Now that winter is coming to a close, many people focus on spring cleaning. What sometimes gets overlooked is a spring inspection on your house, especially plumbing. The frigid winter air can damage and crack your pipes. The water inside the pipes can turn into ice and expand, causing the pipes to burst. Check your pipes and look for any signs of leakage, including walls and ceilings. We also offer the following spring plumbing tips to save money.
Check for Leaky Faucets
If you noticed an increase in your water bill, a leaky or dripping faucet is the most likely culprit. Did you know that one dripping faucet can leak 20 gallons of water a day? To conserve water and lower your water bill, fix the faucet immediately. Check the faucet’s gasket, as a worn or broken gasket often causes the leaks. Replacement gaskets are affordable and are found at any hardware or home improvement store.
While fixing a faucet is a fairly simple task, you’ll cause more damage to your faucet if you fix it improperly. If you prefer a professional plumber, contact Village Plumbing, LLC. We guarantee your faucet will be fixed and in excellent condition.
Water Heater Needs
If you noticed that water for your shower isn’t as hot as it used to be, consider insulating your pipes. Water from the water heater often loses some of its heat while it moves through the pipes. When you insulate the pipes, the water retains most of its heat when it reaches the showerhead or faucet. You will also lower your energy bill.
Keep your water heater temperature at 120 degrees or lower. Not only will you conserve energy, but you’ll prevent scalding yourself or a family member.
Inspect Your Toilet
Check your toilet’s efficiency. Make sure your toilet’s tank is not leaking by administering the food coloring test. Put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If you see the coloring in the toilet bowl within thirty minutes, the toilet has a leak.
If you’re holding the toilet handle down to make it flush or pulling it up to stop the flushing, your tank might need repairs. Replace any defective parts to stop the waste of water and lower your water bill.
Clean Your Gutters
Spring usually means more rain. Clean out your gutters soon as buildup of debris can clog gutters. Clogged gutters can cause leaks once it rains. Also check your plumbing vents and make sure they are clear.
Your Trusty Plumber
We realize plumbing repairs are a daunting task and best left to professionals. Contact Village Plumbing, LLC for all your plumbing needs, even small repairs. Making small repairs now helps prevent major repairs later. Residents in the Las Vegas and Henderson areas have valued our service for years. Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We’re available seven days a week.
We hope you found our spring plumbing tips to save money enlightening. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have on how to lower your water and energy bills.