Plumbing Tips To Save You Money – By taking a few easy steps, you can save conserve water and save money without sacrificing any comfort.
Turn Off Your Taps
We all sometimes get in a hurry with little emergencies and forget to make sure our taps are turned off completely. Even small drips, can waste up to 15 gallons of water a day which adds about $100 to your annual water bill. Develop the good habit of making sure the taps are completely off before leaving the area and save some money.
On the other hand, if a fully closed tap continues to leak, it will not fix itself. The small down payment in plumbing maintenance now will help you save a lot more money in the long run.
Check Your Toilet For Leaks
Potentially one of the home’s biggest water wasters, toilet flushing can account for 30 percent home water usage. But testing your toilet for leaks is as easy as dropping some food coloring into the tank. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and if the color seeps into the toilet bowl, that toilet has a leak.
Comply With Garbage Disposal Guidelines
Read the owner’s manual and pay close attention to the “do not” section. These machines have been thoroughly tested by the manufacturer to provide the best performance and the longest life. Some items like bananas, celery, fruit pits and chicken skin can cause a build-up of debris which will result in blockages and offensive odors. Harder materials like spoons and bones can inflict serious damage a garbage disposal.
Take Care Of Your Drains
Keep your drains in good working order by periodically pouring in a cup of baking soda then followed with a cup of vinegar. Over time, drains can become clogged which requires costly interventions. This preventive medicine not only provides you peace of mind, but if there are problems they are caught early and are relatively inexpensive to fix. In the shower and bathtub drains, use strainers keep soap and hair out of your pipes. Regular maintenance of drains minimizes the use of harsh chemical drain cleaners that can damage your pipes and are harmful to the environment.
Don’t Forget Outside Drains and Gutters
Now that you have removed the leaves from the yard, patio or deck it is important to check your gutters and drains to ensure they are cleared. Persistent moisture will rust gutters leading to expensive repairs and clogged drains can lead to serious flooding.
Check For Hidden Leaks
Signs of leaks in the main living quarters of your house are generally noticed rather quickly. But many parts to your plumbing system are out of sight or not easily accessible and require some detective work to be discovered. To identify any hidden leaks, pick a time when no water has been used and check your water meter before and after a specific period of time. Any changes in the meter may indicate a hidden leak lurking somewhere in your home. These hidden leaks are sometimes very costly, because the damage builds for some period of time.
Keep Fats And Oil Out Of Your Drains
It is so convenient to pour hot cooking grease down the sink, especially since we know what happens when it is poured into the garbage bag. But then that grease solidifies when it cools and sticks to the insides of your pipes, building up over time resulting in costly blockages. Instead, pour that hot grease in to a can or some other heat resistant container. When the grease cools and solidifies, simply throw it into the garbage.
While dental floss probably won’t hurt your pipes, consider costly repairs farther downstream. Dental floss is not easily broken down and so persists in the environment. In addition, dental floss is not kind to your cities sewage system because it meshes with other waste to form large clumps that block pipes.
Human hair is pretty much indestructible. Also, the fibers have a tendency to become intertwined forming an ever growing clump of an indestructible blockage. Anti-clog products are not cheap; nor are visits from a plumber. Don’t want a incur the cost of a backed up toilet, don’t flush hair.
Go For Low-Flow
Studies show that even a short ten minute shower with a conventional showerhead will use approximately 42 gallons of water. Installing a low-flow showerhead is easy to do and can significantly reduce water consumption.