Everyone can benefit from saving a little extra money each month. Since it’s so dry in Redding in the summer, you might also want to do your part to conserve water. There are several ways in which you can save water and save money on plumbing.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
With each flush of the toilet or each minute you run the shower, many gallons of water are used. If you install low-flow toilets and showerheads, you can save a lot of water. It’s actually the law in California that new homes be built with water-conserving fixtures. New toilets can’t use more than 1.6 gallons per flush, and showerheads can’t use more than 2.5 gallons per minute.
If you have an older home in Redding, you may still have a traditional toilet or showerhead. A toilet built decades ago might use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, and showerheads might use 5 to 8 gallons a minute. It would be a smart move to replace those with newer ones. You probably won’t notice any significant difference other than the fact that your water consumption will be reduced. If you’d like assistance with installing a low-flow fixture, you can turn to Steve Beaton Plumbing.
Check for Leaks
It’s fairly obvious when a pipe has burst, but when there’s a small leak, you might not find it for a long time. Some signs that you may have a leak include a high water bill, a musty odor, or an influx of pests, but it’s not always that easy to spot. That’s why it can be a good idea to have a professional come and take a look. We have diagnostic tools that can help us identify leaks in various places, including in the concrete slab under your home. We’ll make sure we address leaks as soon as possible.
Keep Your Drains Clear
Drains should be clear of anything that could damage them or cause a blockage. You can be strategic about how you use these drains so that you can prevent problems in the future. The bathtub and shower drains should be protected by strainers to prevent soapy grime and hair from getting in the pipes. The kitchen sink should also have a strainer to keep food from getting stuck.
Even if you have a garbage disposal, you should throw large pieces of food or anything sticky or hard in the trash. Avoid disposing of cooking grease in the kitchen sink because it can congeal in the pipes and cause a lot of problems. You can, instead, pour it into a container and throw the container away. If you do have an issue with the drains in your sinks, showers, or tubs, we can remedy the situation with professional drain cleaning.
Get Plumbing Help Today
Make sure you’re not wasting water and causing unnecessary issues with your drains. If you’re interested in replacing your fixtures with ones that converse water, we can definitely help. Call Steve Beaton Plumbing to schedule your appointment.