Excessive water usage and hidden damage to plumbing can cost you buckets of cash. Plumbing problems often include clogs, drips or leakages. So,it is important for you to familiarize yourself with your plumbing system that you can minimize the damage and solve minor plumbing problems on your own.
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7 Honest Plumbing Tips From an Honest Plumber
Excessive water usage and hidden damage to plumbing can cost you buckets of cash. Plumbing problems often include clogs, drips or leakages. So, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with your plumbing system that you can minimize the damage and solve minor plumbing problems on your own. Here are seven simple things YOU can do to prevent wasting water indoors and to keep a check on your plumbing system!
Toilet leaks are often silent yet easy to identify and fix. If these are left undetected, it can cause you huge water loss. Make sure to check whether the water level in your toilet tank is not above the overflow tube. Check your toilet flapper in your toilet tank as it becomes worn over time and does not work effectively. You can test for a toilet leak by placing a few drops of food coloring or a toilet dye tablet in your tank and wait for a few minutes.
Check the amount of water flowing from each faucet. A leaky faucet that drips once per second can waste more than 8 gallons a day, which counts 3,000 gallons per year! Install a low-flow aerator if your existing toilet faucet flows above 2.5 gallons per minute. A kitchen faucet should flow between 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute, which is enough to wash and rinse dishes
Galvanized water lines can corrode or rust with time. Even the plastic pipes are not durable enough and do not perform well. Installing copper lines will prove to be a better choice for you- though expensive, but durable and long lasting.
Do not put large quantities of any starch product like rice, potatoes, etc. down your garbage disposal as the starch will turn into a paste and clog the drain.
On an average, a 5-minute shower with a regular showerhead uses 7 gallons of water, while a 5-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses 2.5 gallons of water. Therefore, replace your older showerheads that can waste thousands of gallons per month with the new efficient models.
Maintain and keep sewer lines from clogging by using a live enzyme. The product will save you from the hassle and tons of money in the future.
Last but not the least, make sure to check the sewer lines for any root or settling problems, when you buy a new house.
Paying a little attention to household plumbing can save you a lot. Keep caring and Keep saving!!