We are almost halfway through the year! With those summer trips on the horizon, now is a great time to double check your home is in the best condition. Leaving a dripping faucet or running toilet can lead to an increase in your water bill, or worst-case scenario, some serious water damage. One faucet that drips once per second can waste over 8 gallons a day, or 3,000 gallons per year! Be sure to go through each area of your home and make sure everything is in working condition before heading out.
Check for Toilet Leaks
Roto-Rooter most often receives calls regarding leaky pipes and toilet repair. Checking for toilet leaks is a great place to start when accessing the overall health of your home. To test just put a couple drops of food coloring into your toilet tank, then leave for 30 minutes. The coloring will seep into any areas of your tank that are leaking. If the dye has not attached to the tank you have no leaks!
Clean Shower Heads
If your shower faucet has low water pressure there could be an issue with your water heater, or potentially a clogged pipe. Before you give us a call, there are a few smaller things that could be to blame. Shower head buildup can be addressed easily if the problem is not left for too long. One stinky, but effective, method is using a combination of white vinegar and hot water to scrub away hard water residue. Adding some lemon afterwards can help remove any stains.
Know Your Home’s Water Pressure
Your water pressure should be under 60 pounds per square inch to avoid plumbing system problems and excessive water usage. To test your home’s water pressure, all you need is a pressure gauge which can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Make sure water is not being used anywhere in the home and attach gauge to an outdoor spigot. Keeping your water pressure under 60 pounds per square inch will help prevent a lot of plumbing system issues, as well as keep your water bill down. If it’s over 60 pounds, installing a pressure-reducing valve could save you money.
One way to lower your water bill is to convert your toilets to dual-flush toilets to reduce your water usage as much as 30% and is much cheaper than buying a new one. This can save an average of 4,600 gallons of water per year, according to the EPA.
Enjoy Your Summer
Don’t miss your summer plans over a plumbing issue. If you find yourself in a serious or persistent plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to call your trusted professionals at Roto-Rooter.