Manchester's arid climate provides those who live there with hundreds of beautiful sunny days a year, which locals take full advantage of. However, as summer comes to a close in Manchester means one other thing, too: It's time to do some cleaning. As you're giving your home a thorough scrub down, it's a good idea to consider changes you can make and steps you can take to upgrade and maintain the plumbing fixtures in your home. Maintaining your plumbing will extend its lifespan, but it can also save you money! Take a look at these three tips for saving money with plumbing maintenance:
Insulate your water heater
The first step to saving money with your plumbing? Take a look at your water heater. Just like with your thermostat, lowering your water heater by just a few degrees can help you save a little bit of money each month. Make sure it's set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also buy a water-heater blanket - this will insulate the water, which means the machine won't have to spend so much energy reheating the water every time you turn on a shower or faucet.
Replace fixtures with low-flow versions
From your toilet to your showerhead to your faucets, replacing old fixtures with up-to-date, low-flow versions can help you save an enormous amount of water and, in turn, a great deal of money. The best part? Showerheads and faucets are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace yourself, so switching them out is a lot simpler and cheaper than you may think. To replace an old toilet (which can save thousands of gallons a month), you'll want to call in a Manchester Roto-Rooter professional to get some assistance.
Routinely check your drains and sump pumps
Manchester's springs and summers are usually pretty dry, but when it does rain, it can come down hard. If any part of your home floods, this can lead to terrible water damage that's extremely costly to repair. So, this tip is about prevention: Routinely inspect your drains and basement sump pump to make sure they're clear and working properly. Just pour a couple of buckets of water into the sump pump, and see if it turns on and discharges the water - if it does, it's working.
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