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Our plumbers at Peach Plumbing & Drain in Atlanta, GA are glad that our area is not currently subject to serious drought concerns. However, it’s always a good idea to reduce our water bills and usage so we have more for the future. Water savings is a hidden opportunity to cut costs and also reduce water use by employing newer plumbing fixtures and fixing leaks, without a lot of trying to retrain ourselves with new habits right away. As we adjust and our homes are outfitted with more water-efficient gear, we’ll naturally start to make a change in the role of water in our lives. The EPA says the average family has about 9,400 gallons of water waste that they can reduce, so having our plumbers make changes, updates, and repairs for your home can make quite a dent in that amazing number. Let’s talk about how we can do it, and how easy it can be.
Bathroom Upgrades and Repairs Can Save Thousands of Gallons of Water Per Year
Three bathroom activities are on the EPA‘s list of water use reduction goals: showers, toilet flushes, and leaving the water running while brushing your teeth. In all of these cases, there are technological solutions that help save water by themselves, no matter what your habits are. The modern toilets our plumbers install, in particular, often offer a dual flush system where you press a different flush button depending on what needs to go down the pipe. Some new toilets also use an air-jet system pressurized using water pressure that helps get the maximum of clean from a minimum of water use. WaterSense labeled units that are designed for more efficient water use can, according to the EPA, save many thousands of gallons per year, as well as make a big dent in your water bill, just by swapping out your home’s toilets.
Our plumber can provide new showerheads that use technology to get powerful jets of water with less actual water flow, helping you to enjoy your shower and get clean with less. Over at the sink, the reason many people leave the water running while they brush is the logistics of turning knobs and brushing. Simple paddles you can hit back and forth for on or off are easier and more disability-friendly as well, and the touchless faucet controls you’ve encountered in public restrooms provide water only when you need it, without any extra effort, and add hygiene benefits since there’s no need for everyone to touch the faucet after they brush their teeth.
Not Ready for Upgrades? The Bathroom Is Still a Water Saving Focus
Between the water and energy waste that leaky faucets represent and the typical waste from a toilet with a leaky flapper valve, just having our plumber fix these items in your home’s bathrooms can save a huge amount of water per year. As you’ve noticed, these tiny flows add up over time, with hundreds or thousands of gallons in play in most cases. Remember, saving water means saving on your water bill as well.
Older Pipes Can Not Only Leak But Cause Serious Damage to Your Home
Many pipe materials don’t last more than about 30 years, sometimes less, due to degradation of plastic materials or corrosion of metals. Our plumber can help with repairs and repiping as needed. As the pipes age, they begin to leak inside the walls of your home or underground in your water supply line. Indoors, the water can cause damage to wood, wallpaper, electrical wiring and fixtures, and other materials leading to rewiring and repairs. Over time, the dampness can also lead to mold and mildew growth and costly mitigation, or nests of vermin and insects taking advantage of the moisture to live in your warm home.
Saving Water in the Kitchen Can Be Convenient and Fun
Having our plumber install a new, energy-efficient dishwasher and using it with mostly full loads can make a big difference in your water bill. Another recent technological advance is the voice-activated faucet, similar to many other voice-controlled features you’re probably familiar within your home on your mobile phone. With this device, you can place a pot under the faucet and go tend to other items on the stove, while telling the faucet to dispense a quart or a gallon of water on its own. You don’t waste water from an overflow or have to dump the pot and start over if you lose track. This also helps when you’re washing dishes by hand since you can easily turn the rinse water on and off again as needed without putting down the items you’re washing.
Wasting Water Waiting for Hot Water to Come Up the Line
For showers, hand washing, and other activities in your kitchen and bathroom, you wait for hot water to arrive from your water heater, flowing up a long series of pipes along the way. All that cold water is wasted, and like many other water-related activities that you repeat fairly often, this loss can add up. Having our plumber install a small tankless water heater in your kitchen or bathroom provides instant hot water without waiting. If you set your water heater at the recommended 120 degrees F, it also allows you to select a higher temperature for specific use in the kitchen, master bedroom, or another area. The lower temperature for household use is based on energy conservation, a temperature sufficient for most hygiene, and protection of those like children and the elderly who might get accidentally scalded by higher temperatures. In the kitchen, higher temperatures can be beneficial for washing dishes, and in the master bathroom, a hotter shower might be just what you need. Our plumber can help with these convenient features.
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