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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Money Saving Tips on Plumbing

Calling a Charlotte plumbing contractor to fix a problem is not something every homeowner looks forward to. There is no avoiding it at times, but there are ways to minimize plumbing problems. Here are some helpful money-saving tips on plumbing that every homeowner can use to their advantage.

Drain With Care
Be mindful not to cause a drain clog in your kitchen sink. In homes without a garbage disposal, use a sink trap to catch any debris. Also, do not pour anything down the drain that coagulates, such as fats or oils. Doing so could inadvertently create a need for clog repair. Not being careful about what you put down the sink is just like throwing money down the drain.

Lower the Pressure
Plumbing can feel the effects of pressure just like anything else. Too much water pressure in a shower will not only drive up water bills, but it will also take its toll on fixtures. The recommended setting for water pressure is 60- 80 psi. Going over that amount will add up to unneeded expenses.

Turn Down the Temperature

The recommended temperature for a hot water heater, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, is 120 degrees. Temperatures that are lower tend to save energy, meaning less in your monthly energy bills. And if you plan to go away on vacation, it is a good idea to lower the temperature while you are gone.

Mind the Rinse Hold
Dishwashers are equipped with a ‘rinse hold’ option, which is intended to be used on fuller loads. If you are washing a smaller load of dishes, avoid using the ‘rinse hold’ option as it can use more than seven gallons of hot water per wash. Over time, it will reduce wear and save money.

Learn How to Turn Off Your Water
A leak could spring throughout your home at any given time. If and when that happens, you should know immediately how to shut off your main water supply. Call your local water company if you do not know where the shutoff is. And if a tool is needed to shut off the main water valve, go out and buy one. A broken pipe could flood your home and quickly ruin many things. Practice turning off the main water valve so you are ready in the event of an emergency.

Ammons Superior Plumbing NC can take care of clogged toilets, water heater installation and everything else in between. If you are looking for the top plumber Charlotte, NC has to offer, contact the team of professionals at Ammons Superior Plumbing.