Most of us take our plumbing systems for granted, counting on them to deliver water at a moment’s notice to all our household fixtures. Indeed, a good plumbing system does an efficient job of getting hot and cold water where it’s needed.
However, as with any complex system, your plumbing requires regular inspection and maintenance. Performing routine maintenance and upgrading old or worn-out parts is the key to saving time, money, and energy in the long run.
This article will discuss 5 top tips on maintaining your pipes and fixtures.
5 Tips To Save Money Maintaining Your Pipes and Fixtures
1. Use low-flow shower heads.
You use your shower head every day, but have you ever thought about how much water flows through it? Shower head flow rates are measured in GPM (gallons per minute.) Some simple math shows that if one person takes a 15-minute shower every day using a 2.5 GPM showerhead, it roughly adds up to 13,688 gallons of water used per year. But if you choose to install a 2.0 GPM shower head, you approximately save several thousand gallons of water a year. Multiply that if you have a family of four, or if anyone in the house likes taking long showers, and the savings can be quite significant. Contact your local plumbing company to have a licensed professional determine how you can upgrade your fixtures to save water.
2. Check for slow or hidden leaks.
The slightest drip or stream of water can waste a lot of energy and water over time. That’s why you should check all the faucets, toilets, and shower fixtures in your home for slow drips and/or leaks. Make sure you look under the sinks in your bathrooms and kitchen as well. Leaking fixtures can waste dozens of gallons of water a day.
If you have noticed a leak at your home or seen a drastic increase in your water bill, it’s a good idea to call a professional plumber for a home inspection to properly locate and/or repair any hidden leaks.
3. Check your toilet.
Is your toilet flushing properly? Check if the flush button or lever comes all the way up after completing a flush. If it doesn’t, meaning your toilet bowl continually fills up with water, your toilet could be leaking a small amount of water into the bowl without you realizing it, adding cost to your water bill. Any worn-out or faulty parts on your toilet, including pipes and fittings, could also be the source of a water leak. A licensed professional plumber will diagnose this properly and recommend the appropriate solution.
4. Insulate your pipes.
On a cold winter day, most of us choose to wear a jacket to protect us from the colder temperatures. Similar to how a jacket will protect us from the cold weather, insulation is like an extra layer that helps to protect your pipes from inclement weather. Exposed or uninsulated piping is more susceptible to spring a leak when temperatures begin to drop. Insulating and maintaining your pipes, is a simple way to prepare your pipes for the colder weather and could help save you from costly repairs. Call a licensed plumber to assess your outdoor plumbing and properly insulate your pipes.
5. Get a professional plumbing inspection.
A qualified, experienced plumber can look at your whole-home plumbing and water usage and determine whether there are any improvements, upgrades, or repairs that could reduce costs for you.
Proactive maintenance, especially performed by a qualified and licensed professional, keeps your plumbing in good condition. Not only does it save you money on your water and heating bills, but it also helps to prevent unexpected, major plumbing issues that can bring your daily routine to a halt and require costly emergency service.
If you’d like to get a plumbing inspection or have any concerns about your home’s plumbing or water usage, we are here for you! Give Show Plumbing a call at (281) 860-2000, and our courteous and licensed professionals will be happy to help. We also offer 24/7 emergency services for your convenience and offer the best plumbing service in Cypress.