by Duane Blanton on January 18, 2018 - Plumbing

Your Comprehensive Guide to Saving Money on Your Water Bill

Save Money

As the cost of living creeps up in Round Lake, IL, it is important for homeowners to always have a plan as to how they can cut back on expenses. The natural place to start is with preventative maintenance and with electricity, heat and water use.

In particular, if you are smart about your water consumption at home, you can reduce your bills substantially and keep them that way. Here is a quick guide on some of your best strategies to make those savings happen.

Favor a Shower Over a Bath

ShowerThe EPA says that it requires 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub. This is substantially more than it takes to have a 5-minute shower, which uses only between 10-25 minute gallons. That difference works out to more dollars in your wallet.

You need to take care to keep your showers short. 5 minutes is ideal. At the absolute maximum, don’t let your showers run over 10 minutes, or you’ll watch your savings go down the drain.

Check for Leaks

Water LeakThe average household wastes about 10,000 gallons a year because of plumbing leaks. A dripping faucet may not look like a big deal, but it will waste on average about 5 gallons a day. Wouldn’t you rather get it fixed and pocket the savings?

Adopt a monthly habit of inspecting all of your plumbing for leaks. Don’t forget the basement and outside. Look under cabinets, along walls and behind your washing machine and fridge.

Use Greywater to Maintain Your Plants

Water PlantsThere is no need to turn the tap on or run the hose to keep your garden and plants lush and lovely. Instead, source water that you’ve already used. Greywater water that you’ve used for cooking or cleaning is ok to use on your plants.

To make it better for your plants, use cleaning products that are eco-friendly. Don’t apply it directly on the plants, but moisten the soil. Don’t store it for too long or it could get rancid.

If you are really committed, you can even configure your plumbing so that greywater is harvested from your sinks and laundry.

Visit the Carwash Regularly

Car WashJust because you take pride in a clean car doesn’t mean that you need to have a huge water bill. Instead of washing your car at home and wasting all that water, take it to your neighborhood carwash, which is way more cost effective.

There are ample ways to save water and save money at home. You just need to know where to look.

by Duane Blanton on December 18, 2017 - Drain Cleaning

Clogged Drains are so 2017. Enter the New Year With Clean Pipes

New Pipes

Are you so over dealing with the headache of clogged drains? Make that inconvenience a thing of the past by scheduling a drain cleaning as soon as you can. Not only will a professional drain cleaning help keep clogs at bay, but there are also financial benefits for homeowners.

The most compelling reason to leave clogged drains in the past? Because you can! All you have to do is get a professional drain cleaning.

Clean Your House Fully

Clean WaterIf you spend your Saturdays in Round Lake, IL scrubbing your house until it shines, you’ll be disappointed to learn that a dirty drain keeps your home from being truly clean.

You work to clean up messes and eliminate bacteria and germs, but a dirty drain introduces all that right back into the environment.

Standing water in a clogged drain breeds bacteria, mold, and mildew, which is gross and harmful to your healtEven worse is that smell that comes forth from clogged drains. You don’t want that floating through your clean home. You can clean your home properly with a drain cleaning.

Reduce Noise

Unwanted NoiseIf you are experiencing strange noises coming from your pipes, there can be a host of reasons; if it is squeaking or cracking noise specifically, it is probably from residue in the pipe.

With residue making the passageway smaller in the pipes, water forcing its way through will make a cracking or a squeaking noise.

If you’ve got hot water running, expect the noise to get worse because heat expands the water, making the passage smaller.

Clog Prevention

Clogged PipeOne of the best benefits of drain cleaning is how it keeps the headaches of clogs at bay.

The residue that will naturally fall into your drains over time doesn’t have time to accumulate, causing nasty clogs.

A side note- it is much less work to prevent a clog with drain cleaning than it is to try to remove it after it is formed.

Save Money Too

Save MoneyCommercial drain cleaners are a quick fix, but they are damaging to your pipes. They cause corrosion, which will cause pipes to decay.

You’ll have to shell out for repairs and eventually you’ll even need to replace all or part of your plumbing. That’s expensive. Also, this corrosion will cause damage to the pipe that will cause plumbing leaks.

Plumbing leaks, of course, will make your water bills go up. Save money with a thorough drain cleaning. In 2018, don’t forget to clean your pipes with a professional drain cleaning, so that your home can be clean inside and out.

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