Handy Tips for Saving Money on your Water Bill

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You may be using more water than you thought, here’s some handy tips for saving money on your water bill. Inspect your last few water bills. Did you know that the average family of four uses anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 gallons of water per month? Your lifestyle typically dictates the amount of water used. A running toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month while a simple toilet flush could use up to 10 gallons of water each time! There are all sorts of water hogs in the home (including you) that could be raising that water and sewage utility bill through the roof! By following a few water conservation tips, you could enjoy a much lower bill. Consider these handy tips:

  1. Replace all the dripping faucets in your home as you could be wasting 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of water a year by allowing those slow drips to continue. Sometimes all it takes is replacing the rubber gaskets into the faucet handle.

  2. Consider installing aerators that allow for flow restriction to reduce the output of water.

  3. Do not operate your dishwasher or washing machine with anything less than full capacity. You are wasting water running them only half full.

  4. Check for toilet tank leaks and replace sticky flushing handles that allow the water to run in the bowl. To test for leaks, put some food coloring in the tank. If you notice any color in the bowl within 20 minutes, you know there is a leak somewhere.

  5. The inner parts of the toilet tank may become corroded or require replacing as they wear out. Parts are quite inexpensive and easy to replace on your own. You should make it a habit to replace them every few years.

  6. Consider installing a low flow shower head as this can save you some gallons of water each month. Or, you can take shorter showers.

  7. Conserve your water by recycling it. If you take a shower, bring a bucket into the shower with you to capture the excess and then use it to water flowers, mopping floors or any other applicable chore around your home. The same principle applies for leftover water from boiling pasta or washing dishes.

  8. Because taking baths uses up to 10 or 20 gallons more water than showers, consider reducing your bathtub trips and shower instead.

  9. Install rain barrels outdoors to capture rainwater and use it to water the garden, flower beds or container plants. This will reduce the need to use the garden hose and thereby reduce your water bill.

  If you incorporate many water saving techniques and still feel you should have a lower water bill, consider contacting your city or municipality that handles water and sewage maintenance. Some city departments offer inspections of the home for free or at a nominal fee where a worker comes out to identify the sources of possible leaks that could be driving your water bill up. By doing what you can to reduce water consumption, you are helping save the environment.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

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Save a Fortune with These Plumbing Tips

Written by J & L Plumbing on . Posted in clogged drains Virginia, plumbing Fairfax, plumbing Montgomery, plumbing repairs Virginia, plumbing tips, save money, water bill VA

The subject of plumbing is an interesting one! As you are undoubtedly aware, a wide variety of plumbing tips, tools and techniques exist. Plumbing can also be a wonderful vehicle for home improvement when you find what works for you. Use the advice from this article to get some ideas.

  Pump your septic tank every five years to keep it working well. Regular maintenance will keep sediment from backing up inside of the tank. Sediment can not only cause the sewage in the tank to back up into your house, but it can cause the tank to fail completely. Although it is somewhat of an expense to pump out a septic tank, it is nothing compared to what you will have to spend on cleaning up a backup of sewage or repairing or replacing your septic system.

  Never try to fix a garbage disposal by putting your hand down into it. Your garbage disposal is a dangerous device, even when turned off. Locate a diagram of the garbage disposal, or some sort of troubleshooter, online.

  Give all drains strainers to gather particulate matter that can clog pipes. Every time you have large particles in the strainer of the kitchen sink, it should be cleaned thoroughly. Kitchen filters should be changed often, while bathtub filters can be changed as needed.

  Don’t pour cooking grease, leftover frying fat or any oils down your sink drain. When they cool off, they become hard and will clog your pipes. Especially if you operate a garbage disposal, the fat causes blades to be less efficient. Be sure to get rid of oil products away from your sink.

  Have all your plumbing needs scheduled all at once. This allows you to save up for necessary parts and equipment while saving money on hiring a professional. It is a lot more cost effective as you will only be paying for one call-out fee instead of multiple trips.

  Regularly check your overflow holes to make sure they’re not clogged. The overflow holes help prevent a sink from spilling. When blocked, they don’t work properly and the water can spill out onto the floor. When you do periodic checks for any other problems or repairs that are needed, take the time to clear the holes that are there to protect you from overflow.

  By installing water-conserving shower heads in your bathrooms, you can save money on your monthly water bill. Most of our hot water is used in the shower. When you install an energy-efficient shower head, you will reduce your home’s water consumption, which means money left in your pocket.

  Applying prevention measures is key to preventing plumbing issues. Clogged drains are one of the more common issues when it comes to plumbing problems. Clogs in drains are often caused by buildups of hair. To keep hair out of your plumbing, use a screen or cover for your drains that allows water through but keeps hair out. Cleaning a screen is is a lot easier than cleaning out your pipe.

  With plumbing, there are various techniques you can use to improve and repair your system. There are ideas and options for all homes in the body of knowledge surrounding plumbing, but something that proves a good idea for one home might lead to disaster in another. These tips should help you begin with your own system.

   Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

 
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Helpful Tips to Save Money on Your Water Bill

Written by J & L Plumbing on . Posted in plumbing Alexandria, plumbing Arlington, plumbing Fairfax, plumbing Montgomery, save money, water bill VA

Let’s face it: financial times are tight for most people these days, and we could all use a little help when it comes to save money on our water bill.  Fortunately, there are some very simple things you can do to conserve on your water usage and save extra money each month.  Here are some helpful tips to save money on your water bill:

  Your shower head.  Did you know that your shower head may be using as much as five and a half gallons of water per minute?  By switching to a low-flow shower head, you can conserve up to three gallons of water per minute.  That’s a considerable savings.  Low-flow shower heads are relatively inexpensive, and super easy to install, so you simply cannot afford to not make the switch now.

  Displace the water in your toilet chamber.  Your toilet really doesn’t need to use all of the water it does to flush and then refill.  Lift the cover of the toilet chamber and place a brick or large rock in there to displace the water so that you use less with each flush.

  Turn off the water when you are not using it.  This may seem like common sense, but the truth is that there may be times you are unnecessarily using water that you are not even aware of.  For example, if you are brushing your teeth or washing your hair, you really only need to be running clean water when you rinse.

  Leaky faucets.  That small drip may not seem like a lot, but it can add up a lot over time and cost you a considerable amount on your water bill.  If you need some convincing of how much water you can waste with a single leaky faucet, place a bucket under the faucet overnight and see what you are left with.

  Choose showers over baths.  The average bath time takes a total of thirty-five gallons of water. Compare this to the standard fifteen to twenty-five gallons of water for a quick shower, and it is easy to see why you should skip the bath in favor of the shower.

  Your home’s plumbing is a major investment, and one that you will need to last for many years to come.  Don’t take any chances with faulty plumbing materials or installation.  Put all of your plumbing needs in the hands of competent, trustworthy professionals like us.

  Call J&L Plumbing 4 U today to assist with all your plumbing needs. In Virginia: (571) 641-9653 In Maryland: (301) 204- 2555  In the DC area (301) 204-2555.

 
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