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4 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips

Posted by Warner Service on Sep 22, 2014 1:04:00 AM

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Your plumbing system is the lifeline of your home. Modern plumbing has brought many conveniences to our lives that we now take for granted, but just like anything else, it will break down if left unmaintained. Plumbing repairs can be costly, not only for the physical repairs, but also if damages occur to your home. With this in mind, maintaining your plumbing system not only saves you from unnecessary costs from damages, but also can save you money on your utility bill. A plumbing system that works well will use less water and less energy because there are no inefficiencies. The best part is that it is not difficult to optimize your plumbing system, and many of the tasks you can do at home. We have listed our top 4 tips below to get you on the right track towards an optimized plumbing system:

Perform Regular Maintenance On Your System

Like anything, it is best to maintain your plumbing system regularly. You don’t only check your oil when something is wrong with your car. Instead, you want to make sure that your car stays in top shape by checking the oil before something goes wrong. This is the same mentality you should have for plumbing maintenance. Following a few simple steps every month will have your plumbing system working efficiently with minimal effort or expense on your part. For information about how to maintain your plumbing system, check out this blog post.

Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees

Did you know that for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater, you save 4% of your energy bill? Over the course of a year, that can add up to a lot of savings. In addition to simply lowering your water heater, you can also set “vacation mode” if you know you will not be in your home for a period of time. This mode will keep some water warm, but not as much as it normally would. This saves energy and water, and all you have to do is push a button when you come home. Finally, draining your water heater can also be an effective way to save money and keep your plumbing flowing freely. Your water heater accumulates sediment over time, especially if you have hard water. By draining it, your water will be easier to heat and there will be more pure water inside.

Use The Auto Shutoff On Your Washing Machine

The drain hose in your washing machine often times dislodges from the drainage pipe, causing a massive flood almost immediately inside your laundry machine. Want to avoid this headache? Use your washing machine’s flood detector auto shutoff. This device monitors for washing machine floods and will automatically shut off the water if it determines your unit has too much water in it. This prevents overuse of water, flooding, and damages to your washing machine. If your current model is not equipped with an Auto Shutoff, you may want to consider investing in a new model.

Invest in a Low-Consumption Toilet

Do you know how much water you just flushed down the toilet (literally). Standard toilets use about a gallon of water per flush. Luckily, newer toilet models are often made to use less water. This means that less water is wasted, but also that your plumbing system runs more efficiently because of the pressure used by the newer models. Consider upgrading your toilet when it is convenient for your home plumbing system.

So there you have it, Warner Service’s Top 4 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips. If you need more information about how to optimize your plumbing system, give Warner Service a call to have a qualified, certified technician examine your individual plumbing system and put you on the right path towards an efficient plumbing system.

Your plumbing system is the lifeline of your home. Modern plumbing has brought many conveniences to our lives that we now take for granted, but just like anything else, it will break down if left unmaintained. Plumbing repairs can be costly, not only for the physical repairs, but also if damages occur to your home. With this in mind, maintaining your plumbing system not only saves you from unnecessary costs from damages, but also can save you money on your utility bill. A plumbing system that works well will use less water and less energy because there are no inefficiencies. The best part is that it is not difficult to optimize your plumbing system, and many of the tasks you can do at home. We have listed our top 4 tips below to get you on the right track towards an optimized plumbing system:

Perform Regular Maintenance On Your System

Like anything, it is best to maintain your plumbing system regularly. You don’t only check your oil when something is wrong with your car. Instead, you want to make sure that your car stays in top shape by checking the oil before something goes wrong. This is the same mentality you should have for plumbing maintenance. Following a few simple steps every month will have your plumbing system working efficiently with minimal effort or expense on your part. For information about how to maintain your plumbing system, check out this blog post.

Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater to 120 Degrees

Did you know that for every 10 degrees you lower your water heater, you save 4% of your energy bill? Over the course of a year, that can add up to a lot of savings. In addition to simply lowering your water heater, you can also set “vacation mode” if you know you will not be in your home for a period of time. This mode will keep some water warm, but not as much as it normally would. This saves energy and water, and all you have to do is push a button when you come home. Finally, draining your water heater can also be an effective way to save money and keep your plumbing flowing freely. Your water heater accumulates sediment over time, especially if you have hard water. By draining it, your water will be easier to heat and there will be more pure water inside.

Use The Auto Shutoff On Your Washing Machine

The drain hose in your washing machine often times dislodges from the drainage pipe, causing a massive flood almost immediately inside your laundry machine. Want to avoid this headache? Use your washing machine’s flood detector auto shutoff. This device monitors for washing machine floods and will automatically shut off the water if it determines your unit has too much water in it. This prevents overuse of water, flooding, and damages to your washing machine. If your current model is not equipped with an Auto Shutoff, you may want to consider investing in a new model.

Invest in a Low-Consumption Toilet

Do you know how much water you just flushed down the toilet (literally). Standard toilets use about a gallon of water per flush. Luckily, newer toilet models are often made to use less water. This means that less water is wasted, but also that your plumbing system runs more efficiently because of the pressure used by the newer models. Consider upgrading your toilet when it is convenient for your home plumbing system.

So there you have it, Warner Service’s Top 4 Money-Saving Plumbing Tips. If you need more information about how to optimize your plumbing system, give Warner Service a call to have a qualified, certified technician examine your individual plumbing system and put you on the right path towards an efficient plumbing system.

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