Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

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Plumbing is a major cost to homeowners. Knowing how to maintain your plumbing and keep your disposals and drains in good shape can help prevent the need for costly repairs.

To save you money, time and headaches down the road, we have listed some tips to protect your home against plumbing problems.

Fix leaks

People assume that little drips are not that big of a deal. As a result, they just ignore it until it gets worse. A leaky faucet will not only keep you up at night, it also wastes gallons of water in a matter of minutes. A slow, steady drip can waste as much as 50 gallons of water a day. Call a plumber immediately to save money and water.

Check toilet for hidden leaks

To check for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank. Don’t flush it. Come back after 15 to 30 minutes. You know there’s a leak if the color appears in the bowl. Address this problem by replacing worn components in your toilet tank. It’s an easy and inexpensive fix.

Lower the temperature of your water heater

Your water heater accounts for more than 17% of your energy consumption. Don’t let your water heater drain away your savings. Save money by lowering your water heater’s temperature setting to 120 degrees. This simple step will you save 4% of your energy bill. Plus, it can prevent you from scalding yourself in the shower.

Perform regular maintenance

A plumbing system that works well will not only save you money on your utility bill, it will also save you from unnecessary costs from damages. Your home’s plumbing can become a real money-eater when not properly maintained and cared for. Take care of your home plumbing by doing a little maintenance.

Send some ice down the garbage disposal to clean out any grease that may have accumulated inside. Keep an eye out for any potential leaks. Be sure to address it sooner rather than later. Lastly, know where your shut off valve is. Make sure that it’s free from corrosion and damage. Also, test the shut off valve to make sure it functions correctly in the event that you need to shut off the water in your home.

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