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Plumbing Tips: A 2020 Edition

Most people would agree that the Roaring 20s was a decade to remember. With economic prosperity, the growth of flappers, and new kinds of music, the 20s were a transformational ten years that paved the path for many other changes in US history. So what will the new 20s decade bring in the 21st century?

The turn of the decade is an exciting time and is a chance for many people to start fresh as they look forward to the future. Plumbing professionals wish for the new year to be a learning opportunity for homeowners. To get homeowners started in learning more about their house from the inside out, here are three tips about plumbing.

Check for Leaks to Save Water

saving waterIt seems that there are countless types of leaks that a home can have: leaking tub, leaking shower, leaking sink, leaking toilet, leaking pipes, etc. And of course, each of these leaks comes at a high cost. Not just the cost of repairing the leak, but the cost of the wasted water that seeps out of the leaking pipe or fixture.

This year, make it a resolution to prevent and resolve any water leaks in the home. This starts with knowing the common signs of a leak. High water bills are one of the most common signs that the home’s pipes or fixtures are leaking.

Actively monitor the water bill month over month to notice any abnormalities. Mold spots are another common sign and can be more dangerous. Mold spots tend to grow rapidly can cause serious health problems, especially for those with allergies or asthma.

Finally, pay attention to any musty smells as this is often a sign of mold and water leaks. By resolving water leaks, and taking care of the entire plumbing system in the house, homeowners can cut down on water usage and save money on their water bills too!

Switch to Eco-Friendly Pipe Materials

Most products that exist today have some sort of eco-friendly version. Rather than paper plates, there are compostable plates. Rather than using new plastic for a phone case, there are phone cases made only from recycled plastic. It’s safe to say that “green” products are here to stay, and the same goes for the plumbing materials in a house.

eco-friendly pipe

Some are more eco-friendly than others. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the most common material for constructing water pipes. These hard, thick plastics are difficult and expensive to recycle, so they often end up in overflowing landfills. The next most common piping materials are iron and copper.

Though these products are easier to recycle than PVC plastic, they take more energy to create making them wasteful. That’s why polyethylene and polypropylene water pipes are growing in popularity. These plastics, unlike PVC, can be easily recycled and, unlike iron and copper, are more energy-efficient to create, so they are an eco-friendly piping option for homeowners.

Change Water Filters Regularly

water filtersMaintaining and regularly changing out water filters is another tip from plumbing professionals, as it can improve the entire plumbing system.

Water filters keep the water free of particles that can cause wear and tear on water pipes or corrosion, both of which can lead to cracked and leaking pipes.

The frequency of changing water filters depends on several factors such as the amount of water being consumed or the hardness of the water. However, a basic rule of thumb is to change the water filter for every 40 gallons of water used, or about every 2 months.

About C&D Plumbing Inc.

C&D Plumbing Inc. is a family-owned and operated plumbing company dedicated to serving the local community. For the last decade, they have been providing customers with industry-leading care and quality. No matter what plumbing issue their customers may face, their plumbing professionals will be able to solve it in a timely and expert fashion.