Plumbing Hints and Tips That Save you Money

Follow our tips to stop wasting your money on things that can be easily be avoided.

1. Expose hidden leaks Not all water leaks can be spotted with the naked eye. Some leaks are hidden and require some detective work on the part of the homeowner to be found. To determine if your home has any hidden leaks, check your water meter before and after a specific period of time when no water has been used. If the meter has changed, there may be a leak lurking somewhere in your home.

2. Put special attention to your drains To keep your drains in working order and avoid unwanted build-up, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down them on a monthly basis. In the bathroom, use strainers in the sink and bathtub drain to keep hair and soap out of your pipes. Remember, to avoid using harsh chemical drain cleaners as they are harmful to the environment and can damage your pipes.

3. Turn off the tap Besides just being really annoying, just consider that a dripping tap can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day, this translates to about $100 to your yearly water bill. To avoid this, make sure you close the water taps all the way, and if the dripping continues, then contact a specialist to have it repaired or replaced. This is a decision that will save you money in the long run.

4. A low-flow showerhead is your best option With a low-flow showerhead, you will notice a significant water consumption reduction. Note that there are at least 42 gallons of water that go wasted in a 10-minute shower with a conventional showerhead, while you could just install a Low-flow showerhead and use far less water. We also recommend setting a household shower time limit. The teenagers in the house may be less than impressed, but your reduced water bill will be worth the complaints.

5. Listen to your toilet If your toilet is making a gurgling noise, your home might be experiencing main drain problems. If the main drain was installed prior to 1980, there is a good chance it is made of clay and therefore easily penetrated by tree roots. A 'gurgling toilet' and wet marks around floor drains are early indications that underground roots are growing and placing pressure on your pipes. Listen to your toilet and have an experienced plumber fix the problem before your pipes break and must be replaced.

6. Check your toilet for leaks Did you know that the toilets are must of the time a home's biggest water waster, with toilet flushing accounting for 30 percent of daily home water usage. To test your toilet for leaks, drop some food coloring into the tank. If the color seeps into the toilet bowl within 10 to 15 minutes, your toilet has a leak.

7. Don’t throw oils or any kind of fats down the drains You should no throw cooking oil down the drains at any time, even though too many people think that this is not harmful at all. When the grease cools it solidifies and sticks to the insides of your pipes. Over time, it will build up and block the entire pipe. It is a better idea to just pour it in a heat-resistant container, let it solidify, and then throw it in the garbage, right?

8. Hair It is a really bad idea to flush discarded hair from hairbrushes or haircuts down the toilet. If you don't want a backed-up toilet, don't flush hair.

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