Professional plumbing services may seem like an expense that you can avoid by taking care of your home’s needs on your own. The truth is that DIY plumbing is possible but it’s important to know when to call a professional and when to tackle it yourself.
After years in the industry, we’ve experienced it all and we’ve discovered a few tips to save on plumbing bills. Consider it part of our plumbing problem guide for the homeowner.
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Art Plumbing, AC and Electric currently service areas throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida. We also service Duval County in Northeast Florida. We offer emergency plumber services and there’s no extra charge on the weekends.
Replace Outdated Parts
Replacing the key parts of your plumbing system can make a massive difference to your water bill. Fixtures like your faucets adjust how much water is passing through. Choosing faucets that are water efficient can have long-term benefits. Outdated parts throughout your system will have a negative effect on the overall efficiency of your home’s plumbing.
One element of your plumbing system is your water heater. Older models affect your electricity bill negatively because you can’t adjust the time settings. In older models, hot water is stored in anticipation for usage, which affects performance. Newer models can be set according to a routine and heat up faster, which means you don’t need to leave your water heater running “in case of.”
Choose Quality Plumbing Parts
When repairing parts of your plumbing system, don’t try to skimp on price and trade-up quality. A home without efficient plumbing is no fun. You need to consider the importance of this and be sure that you’re only installing the best quality. This doesn’t mean that you have to get the most expensive parts on the market, but an experienced plumber will know what works best for your home. If you’re working with a budget, make sure your plumber knows this and that you expect the best quality that you can afford. If you purchase these parts on your own, choose products that have quality assurance because at the end of the day, buying cheap will cost you.
Routine Plumbing Maintenance
Preventative maintenance saves money in the long run. This practice allows you to tackle any small plumbing issues before they get out of hand and cost you more than you anticipated. Having experts carefully expect your system for drips, leaks, or cracks will ensure that your home is safe. Because our plumbing system runs continuously, it’s easy to forget that it requires some attention too. Having a plumbing service come and look inside your pipes with a special camera will help prevent any serious clogs from affecting your home. Think of it as proactivity versus reactivity.
Be Mindful Of What You Flush
As simple as it seems, your toilet and drains are not a trash can. Yes, once they disappear it seems that the flushed are no longer a concern. However, flushing down food particles and other foreign items causes strain on your plumbing system. Cigarettes, intimate wipes, feminine products, food, hair, earbuds, and numerous other foreign objects do not belong in the drain. Your plumbing system has to work much harder to process these elements and over time this can have a negative (and costly) effect on your plumbing pipes.
Flushing grease down your drain can also clog your pipes no matter how you try to counter the effects. It can even affect your neighbor’s sewage system. Instead, transfer the grease over into a sealable container that you can dispose of and wipe your pots and pans before washing them.
Keeping your pipes flowing requires regular use and flushing. If you have a drain that doesn’t get a lot of use, you can flush down a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, followed by hot water. This is gentle on your sewage system and will prevent any smells from generating. As a homeowner, make sure you know where your home’s main shut-off valve is and learn how to operate it so that when something goes wrong, you’re able to avoid any serious damage while waiting for an emergency plumber to arrive.