Water leaks in your home can cost you a lot of money through an increased water bill. The problems might not stop there. Undetected water leaks can damage your home, requiring costly repairs. Moreover, excess water can cause mold and mildew to grow which is damaging as well as bad for your health. Following are three suggestions from our plumbers to help you save money by cutting down on the amount of water you use.
Before you can stop the leaks you need to locate them. You can check for leaks by making a visual inspection and by checking the water meter.
Walk through your house checking the taps and faucets in the sinks, showers, toilets, laundry room, and outside faucets.
The water meter is a good place to inform you of undetected leaks. Many newer meters have a leak gauge dial. This dial may be shaped like a gear or a triangle. If you have an older meter, check the gallons per minute hand. If the dial or the hand is moving, then water is being used somewhere in your house. Moreover, if all the taps are turned off the movement indicates there could be a leak.
When you find the leaks you can make the repairs, such as replacing a flapper valve in a leaky toilet or putting a new seal in a faucet. If you can't find the leak call a plumber to help locate it using advanced equipment and technology, such as sewer video cameras.
When it is time to replace any of your appliances be sure to make changes that will save money. For instance, purchase the following devices:
These devices use less water and electricity, which will save you money. Sometimes you may need to change the pipes or electrical system, such as when you convert from an electric to a natural gas dryer. However, for most situations your current plumbing system will be sufficient.
Another very important, but often overlooked, method to save money is to limit how you use water. For example, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, or fill a sink full of water to wash fruits and vegetables.
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