5 Environmentally Friendly Plumbing Tips To Save Money
5 Environmentally Friendly Plumbing Tips To Save You Money
When it comes to plumbing, there are plenty preventive measures that can take to that will benefit both your wallet and the environment. The simple tips outlined below will help you avoid unnecessary water usage, energy and money loss. From cutting down on daily water use, making sure taps and pipes are in good condition to conserving water and reducing bills – it’s easier than you might think. For a free consult on how to green up your homes plumbing contact Heaton Plumbing today.
1. Turn off those taps
A dripping tap is more than just an annoying sound; it can cause the waste of up to 15 gallons of water per day and add approximately $100 to your yearly water bill. To avoid wasting precious water, make sure you turn your taps off completely. If fully closed taps continue to leak, have them repaired or replaced. Just like with most green efficiencies – investing in plumbing maintenance now will help you save money in the long run.
2. Go for low-flow
Installing a low-flow showerhead is an easy way to significantly reduce water consumption. Even a 10 minute shower with a conventional showerhead can use up to 40 gallons of water! Unreal right? Low-flow showerheads are easy to install and use far less water. Go even deeper and set a household shower-time limit. The teenagers in the home may be less than impressed but your reduced water bill will be worth the complaints – especially if some of those savings goes back to the kids. There are also low-flow toilets as well as low-flow aerators for any faucet that will furthermore lower your water consumption considerably.
3. Expose hidden leaks
Not all water leaks can be spotted with the naked eye. Some leaks are hidden and require some detective work 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. Or contact Heaton and we can do the detective work to determine if your home is hiding any leaks.
4. Don’t neglect your drains
Drains are often overlooked until they become clogged and no longer work effectively. 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. Avoid using harsh chemical drain cleaners as they are harmful to the environment and can damage your pipes. In the bathroom, use strainers in the sink and bathtub drains to keep hair and soap out of your pipes.
5. Listen to your toilet
If your toilet is making a gurgling noise, your home might be experiencing main drain problems – which is a serious problem that can cost thousands of dollars. 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.