After you have purchased a home, you’ll likely spend the rest of your time in it either keeping it clean and updated or fixing and repairing things around the house. DIY projects are absolutely huge right now, but in some situations, doing it on your own just won’t cut it. One of those things is plumbing. Sure, if you’re keeping up on little fixes, you can generally do things yourself, but since many people let things sit until they’re huge problems, an experienced plumber may become the only option. Read on for some ways you can not only avoid the plumber’s fee, but also save money on water and energy.
The first thing you should know about home plumbing is that drain cleaning is a must. Clogged drains are actually one of the most common plumbing problems in homes. Without cleaning them every once in a while, it can cause other plumbing problems in your home, such as leaks due to strained piping, or water coming back up because it simply has nowhere to go. A serious clog can be a costly repair that will take some time and make a bit of a mess in order to fix it.
Another huge thing is fixing small leaks as they happen. Not only will you save the plumber’s fee, but you will prevent money going toward a water bill. For example, a toilet leak alone can waste 200 gallons of water every day. Add in all of the other leaks in an average household going unnoticed, and that number hits 10,000 gallons of wasted water annually; that can wash 270 loads of laundry!
Another simple way to save money on water and energy in your home is new, high-efficiency appliances. Just by installing those types of appliances and fixtures, the average household will use 30% less water. Think of how much money you’ll save over the course of a few years! Not to mention, since they’re new and more efficient, they’ll also need less repairs over time if they’re properly taken care of.
What do you think? Do you keep up on the plumbing in your home?