Plumbing Tips to Save Money
You plumbing system is an integral part of your home. Without it, you could not wash you clothes, take a shower, or cook without considerable effort. So, it's important to keep that system in the best possible condition. Here are some tips to help you stay up to date on plumbing maintenance, save water and enjoy your home the way it was designed to be enjoyed.
Clear the drains weekly
Kitchen drain pipes can have grease and food build up. That's why it's so important to clean your drains regulating using vinegar or boiling water. When done on a regular basis, this simple process will dramatically reduce the chances of a clogged or backed up drain.
This works for all of your drains too-not just your kitchen sink. Clear out the bath tub, toilet and any other drains on your property regularly and you should be able to avoid any unnecessary calls to the plumber for expensive repairs.
Insulation around your pipes does a number of things. Though Californians don't often need to worry about their pipes freezing in winter, there are other reasons for insulation. It keeps in the warmth as the piping passes from on part of your home to the next, ensuring you lose as little heat as possible from you water heater. It also protects pipes from corrosion and wear that tends to develop over time.
Watch your water meter
Keep a close eye on your water meter at all times so you can spot any unusual increases in water usage. Spikes in water usage are often indicators that there's a leak somewhere on your property. Most leaks don't become obvious until well after they've started. If you notice a wet spot on your ceiling or a puddle in your yard, the pipe that caused it has probably been leaking for days or even weeks already.