even when your plumbing seems to be working well, there are some simple things you can do to help maintain your system and save money on your water bill
5 Plumbing tips to save you water and money
Repair leaking toilet
Lower Water Temperature on Water Heater
Most of us (if not all) enjoy a nice hot shower or bath after work or play, especially during our cold Canadian winter months. But can we really tell the difference between 120 degrees and 140 degrees? Most hot water heaters come from the manufacturer with a temperature setting of 140 degrees. This is mostly to impress customers with the instant burning hot water that comes from the tap. But if you turn down your water heater temp to 120 degrees, you can save up to 10 percent on energy cost, and help prevent anyone getting scalded.
Don't neglect your drains
Often we overlook our drains until they become clogged and stop working properly. To keep your drains working properly and prevent build up, you can pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down them once a month. You should also use strainers in your sinks and bathtub drains to keep soap and hair out of your plumbing. Harsh chemical drain cleaners can actually do damage to your pipes and might be harmful for the environment, so should be avoided.
turn off those taps
Dripping taps are not only annoying, but can cost you lots of money. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 gallons of water per day and add hundreds of dollars to your water bill. An easy way to avoid this is; you guessed it, turn those taps off all the way. Sometimes the tap will be dripping but we don’t hear it. Also if you’ve turn a tap off and it continues to leak, have a professional look at it. It’s usually a quick fix and can save you lots of water and money. Investing in plumbing maintenance now can help you save money in the long run.
get a plumbing inspection
Having a professional plumber examine the plumbing throughout your home is an easy way see if you’re losing water (thus money) through leaks, blockage, or other inhibitors. If you can find and fix leaks early, you will not only save money but limit the chances of further damage (and more expenses) down the line. The inspector or professional also will be inspecting everything from your water heater to your sump pump and shut off valves in case of an emergency. With expert advice you can find multiple ways to save money with just one inspection.