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Conserving Water is Good for the Environment and your Wallets!

Water in the Kitchen:

-Use the dishwasher:
This cuts out unnecessary washes in between.

-Washing dishes by hand not only takes more effort, it takes more water!

Just be sure to wait until you have a full load to start the cycle.

-Don’t overuse the garbage disposal:
The disposal can be a great tool for certain smelly items you want to get rid of immediately, but it requires water to work. If it can go in the trash or compost, put it there and save the water

-When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing:
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.

Water in the Bathroom:

-More showers fewer baths:
Filling the bathtub usually requires about 30 gallons of water, compared to about 25 gallons for a ten-minute shower with a standard shower head. If you’re using a low-flow shower head, a ten-minute shower will use closer to 20 gallons.

-But take shorter showers:
Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.

-Turn off tap while brushing teeth:
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing. It will also save 6 litres of water per minute!

Fix your leaks:
Also check out our blog over detecting water leaks! http://stevensonplumbinginc.com/water-leak-detection-tips/

To conserve money and also money call Stevenson Plumbing for a consult on any water need!

If you suspect a water leak in your home, read these tips on what to do next!

A Water Meter- the fastest and easiest way to determine if you have a water leak in your home. First things first, turn off all the water in your home. Make sure your dishwasher, your washing machine, ice maker and refrigerator are also turned off. Check your meter, then wait approximately an hour and see if your meter has changed. If it has, then there is a water leak in your home somewhere.

Leaks will increase your water bill and also cause severe damage to your home. Sometimes leaks can occur without the homeowner being aware of it.

Find the Source of the Leak.

Sometimes you will know as soon as the leak happens because of its location. If water is pouring from the ceiling and there is a bathroom above it then it’s an easy find! If its not that easy to detect then check your toilet tank, as this is quite often the location of leaks due to the amount of moving parts required to keep it working. To test for leaks in your toilet tank, add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the color shows up in your bowl, then you have a leak allowing water to flow from the tank to your drain without ever flushing the bowl. If it is not the toilet then check your pipes under sinks. Sometimes they might be a quick fix.

IF you still cannot figure it out where the leak is then call your plumber ASAP!

Underground Leak

Look and feel for portions of your property that are always wet. Look at your driveway and curb for evidence of water flow. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see all connections are tight. Consider calling a professional once a year to check your irrigation system if you have one. A system with even a small leak could be wasting 6,300 gallons of water per month.

Hiring A Professional

It is an extremely good idea to hire the services of a professional if you’re unsure about any of this. A bit of DIY is by no means a bad thing on some occasions, plumbing is a serious business, and as such any serious issues can end up costing thousands to fix. If you don’t feel confident in dealing with plumbing, then let a professional plumber take care of it all. Getting things wrong could end up costing you far more money than it actually needs to, especially if you make the problem worse!

Make Sure Your House Is Insured

Always ensure that you have good house insurance cover just in case a water leak causes a ceiling to come down damaging contents in the room below.

The best part of your kitchen- the garbage disposal. This appliance makes kitchen chores that much easier. A garbage disposal can easily be clogged or break down. Make sure you are doing your best to keep your disposal running properly. Check out Stevenson Plumbing’s Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to garbage disposals!

Don’ts

  • Don’t turn off the motor or water until grinding is completed. When grinding is complete, turn off the garbage disposal first. Let water continue to run for at least 15 seconds, flushing out any remaining particles. Then turn off water.
  • Don’t put expandable foods into your garbage disposal. Foods like pasta and rice expand when you add water in a pot; they do the same thing once inside your pipes or garbage disposal and are the cause of many jams and clogs.
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals like bleach or drain cleaners.
  • Don’t pour grease, oil or fat into your garbage disposal or drain. Grease will slowly accumulate and impede your garbage disposal’s grinding ability as well as clog drains.
  • Don’t use hot water when grinding food waste. Hot water will cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing drains to clog.

Do’s

  • Do grind certain hard materials such as small chicken and fish bones, egg shells, small fruit pits, etc. A scouring action is created by these particles inside the grind chamber that cleans the garbage disposal’s walls.
  • Do cut large items into smaller pieces. Put them into the garbage disposal one at a time instead of trying to shove a large amount in at once.
  • Do grind food waste w/ a strong flow of cold water. Why cold water? It will cause any grease or oils that may get into the unit to solidify, so that they can be chopped up before reaching the trap.
  • Do grind lemon peels, this will help make the drain smell cleaner.

Call Stevenson Plumbing with any concerns!

 

Five signs that you should call a Stevenson Plumbing immediately.
1. If You Start to Smell Something Obscene: The smell could come from hidden water leaks that are causing mold. Or coming from a clogged drain, which can build up residue and cause a horrible smell throughout your home.

2. If Your Faucet Won’t Stop Dripping:
Don’t wait to get your sink or shower fixed if it is dripping water! Not only will it increase your water bill but it is also extremely wasteful. A leak also is a sign of a plumbing problem that you cannot see. It is usually a quick fix so call your plumber as soon as it starts happening!

3. You Have No Hot Water:
This happens after the hot water has been on for an extended time. But if it is happening at random times then there could be an issue. It’s not okay if it takes a few hours for the water to heat up, if this continues to happen it might be time to call a plumber.
Your water heater might just not be big enough, or a pilot light, a plumber will help you figure out a solution. If your water heater is sweating, that means there is a leak. This would require repairing or replacing your water heater.

4. If You Have No Water:
This is a sign for a disaster! If you are not getting anything more than a drip call your plumber immediately. Either your water was turned off or your water is going somewhere else, which could cause problems with the foundation of your house or be damaging your home!

5. A Plunger Won’t Unclog Your Toilet:
Don’t keep plunging if it nothing comes up after a couple tries, call a plumber. The problem could be coming from your sewage line which is a problem that would need to be addressed immediately.
If you are in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area call Stevenson Plumbing for all your immediate plumbing needs. We offer 24-hour emergency support – call 918-943-3200

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