in her house that needs repair, maintenance or cleaning, help her out or simply do it for her while she relaxes. Here are some common tasks that you can do! To ensure you and your mother are protected, try to wear masks or face coverings and maintain a safe distance.

  • Change Her HVAC Unit’s Air Filter

Changing an HVAC unit’s air filter is one of the easiest ways to maintain it. It improves indoor air quality, prevents costly problems and reduces energy consumption by 5 to 15%!

  • Thoroughly Vacuum and Dust her Home

Help her out with spring cleaning by thoroughly vacuuming and dusting her home. This will not only make her feel appreciated, but it will also ensure her home is free of dust mites, dander and other allergens.

  • Fix Leaks

If your mom has been complaining about any leaks around her house, surprise her by showing up with some tools and offer to fix them for her! Leaks can be incredibly frustrating and wasteful—according to the Environmental Protection Agency, common household leaks can account for 10,000 gallons of water lost a year. By helping your mom fix home leaks, you can make her feel appreciated and help her save on her water bill.

2. Cook for Her/ Send Her Favorite Meal Her Way

Our moms spend so much of their lives cooking our favorite foods for us; it’s only fair that we return the favor. Cook your mom’s favorite meal and drop it off at her place! If you have kids, get them involved too so your mom can get some extra love this Mother’s Day. If your mother lives too far for you to do that, have a meal or even a simple box of chocolates or cookies delivered to her from a shop near her.

3. Give Her a Call!

If your mother lives away from you, the best way you can make her feel special on Mother’s Day is by simply giving her a call. Your mom will feel appreciated just by you and your family trying to stay connected during a time when everyone is so isolated.

The pros at Roman Electric understand the importance of taking care of our families during this uncertain time. The main goal of our business and our services is the comfort and safety of our customers and their loved ones. Call us today at 414-369-3798 to learn more about our HVAC, electrical and plumbing services or schedule a service online. You can also read our message about COVID-19 prevention here.

DIY Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

Learning how to perform some simple plumbing repairs at home can save you a ton of money and time. Even if you learn how to fix a running toilet or a leaky faucet and leave the big-time repairs to the pros, the savings can add up. But you’ve got to be careful. Although it might be tempting to roll up your sleeves and try to fix everything yourself, you can sometimes make it worse.

Plenty of homeowners make easily avoidable mistakes when they try to fix plumbing issues. Here are a few DIY plumbing mistakes to avoid from the pros at Roman Electric. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to tell when a problem is too complicated to fix yourself – when that happens, just give us a call!

Leaky Faucet Mistakes

Although not everyone will suffer a major plumbing problem, most of us will have to deal with a leaky faucet at some point. And while some leaky faucets are easy DIY fixes, you need to be careful to avoid making some common mistakes.

  • Get all the pieces out. When you replace a disintegrated washer or rubber seal inside the faucet, be sure to remove any pieces that might’ve gotten stuck in the faucet itself. If you don’t clean the faucet out, these loose fragments can lodge in the faucet and cause an obstruction that will cause bigger problems later.
  • Cut the water off. This goes for every plumbing issue, but it’s especially prevalent when working on a faucet. People forget to turn the water supply off more often than you’d think.

Using Drain Cleaner as a First Resort

When you’ve got a clogged drain, you might be tempted to pour some drain cleaner down there and just be done with it. However, these harsh chemicals should only be used after you’ve exhausted every other option.

You should start off with a drain snake or augur that will physically remove any clogs. Only if that doesn’t work should you move on to drain cleaner.

Not Remembering/Documenting How Things Fit Together

You’d be shocked at the amount of times someone has disassembled a plumbing apparatus to fix a problem only to realize they forgot how it all fits back together. If you’re performing a DIY plumbing repair, take a picture to see how it all should look when it’s connected.

Alternatively, if you’ve got a photographic memory, you can just remember the layout of the pieces instead. We’d just recommend taking a picture, though.

Tightening Things Too Much

It’s natural to screw something on until it feels like it can’t go any further. But this can be problematic. Although it might not snap or break right then, all that water pressure can build up. And without any room to expand, the connections can burst at the slightest sign of strain. Leave some room when you’re tightening it all back together.

There you have it! These were just a few of the more common DIY plumbing mistakes we’ve encountered, but this barely scratches the surface. When you’ve got a plumbing issue, don’t risk accidentally making the problem worse – get in touch with us here at Roman Electric, and let the experts handle it!

Give us a call at 414-369-3798 to learn more about how we can be your go-to plumbers in the Milwaukee area!