Most people don’t give much thought to their plumbing system until a repair is needed. But regular maintenance to your home plumbing system can prevent costly repairs and reduce your water bill. Prioritize these fixes to keep your pipes in top shape and maximize your savings on preventable repairs and costly leaks.
- Repair Leaky Faucets: A leaky faucet that drips once every second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. Some families don’t use that much water in a whole month! Be sure to check both inside and outside faucets for leaks.
- Drain Strainers: This is an easy and inexpensive fix – make sure each drain has a properly-fitted strainer to catch hair and other debris. Protecting your pipes from clogs is one of the best preventative steps you can do!
- Check Your Toilets: A leaky toilet can cost hundreds of dollars in water bills each month. A quick way to tell if you have a leaky toilet is to put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the dye appears in the toilet bowl after 30 minutes you’ve got a leaky toilet.
- Remove Drain Clogs: Do you have a problematic drain in your home that always seems to be clogged? Stay away from chemical drain products, which corrode your pipes, harm the environment, and release dangerous fumes. The best and safest way to clear a clogged drain is to have a certified plumber snake it out.
- Adjust the Temperature on Your Water Heater: Reduce energy costs by setting the temperature of your water heater to 120°F. This setting will ensure your water is nice and hot but will prevent scalding.
- Drain Your Water Tank to Remove Sediment: Once a year you should drain your water heater tank to remove sediment. Over time, sediment can build up and cause corrosion, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater.
- Test and Adjust Your Water Pressure: High water pressure wreaks havoc on your pipes and appliances. Pick up an inexpensive water pressure gauge from your hardware store and measure your water pressure a couple times a year. An optimal level is 40-80 psi. Install a water pressure regulator on your main line if you don’t have one – this simple device will be well worth the cost and effort.
A little preventative maintenance goes a long way to keeping your plumbing system working properly and efficiently. But, if things do go wrong, Mr. Green Plumbing is here is help get and keep your pipes in tip top shape! Call us today to schedule an appointment!