Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Plumbing is something that every one of us uses and relies on. From our bathrooms to our kitchens, ensuring that all of your plumbing pipes are running smoothly and efficiently is important to your health and happiness. So, here is a list of great plumbing tips, tricks and advice, every homeowner should know!

  1. Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period.
  2. Insulate your electric hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the thermostat.
  3. Insulate your gas or oil hot-water storage tank and pipes, but be careful not to cover the water heater’s top, bottom, thermostat or burner compartment; when in doubt, get professional help.
  4. Install non-aerating low-flow faucets and shower heads, to save major bucks on your water bill
  5. Although most water heaters last 10-15 years, it’s best to start shopping for a new one if yours is more than 7 years old.
  6. Doing some research before your heater fails will enable you to select one that most appropriately meets your needs.
  7. Lower the thermostat on your water heater; water heaters sometimes come from the factory with high temperature settings
  8. A water heater setting of 115°F provides enough hot water for most users
  9. Drain a quart of water from your water tank every 3 months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater.
  10. If you heat with electricity and live in a warm and sunny climate, consider installing a solar water heater.
  11. Egg shells are a great way to clean garbage disposals
  12. Take more showers than baths. You use 15-25 gallons of hot water for a bath, but less than 10 gallons during a 5-minute shower.
  13. Choose a water heater with an appropriate first-hour rating (FHR) by estimating your family’s peak-hour demand for hot water
  14. Determine the appropriate fuel type for your water heater. If you are considering electricity, check with your local utility company for off-peak electricity rates for water heating.
  15. Natural gas, oil and propane water heaters are less expensive to operate than electric models.
  16. For safety as well as energy-efficiency reasons, when buying gas- and oil-fired water heaters, look for units with sealed combustion or power venting to avoid back-drafting of combustion gases into the home.
  17. Do not install the water heater in an unheated basement.
  18. Try to minimize the length of piping that runs to your bathroom and kitchen.
  19. If your drain is clogged you can pour half a box of baking soda and ½ a cup of vinegar down a the drain, then wait 30-45 minutes and pour boiling water down the drain.
  20. For electric water heaters, install a timer that can automatically turn the hot water off at night and on in the morning. A simple timer can pay for itself in less than a year.