Overflowing toilets, dripping faucets, leaking pipes – those are just a few of the problems that can stem from plumbing issues, which can cost money to fix and perhaps more money in cleanup costs. In this post, we’ll take a look at five ways you can maintain your plumbing, which can help you save both money and frustration.
5 Plumbing Tips to Save Money
1. Check Your Water Bill
Pay attention to your water bill from month to month. That’s because if it’s significantly higher and there is no obvious reason why, it could be the result of a hidden leak somewhere in the home. Any type of non-obvious leak won’t just cause your utility bills to increase, but it could also lead to water damage if it’s not detected and repaired quickly.
2. Don’t Put Certain Food Waste Down the Drain
When you’re preparing meals or cleaning up after dinner, try to avoid putting any oils or grease down the kitchen sink. When oils and grease harden, it can cling to your pipes and lead to blockages over time.
3. Watch What You Flush
There are only two things that you should flush down the toilet: waste and toilet paper. Anything else has the potential to clog lines and lead to overflows.
4. Upgrade to More Efficient Fixtures, Appliances
From low-flow showerheads to water-conserving toilets, today’s advanced fixtures can significantly reduce the amount of water that’s used for everyday things. You might also want to look into tankless water heaters, which provide hot water to the home on-demand. While these appliances won’t reduce the amount of water you use, they will decrease the energy usage required compared to a conventional heater.
5. Address Issues Promptly
Finally, it’s important to address any plumbing issues you notice in a swift manner. This is important for a few reasons. One, fixing or having a professional plumber repair a running toilet, dripping faucet or other issue is likely going to save you money on your water bill. And two, plumbing leaks also have the potential to lead to water damage and mold growth. Aside from repairing plumbing issues, any restoration and remediation that’s required can also present a significant expense.
Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing Today
For more information on how paying closer attention to your home’s plumbing can help save you money and to partner with a plumber that can implement a strategy to help you do it, contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing today.