Plumbing Tips to Start the New Year Right
With 2020 just around the corner, it is time to reflect back on the 2019 and think about things you want to change. There are always new adventures and new goals that are just waiting to be explored.
While you can always plan to hit the gym more often, eat healthier, and plan that next big trip, there are some easy wins you can have right at home with your own plumbing system. With the new year approaching, it’s the perfect time to share some plumbing tips that you can use to prevent major problems from occurring.
Address Leaks - Save Water and Money
The first indication that something could be off will come in the form of your water bill. If you notice that it is much higher, there’s a good chance you have a leak in your plumbing. Another way to save water is to swap out an old toilet for a new model.
Older models tend to use 3.5 gallons of water whereas new models use a little under 1.5 gallons of water. You can also save water by turning your showerhead to a low-flow model so that you are not using more water than you need. Shortening your time in the shower on low-flow speed can drastically reduce the amount of water that you are using.
Upgrade to Eco-Friendly Pipe Materials
It is never a bad idea to consider going green when it comes to your piping. Using polyethylene and polypropylene plastic pipes are less toxic than PVC. Another way to take care of your pipes is to wrap them up. Hot and cold water pipes should be insulated as much as possible. Pipe insulation is easy to install and comes at a relatively cheap price.
Foam pipe insulators can cut heat loss by 80% while keeping cold pipes from sweating. They also have the ability to increase water temperatures by at least four degrees, which allows you to set your water heater on a more energy-efficient setting.
Enjoy Cleaner Water in Your Home
Don’t forget to clean the water dispenser, line, and cap assembly as well. It is suggested that this be done every 1-2 weeks. Be sure to use newer water softeners as they are more efficient in how salt is used in the water.
Homeowners should also be constantly checking their filtration system by changing the filter often. If left alone, it can become clogged. The lifespan on a water filter cartridge can be measured in months or gallons. Know the expiration date and keep up with it.
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