With the arrival of the New Year comes the impulse to put together a list of things you’d like to accomplish before the end of 2018. Sure, you’ll resolve to take better care of your body and maybe even your finances, but you should also remember to take better care of your home in the New Year, too.
Here are a few plumbing resolutions that not only could save you money, but also help protect you from any major plumbing mishaps:
- Resolve, as a family, to stop wasting water: Check all your pipes for leaks. If there are leaks, fix them all. Much of the water wasted annually comes from leaky faucets, shower heads and toilets. One drip per second can waste approximately 2,000 gallons throughout the year. Inspect visible pipes for discoloration and corrosion. If you find any, have a professional look at replacing them.
- Resolve to take shorter showers: Everyone in the family can conserve water by spending just a little less time in the shower. In most homes, showers typically are the third-largest water usage, after toilets and clothes washers. With the average flow rate of 2.1 gallons per minute, cutting just one minute in the shower for each member of a four-person household could result in using 250 fewer gallons of water per month!
- Resolve to replace any old shower head, faucet or toilet: You can save yourself lots of cash by switching to more up-to-date, low-flow models. Click here to read more about 9 water-saving devices to install in your home.
- Resolve to also replace any old water heater with a new, more efficient model: You will be surprised to find that the cost of a new one will be recouped within a few months. This could save you money not only on your water bill but also your energy bill. Ask a professional to make sure all of your equipment is the proper size for your home.
- Resolve to have your plumber check your home’s water pressure: Does it seem like you have low water pressure throughout your home? There may be some simple solutions. Click here to read more about what to consider if your home has a water pressure problem.
- Resolve to check your drains: Are they slow? You might have build-up that needs to cleaned out. Click here to read more about drain clogs and what to do for them.
- Resolve to make a checklist and to check the list twice: Items on that checklist should include inspecting p-traps under your sink; looking at faucets and shower heads for rust, leaks and cracks; and checking for leaks around any appliance that uses water, like your dishwasher and washing machine.
Keeping an eye on your pipes is the smart resolution. Every homeowner is going to experience a plumbing problem at some point. Plumbing repairs can be costly, especially when what looks like an ordinary leak is not so ordinary.
Korrect plumbers are experienced in handling all types of plumbing issues and can fix the problems to prevent serious issues in the future. Hiring a professional can save money in the long run, as they will use the right materials and the right tools for the job from start to finish.