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Plumbing Efficiency Tips

Plumbing makes life in the modern world incredibly easy, but we also have the tendency to use and waste more water than is necessary, and inefficiently operate our plumbing. We’ve compiled a few tips to help make your plumbing use more efficient so that you can save water, energy, and money in the long run!

Check for Leaks

Leaking plumbing fixtures, whether it’s a toilet, a sink, a showerhead or a water heater can cause severe problems for homeowners. Not only is this a significant waste of water, but it is also a waste of money and the energy it takes to heat that water.

If you notice any of the following, be sure to contact your local plumber right away:

  • Dripping water

  • Spikes in your water bills

  • Pooling water outside and under the carpet

  • Discoloration of the ceiling and walls

New Fixtures or Aerators

Older toilets, showerheads, and sink faucets used a lot more water than modern water-efficient plumbing fixtures. For instance, older toilet models use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, while water-efficient toilets use about 1.5 gallons of water per flush. If we say that on average you flush the toilet five times per day, that is equal to savings of around 8,200 gallons of water per year!

If replacing all of your plumbing fixtures is not in the cards at the moment, then try adding aerators to your fixtures. These will reduce the water flow in a similar manner.

Adjust the Temperature

Most water heaters are installed and set to 140°F, which is much too high of a temperature and could be dangerous and is most definitely a waste of energy and money. Make sure to adjust your water heater temperature setting to 120°F to ensure optimum efficiency!

If you have questions about your plumbing and how to make it more efficient, give the experts at Michael’s Plumbing Service a call!

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