Reducing your home’s water usage can help you save money on your water bills and is good for the
environment. You can do many things to your plumbing to reduce how much water your home uses every month.
These following tips can help improve your plumbing and save water.
1. Replace Pipes
Old pipes can develop leaks. Galvanized piping, in particular, is notorious for developing corrosion,
rust, and damage. If you own a home that was built sometime in the mid-20th century, your home likely has
galvanized pipes. If this is the case, you are likely to experience leaks and other problems that could
result in a lot of wasted water.
Have you ever wished there were a way to stop wasting water while you wait for hot water to make it to the tub or sink spout? Actually, there’s a device you can use to stop pouring clean, cold water down the drain. Have your plumber install a hot water recirculating system to save you time and money. Here are some facts about hot water recirculating systems.
Hot Water Runs in a Loop
Every time you turn on a hot water tap in a standard plumbing system, hot water flows to the fixture from your hot water heater. After you use the hot water and shut it off, hot water remains in the supply pipe. If no one turns on the hot water tap for a while, the hot water in the supply pipe slowly cools.
When you have a recirculating system installed on your hot water pipes, heated water doesn’t sit useless in the pipes after you use the hot water tap. Instead, the warm water in the pipes is sent back to the water heater. Eventually, the heated water loop provides instant hot water to all of the fixtures on the line since the water never cools down.
An in-sink garbage disposal is just below your kitchen sink, attached to its drain. The appliance grinds up food scraps so the pulverized bits can float easily down your drain. Install a new garbage disposal before the holidays for these four reasons.
1. Garbage Disposals Keep Kitchens Tidy
Whether you plan to cook food for the holidays, or you simply want your kitchen to smell and look better, your new garbage disposal helps you accomplish your goals. Messy food scraps don’t sit on the countertop while you prepare meals but go down the garbage disposal as you prep ingredients.
Food scraps in the trash bin start to smell after a short time. The odors can stink up your kitchen and attract pests to your outdoor garbage cans. An in-sink garbage disposal takes the food scraps and their odors out of your kitchen and your waste bags.
Whether you want to add a bit of style or replace worn fixtures or flooring, renovating your bathroom can be a great investment for your home. Some experts believe a bathroom renovation can offer you a return on your investment of between 58 and 66 percent, depending on the size and extent of your remodel. Therefore, the benefits should be easy to see.
Unfortunately, the process of removing a bathroom can be overwhelming, so proper understanding is key. Considering the many plumbing elements in a bathroom, plumbing contractors should assist during the process. Here are a few mistakes to avoid during your bathroom renovation.
Not Repairing Leaks
Is it time to replace your old water heater? Instead of having another conventional water heater installed, consider buying a tankless water heater for your home instead. Here are three good reasons to switch to a tankless water heater.
1. You Want to Use Less Energy
A traditional water heater holds a quantity of water in a tank and keeps that water at a set temperature. The electric elements or gas flames in the conventional water heater must turn on intermittently all day and night to keep the water ready to use.
A tankless water heater doesn’t have a holding area for water. Instead, cold water enters the heater, is heated by gas or electric elements, then exits shortly after being heated. Tankless water heaters fire up and raise the water temperature only on demand, so the heaters aren’t running all day and night.
Depending on your water usage, you can save between 8 and 50 percent of your energy costs for hot water by switching to a tankless water heater. Experts claim that a typical family may save at least $100 per year by choosing an ENERGY STAR® rated tankless water heater.