Who doesn’t want to save money? Many of us have no choice but to stay frugal to keep up with the ever-rising cost of living. At home, there are numerous things that you can do to cut down on costs and save money. Plumbing is one area ripe with potential savings that many homeowners don’t consider.
That said, we present you some plumbing tips that can help you save on plumbing costs in the long run.
Keep the Taps Turned Off
The sound of a dripping tap can be very irritating, but certainly not more irritating than the fact that it can result in wastage of up to15 gallons per day—that can result in a significant increase in your annual water bill.
To prevent such wastage, you should turn your taps off completely. If dripping persists even after fully closing your tap, chances are that the tap is faulty. Consider having it repaired or replaced.
When you solve plumbing issues early, you’re averting issues that could cost you a fortune repairing in the future.
Replace Old Faucets
Besides enhancing the appearance of your sink, your faucet also regulates the amount of water passing through. Inefficient faucets can result in wasted water and a higher water bill in the long run.
If your faucet does need to be replaced, you might consider investing in a modern eco-friendly faucet. These faucets are designed to help regulate how much water is being used and can reduce water flow by at least 30 percent. If you’re not sure of what faucets to install, an experienced San Diego Plumber can advise you accordingly.
Look Out for Hidden Leaks
While you can easily identify some leaks, some are so hidden that they require a thorough inspection of your plumbing system to be detected. One of the easiest ways to tell if there are any hidden leaks in your home is to check your water meter before and after a given period of time when you’re not using any water, for example when you’re traveling—that is if you have one.
If there’s a change in the meter reading, chances are there’s a leak somewhere in your home. If you don’t have a water meter, just keep a look out for unexplained moisture or mold.
Insulate Your Water Heater and Keep It Maintained
Your water heater is likely the most expensive component of your plumbing system. Insulation can help keep the water in your holding tank at the proper temperature without additional energy usage. You can also save by turning your water heater down as higher temperatures require more energy to maintain.
Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your water heater running efficiently, but should yours fail, you might also consider replacing it with a tank-less on-demand heater.
Plumbing issues can be costly, time-consuming, and inconveniencing. To avoid the stress that comes with plumbing problems, and be able to save money over time, be sure to implement these four tips in addition to engaging a qualified plumber if you have a serious issue.