There are so many things that homeowners like us must keep in mind when talking about our home’s plumbing system. First of all, understanding what plumbing really is is the very first step toward effective plumbing maintenance. We homeowners must not forget that plumbing has always been an inevitable part of homeownership. Thus, if it is our desire to keep our home in tiptop shape, then we need to be aware of all important things related to the household and that includes plumbing.
Why is Plumbing Know-How Necessary?
According to Plumbing Dudes (2021), one of the most crucial responsibilities of a homeowner is to always keep the plumbing at home in check. Yet, many homeowners often overlook this essential task.
We have to bear in mind that every now and then any household or building will encounter plumbing issues or fixture malfunctions. The most common ones are leaks and clogs, which can happen if we lose sight of the dos and don’ts of plumbing. Whether the problem is a minor or a serious one, a homeowner needs to be aware of what has to be done and take action right away. Otherwise, those little leaks or minor backups will sooner or later turn into a major disaster, causing irreparable damage to your property. Sometimes, we homeowners neglect certain situations regarding our plumbing system because we have no idea what we are dealing with in the first place.
We must not take plumbing for granted. Although we can always call a plumbing expert for help, let us make it a habit to learn more about plumbing so we can ensure that our daily activities and routine at home remain smooth-sailing.
What Must Homeowners Know About Plumbing?
There are so many interesting facts about plumbing that every homeowner must be aware of. However, the most important things that we should keep in mind are those that would truly help us protect the good condition of our home and save everyone in the household from the hassle and stress caused by plumbing mishaps. Here are facts we must know about plumbing:
1. A leaky faucet can cost you big time in water wastage.
Not many people will take the time to calculate how much water is wasted when we don’t pay much attention to minor issues like a leaky faucet. By applying simple math, Connolly (2018) claimed that as much as 3,000 gallons of water are wasted every year due to a leaky faucet that drips water once per second. That’s about over 200 gallons of water a month which is more or less 8 gallons a day. Thus, we should fix small leaks immediately before they affect other fixtures at home and lessen unnecessary increases in our water bills.
2. Use low-flush toilets and conserve water.
The plumbing industry has continually evolved over the years and more water-saving plumbing technologies have been introduced to the market to make people’s lives easier and more convenient than ever before. Among these cost-effective innovations are the low-flush toilets. According to Plumbing Dynamics, a low-flush toilet helps people save up to 18,000 gallons of water per year. If you install this fixture at home, imagine how much difference it will make as far as your water bill is concerned.
Another water-saving technology that is now taking the market by storm is the so-called dual-flush toilet. WQP Mag promotes dual-flush technology as the most efficient solution to easing down water expenses and conserving water.
3. Use a different plunger for the sink or drain.
It’s Interesting, or even funny, to think about it but not all homeowners are aware of the difference. Plungers actually differ in terms of types and usage. To be precise, a toilet plunger, which is obviously for unclogging toilets, is not the same as a sink plunger, which is to be used for unclogging drains/sinks. In terms of appearance, a sunk plunger is plain flat–like the ones we commonly see–while a toilet plunger is narrow at the base part so that it can fit into the toilet.
On the other hand, when we talk about hygiene, it is very best to separate the 2 plungers aside from their differences in their functions. The toilet plunger is used to deal with human waste that can contain a lot of bacteria or parasites which can contaminate if you borrow it to use your sinks and drains. If you used to do it, think twice.
4. An average household can waste 9,000 gallons of water in a year just from waiting for the water to turn hot.
Depending on the distance, length, and size of our pipes, the flow rate of our water, as well as other factors affecting the delay in hot water, it will take several minutes or even longer for the water to warm up. While waiting (for like forever) for the water heater to work its magic, we run our faucet and waste water in the process. In our attempt to heat up our shower experience, an average of 9,000 gallons of water per year is being wasted. On the other hand, we are also throwing money down the drain up to 15% from the heating cost (energy cost) to our expenses.
5. Insulating your pipes warms up your water faster.
In relation to number 4, we homeowners need to give our pipes proper insulation not only to prevent them from being frozen but also to reduce the time we spend waiting for hot water to come out of our shower or faucet. What does pipe insulation have to do with the water heating system? According to Oliver Heating & Cooling, heat is retained or trapped in the pipes if pipes are properly insulated; thus, the water that travels from the water heater to the faucets will not lose heat along the way. So, your water will warm up faster and you can lessen the amount of water you waste while waiting for the water to heat.
Don’t Take Your Plumbing for Granted!
Running a household or being a homeowner is not an easy task. Utility costs like our plumbing expenses can give us a real headache especially if we neglect to maintain or prevent their damages from time to time.
Were you able to get a good deal of information from this article? Watch out for the continuation of this blog as we go on and discuss with you the remaining five more essential plumbing facts that homeowners from then on up to this year 2022 should know.
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