New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home’s Plumbing System
Plumbing issues usually aren’t a big deal – until they are. Knowing more about what is happening in your home can (and will) save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the future!
Here are 4 New Year’s Resolutions you should consider:
1. Don’t ignore the little things Dripping faucets, leaky drains, and banging pipes are all small inconveniences that many of you have pretended not to notice. It is much easier and cost effective to take care of these issues while they are small. As I said before, plumbing issues usually aren’t a big deal – until they are!
2. Be more eco-friendly Time to do some math – The amount of water coming from your bathroom faucet is typically between 0.5 and 1.5 gallons per minute (roughly 2 to 6 litres). To put this into perspective, if one person leaves the faucet running for just one minute while you brush your teeth in the morning and at night, you will have officially wasted between 1382 and 4145 litres of water per year. Let’s all be a little more vigilant and understand just how much water goes to waste!
3. Give your water heater some much needed attention Let’s face it; your hot water tank is the lowest of the low on your priority list - unseen and forgotten. As long as there is hot water in the house, you are happy. The lifespan of your hot water tank can be significantly lengthened by an annual flushing of any sediment buildup inside the tank. This will help the heating elements function properly, allowing the tank to work more efficiently.
4. Invest in an inspection Have a technician go through and give your home a thorough inspection. They will go through and check for proper function of all your plumbing fixtures, drains, and water pipes. There are usually more than 100 points to inspect in the average home’s plumbing system. The peace of mind knowing everything is in good working order for another year is worth every penny.