Whether it's to save money for a vacation or go out to dinner with friends, everyone could use a little extra money at the end of the month. Moreover, you would prefer not to spend all your saved money on emergency plumbing repairs. You can save money by implementing the following seven suggestions in your laundry room.
Save your laundry until you have a full load of wash to do. Even when you adjust the water level to a low level, you use a lot more water than is necessary. Washing only full batches will save you money on your water bill and your electricity bill.
If your water is too hot you are wasting money on heating it. Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees or less. That temperature is hot enough for cleaning and will prevent scalding injuries from occurring. For further savings with your water heater wrap an insulation blanket around it. These blankets are specially made for water heaters and you can purchase them at a hardware store.
If your washing machine or dryer is getting older, replace it with energy efficient washers. The new front-loading washers use less water and less energy.
Check your laundry sink, floor drain, and washer hoses to make sure they have a strainer. The strainers will cut down on the amount of lint that escapes into the pipes. Lint can combine with soap scum, grease, waste, and debris anywhere in the line. Lint does not dissolve easily. It can continue building up until your line becomes so clogged that you need to call a plumber to clean out the pipes.
Every washing machine has hot and cold hoses that attach the pipes to the washer. These rubber hoses wear out and can burst, causing a huge flood. Check them frequently for signs of leaks or cracks. When they are showing signs of wear, replace them immediately. You may even want to replace the rubber hoses with no-burst hoses that are made of stainless steel.
Install a flood alarm with a floor sensor. When the sensor detects water on the floor a valve will turn off the water at its source and prevent a costly flood.
Use a drain cleaner such as Roto-Rooter's Pipe Shield®. It will help dissolve soap scum, grease, and grime accumulating on the interior of your pipes. It will also coat your pipes and help prevent the grime from building up in the first place. Using it once a month will cut down on the need for our plumbers to come and clean out your pipes.
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