Plumbing Tips to Save You Money

Did you know that a few simple changes and repairs to your plumbing can save you a lot of money over the course of a year? Fixing, repairing, and replacing your plumbing can improve water efficiency, reduce water waste, and prevent leaks.

If you want to save money, here are a few plumbing tricks to try:

Change your shower heads – Installing water-saving shower heads won’t significantly impact the quality of your shower, but it will have a HUGE effect on your water usage. Some shower heads can reduce your water consumption by as much as 50%. You’ll definitely notice those savings when it comes time to pay your water bill!

Install low-flow toilets – The modern toilet uses around 6 liters (1.6 gallons) of water per flush. You can save water by reducing the amount of flushing, but that can lead to problems with smells. Instead, install a low-flow toilet, which is designed to reduce water usage per flush by around 15 to 20%–from 6 liters per flush to 4.8. Dual-flush toilets are another great solution to consume less water every time you use the restroom.

Fix leaks – A leaking faucet can waste a lot of water. You can go through a gallon or two of water per day with a slow leak. Make it a priority to repair leaks as soon as possible to avoid water waste.

Be careful what you flush – NEVER flush hair, floss, toys, or other hard objects down the toilet, as they can cause clogs. Clogged pipes are more prone to breakage and wear, which could lead to cracked pipes. Small clogs can lead to big plumbing complications!

Repair cracks and leaks quickly – Small damp patches on the walls, roof, or floor/ground could be an indication that your pipes are cracked or leaking. They may look small, but you have no idea how much water has been absorbed into the walls and floors. If you notice any cracks or leaks in the pipes, repair them before they grow into more serious, water-wasting problems.

Clean your drains – Dirty, clogged drains are more prone to damage and cracks. Regular cleaning (using commercial drain cleaners or a baking soda/vinegar solution) can help to eliminate clogs and get rid of grime and muck. Clean drains are more efficient and less likely to break.

A few simple plumbing tricks, but they can make a HUGE difference when it comes time to pay your water bill.  If you are looking for a plumber in Los Angeles look no further than Ford’s Plumbing and Heating!