Quick Leak: Tips for Saving on Plumbing Services
Tips for Saving
1. Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks.
Toilets and faucets are the most common ways water is used in the house. One little leak has the potential to waste 20 gallons of water per day. Look for water seeping from the faucet head to the base connection; tighten and secure the faucet attachments. Typically, a rubber washer replacement is the the cause of a leaky faucet. This is a simple fix.
Toilets flushing efficiently should use an estimated 1.6 gallons/flush.Water pooling around the base of the toilet illustrates that the wax seal has failed or the toilet is not securely bolted to the flooring. By constantly soaking up the pooled water you can prevent any further damage to the floor. If the toilet is constantly running and water levels are not balanced; turn off water supply valve next to the toilet. If the water still runs, there is a leak.
2. Tankless Water Heaters
Heating water is estimated to be about 30% of an average home’s energy output. Tankless water heaters are an energy efficient way to heat water without the use of a storage tank and deliver a constant supply of hot water throughout the residence. As many fear that the initial cost of “going tankless” supersedes the financial output, tests indicate tankless water heaters save customers around $80 annually. Tankless water heaters are an Eco-friendly way to reduce the world’s carbon emissions. If the whole United States went “tankless,” it would be comparable to eliminating the carbon emissions of 6.7 million cars.
3. Underground Waterline Leaks
Underground water line leaks can be very costful. Homeowners will not only pay for the wasted water, but the sewer and drain charges, as well. Underground water line leaks can be caused by many different factors. Rust and corrosion can prematurely age metallic piping. Poor infrastructure causes most major leaks, as high pressure is created from the open and closing of valves or starting and stopping of pumps. Heavy trucks or equipment applying too much weight to the surface can be cause damage to the infrastructure, The freezing and cracking of pipelines frequently cause leaky joints or valves.
Leaks can be identified by wet spots in the landscape, areas on the ground where water pools. Significant drops in the water pressure or flow volume can be an indication of a leak. Faucets may produce dirty or rusty water. The underground leak weakens the soil or concrete, creating sinkholes or potholes.
4.Drain Cleaners, Tree Roots, and Garbage Disposals.
Being proactive in keeping your drain unclogged can add up. By reducing the $$ spent on drain cleaners and investing in a “Plumber’s Snake,” customers can prevent some potential major clogs. To prevent major clogs do not pour grease or oil directly into the drain, keep drains clear of hair or solid objects.
Tree Roots can create major structural damage, not just piping and drainage issues.The embedded roots can quickly clog pipes by catching toilet tissue and other traffic flowing from the home to the main sewer line. A complete drain clog may occur, if the roots are not removed. Once roots have entered pipes, they continue to grow and expand; the pipes burst from considerable pressure. The increased pressure may result in a complete collapse of piping infrastructure; requiring repair or replacement.
Garbage disposals are a very useful mechanisms, that must be maintained. The amount of solid items ran through the disposal must be reduced, solid items include: Pastas, Beans, Oils, even Egg Shells. If the Garbage is producing a foul stench or smell, run hot water and add lemon or orange peels, while running the disposal. If the disposal is not turning on. Try the red reset button on the disposal under the sink. If that does not work manually turn the disposal with an allen wrench. If that does not work, put a bucket under the sink for extra water and loosen the plastic piping. Manually unclogging the pipe and secure the pipes connection to the sink base.