Plumbing Tips to Save Money

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Replace water-wasting fixtures

Everyone likes to save money, so consider for a moment the sheer volume of water used by old, less environmentally friendly fixtures. Toilets, for example, were long built to flush 3.5 gallons at a time. However, newer toilets flush only 1.6 gallons and can flush as little as 1.25 gallons when placed in lower flush mode. This will save the average family of four up to 22,000 gallons of water every year. That's a lot of water and a whole lot of money.

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Running toilet

Running toilets are among the most common plumbing issues experienced in a modern home. Usually when a toilet runs constantly or flushes at random, it's a problem with the flapper valve. Check the valve in your toilet to ensure the seal is still good. If the seal is bad, it will appear cracked or it won't be fully attached to the bowl. This can result in a constant leak of water into the bowl of your toilet tank. 

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plumbing tools to Keep around the house

A good plunger can be the difference between calling a plumber and unclogging a minor clog/blockage yourself. A 'flange plunger' for the toilet and a 'cup plunger' for the sink, shower and bathtub is the #1 plumbing tool every home should have.

A straight pipe wrench is also an essential tool you should have in your home. This is essential for fixing leaky pipes and  loosening and tightening them as needed.