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Common Plumbing Mistakes: Are You Wasting Water?

white-pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-leakWasted water—it’s not something many homeowners give a lot of thought to. But what if we told you that you may be spending considerably more than you should have to on your utility bills because of that wasted water? Then would you want to change your water use habits?

The good news is, you probably don’t need to change your day-to-day habits much to make a significant difference. The even better news is that we have some solutions available for you that are guaranteed to help in this water-saving and subsequently money-saving endeavor.

Not Scheduling Routine Plumbing Maintenance

Did you know that scheduling routine plumbing maintenance (we recommend once a year) can increase the lifespan of your entire plumbing system? This is particularly true if you have older pipes that need replacing, as maintenance will allow our plumbers to determine what state they’re in.

Corrosion and rust can cause sudden leaks and other plumbing problems—these problems can go on for quite a while without being noticed otherwise, since the majority of your plumbing system is hiding behind walls and beneath the foundation of your home.

Maintenance helps us find problems, as stated, which also means fewer surprise repairs for you. Plus, if we discover any blockages building up we can get those cleared up to reduce the risk of further corrosion and to improve the water pressure throughout your pipes.

Neglecting a Leak for Too Long

Let’s face it, some leaks are easier to ignore than others. For instance, you wouldn’t neglect a burst pipe that was gushing water onto your kitchen floor, but you might just close the door of your bathroom if you heard your bathroom sink going drip-drip-drip, and make it “tomorrow’s problem.”

Unfortunately, even the smallest leak can lead to gallons of wasted water. This isn’t great for the environment nor is it great for your wallet. Another thing to note, is that small leaks are often an indication or a starting point for much larger problems down the line. So getting them repaired right away is really in your best interest and the best interest of your plumbing system as a whole.

Keeping Outdated Plumbing in Your Home

Have you heard of low flow plumbing fixtures? Even if you haven’t heard of them, you might have seen them and not even have known it. There are a number of homes and businesses throughout our area now—especially low flow toilets.

They’re called “low flow” because they don’t use as much water as their traditional counterparts to do their job. When it comes to purchasing these low flow plumbing fixtures, it can be more of an investment than a traditional model, but the water and subsequent money you’ll save in the long run can be well worth it. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, A Corp. has been serving the heating and cooling needs for residents in the greater Northern New Jersey area for over a century. Contact us when you need a trustworthy plumber in Chatham, NJ.

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