It’s spring time and that means out with the old and in with the new. Unfortunately, all the ‘new’ doesn’t come for free. Lucky for you, Action is here to share a few ways you can save with a few simple changes around your home:
- Check your faucets for drips or leaks.
- Check for slow leaks by taking a reading on your water meter before bed. If you haven’t used any water by the next morning, it should be the same.
- Check your toilets for hidden leaks.
- Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear outside the bowl within 30 minutes.
- Inspect your toilets for cracks.
- Make sure all drains have strainers.
- This will help prevent clogs from hair in the shower or sink.
- Test your toilets to ensure they flush properly.
- If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts.
- This is an inexpensive option and you’ll notice a lower water bill.
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater.
- It should be set to no higher than 120° F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use.
- Consider replacing your water heater if it is older than 15 years.
- Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
- The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was made.
- Pour a gallon of water into infrequently used drains (including floor drains) to fill the trap and prevent odors from entering the house.
- Slow floor drains should be snaked to ensure they will carry away water quickly in the event of a flood.
- Install a backflow valve in the floor drain, especially if you live in an area where sewers often back up into homes.
- This will prevent future backups.
- Check your sump pump to make sure it is working properly.
- It can easily be flooded from heavy spring rains.
- Clean out yard drains, gutters, and downspouts.
- Make sure water flows freely through outdoor faucets and hose bibs.
- If there is a drip from the faucet or leak inside your home after turning on outdoor water supplies, there may be a previously frozen pipe that is cracked and needs to be replaced.
- Clean your shower head.
- This is a great option to remove buildup and improve the water flow and reduce water waste.
- Try using vinegar as an inexpensive way to clean mineral buildup. Take a plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Place the bag on the shower head in place and wrap the bag with a few heavy rubber bands securing the bag to the shower head. Leave the bag in place for 24 hours and your shower head will be sparkling clean!
If you are busy and don’t have time to inspect your plumbing and pipes yourself for any additional savings, you can have an Action technician do a home walk through to ensure everything is in tip top shape.