Save Money! Tips on How to Avoid Hiring a Plumber
Here’s some plumbing tips on how to save money on plumbing. Have we gone mad? Not at all. We just think there are times you really need us, and times you don’t.
No doubt about it…
The best plumbing tip is to minimize the need in the first place.
And a good place to start is with plumbing tips for your drains. Many homes, for example, have one or two problem drains and several that never need attention at all.
Whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom, or basement, problem drains are often the result of an excess buildup of grease and organic matter. So the idea is to prevent its growth before you require professional assistance. There are a few ways you can do that:
- Before grease solidifies, pour it into an old coffee can instead of pouring it down the drain, and then throw it out with your regular trash;
- When you rinse plates off, wash them off cold water, even though most people are inclined to use hot water. Hot water carries the grease down the drain to clog up later;
- Use an enzymatic buildup remover, such as BioClean, on all of your drains periodically as a preventive measure. Safe for you, the environment, and best of all, your pipes!
- Fill your sinks full to the top then let them drain. The amount of water can flush out loose food and debris that can eventually lead to a clog or backup in the drain.
- For bathroom sinks, consider installing a screen or drain cover to prevent hair from clogging the drain.
- To prevent frozen pipes and water lines, first make sure that all your pipes are in heated spaces. If any are not, they need to be well insulated.
- Each fall, when the weather turns colder, disconnect and drain your garden hoses, turn off the indoor emergency shut-off valve located near the faucet if present, and open the outdoor faucet. If there is no cut-off valve, consider installing one. Any water left in water lines exposed to below-zero temperatures will freeze.
You can also save money on plumbing indirectly by replacing toilets, showerheads, bathroom and kitchen faucets with new water-saving faucets and fixtures. Also installing a tankless water heater can greatly reduce your natural gas bill. An Easywater, no-salt, water conditioner or a salt based water softener can greatly extend the life of your faucets, fixtures, gas or electric water heater, and appliances such as a dishwasher, garbage disposal, washing machine, icemaker, etc.
Of course, sooner or later, everyone needs a plumber…and we’re grateful each time you call on the professionals at Pat Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. But even then you can save money by making a checklist of everything you want addressed. By combining all of your needed plumbing repairs into the same visit vs. calling us back for one service at a time – you’ll definitely realize some significant savings.
From all of us here at Pat Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ll see you next time.
Pat Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Topeka