Top 5 Plumbing Tips For How to Cut Costs

Few people recognize the impact water consumption and plumbing issues could have on your wallet. Fortunately there are a few easy things you can do to save money on your plumbing that will make a noticeable impact. AAP strives to keep residents informed on how to get the most out of your home systems. And we wouldn’t be doing a good job if we didn’t share these top 5 ways to save money on your plumbing system.

Ways to Save Money on Plumbing

Tip #1 – Stop That Dripping!

A dripping faucet may seem like nothing to fuss over, but the numbers add up.

Imagine your faucet drips at a rate about one drop per second. The US Geological Survey estimates that a faucet has to drip 15,140 drops to make a gallon. Seems like nothing so far. However, it all adds up. After a year of drip, drip, drip all day and night, your faucet has leaked over 2,000 gallons!

Sometimes the solution is simply to have all members of the house make sure to turn the faucet off all the way after every use. Other times, there is a leaky fixture involved. A quick call to AAP will resolve the issue.

Tip #2 – Prevent Buildup Before it Gets Out of Hand

Flushing anything down the toilet other than human waste or toilet paper is generally a bad idea, even wipes. It can mean an unnecessary call to a plumber. If you want to see why, try this test:

  • Fill two bowls with water.
  • Put a square of toilet paper in one bowl.
  • Put an item you’re unsure of, such as kleenex, wipes napkins, in the other bowl.
  • Wait an hour.
  • Swish the two bowls around.

If you tried this out, you would find that the toilet paper significantly disintegrated, and the other item is probably intact. Toilet paper is the only paper product designed to do this. Other items can create clogs.

However, no matter how careful we are, things slip by. You can help combat this in an eco-friendly way by pouring a cup of baking soda and then a cup of vinegar down your drains every month.

Ways to Save Money on Plumbing
Ways to Save Money on Plumbing

Tip #3 – Make Your Garbage Disposal Happy

A garbage disposal is best used for a small amount of food leftover on your plate–not as a trash can. They seem indestructible, but you may find yourself calling for a repair if everything goes down it. Seemingly innocent foods can cause your disposal trouble, such as:

  • Banana skins
  • Coffee grounds
  • Celery
  • & Poultry skins

In general, keep an eye out for stringy or course foods that may cause a problem. Coffee grounds aren’t easily carried away by water, so they end up settling and causing problems.

Tip #4 – Replace Any Fixtures That are Barely Hanging On

Old plumbing fixtures break down again and again before finally either dying or being replaced. There comes a point when replacement is actually cheaper than cumulative repairs. If anything is providing you with an unreliable performance and not technically breaking down, you’ll still be able to relax with a replacement.

One costly item to pay attention to is your water heater. When a water heater gets old, it starts to show signs such as:

  • Rusty hot water
  • Noise and rumbling
  • Water leaks
Ways to Save Money on Plumbing

You still have to replace your water heater eventually. You might as well take action before repair costs or a fiasco.

Ways to Save Money on Plumbing

Tip #5 – Check Your Water Meter For Hidden Leaks

Your water meter will not lie. Check it, don’t use any water for two hours, and then check it again. Did it go up? You probably have a leak in your plumbing system.

We hope you enjoyed our top five tips on how to save money on your plumbing system! If you have any questions or are in need of a plumber, call us at (951) 291-0861.