2017 is in full swing! That means breaking old habits, creating new traditions, and making a few resolutions. So, why not apply those revamped philosophies to your plumbing, too?
This is the perfect time to make some plumbing resolutions, keeping the pipes clear, flowing and in good shape. Here are a few plumbing resolutions you can make for smoother plumbing in your home or business.
When it comes to your plumbing, most people don’t even think about it until there is a problem. In most cases, plumbing leaks in Jacksonville FL are noticeable before they cause extensive damage by leaving water stains, soft spots, and a musty odor behind. But what if the leak happens in your concrete slab foundation?
Bill Fenwick Plumbing is a business in the service industry that has been serving the needs of business owners and homeowners across Northeast Florida since 1969. Like most home experts, our clients are the most important part of our business. Making sure that our clients are always happy is our top priority and has enables our company to remain in business nearly fifty years!
Now, more than ever, in the digitally connected world in which we live, it is important that our company always takes all of our customers' needs into consideration. Unfortunately, from time to time, we do encounter a customer who just is not completely satisfied with our service, no matter how well we perform.
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Since we use water everyday, it's very important to understand a little more about all the pipes in our homes that carry the water we need for drinking, bathing, and more. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about plumbing that can cause unnecessary damage. Let’s discuss the most common plumbing myths and dispel them.
Reduce your household water usage and you’ll save money on your utility bills, reduce water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers, and extend the life of your septic tank. You can cut your water usage by 25 percent by doing a few things a bit differently with your home appliances that use water.
Toilets use a lot of water, up to 27 percent of a household water usage. Here’s how you can reduce that number:
- Check for leaks. A leak can cause the loss of more than 100 gallons of water per day. Water rippling in your toilet bowl is a sure sign of a leak. Put a few drops of food coloring in your tank and if the dye appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, there’s a leak.
- Don’t use the toilet as a trash can. Every flush uses up several gallons of water.
- Reduce the amount of water in your toilet tank. Put in a bottle of water, away from anymoving mechanisms, to take up some space in the tank.
- Replace your toilet with an energyefficient one.This can reduce the amount of waterused significantly, going from five to seven gallons to only 1.6 gallons per flush.
You probably already know that shorter showers are better and that a shower uses less water than a bath. Here’s what else you can do to save water in the shower:
- Install a new shower head or a flow restrictor. These can reduce your shower flow from five to ten gallons per minute to only three gallons per minute.
- Get a tankless water heaterto heat up your water faster so you don’t have to run the shower for a few minutes to get it warm.
Kitchen and Bathroom FaucetsFaucets in the kitchen and bathroom are used multiple times daily, making them sources of potential water waste. Cut down on water usage by trying these simple tips:
- Don’t let the water run. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your dishes, or rinsing your vegetables, turn off the faucet and fill up a bowl, sink, or a cup with water for rinsing.
- Check your pipes and faucets for leaks. If you notice small drips from your faucets, that’s a leak that needs to be fixed. Another way to check is to look at your water meter. Turn off all your faucets and water appliances and check the meter. Wait an hour without using any water and then check again. If there’s been a change, you have a leak somewhere.
- Replace your faucet with high efficiency faucets or install a faucet aerator on every faucet.
Using the dishwasher instead of washing your dishes will save water, but here’s how you can conserve even more water:
- Run the dishwasher with a full load. Half loads uses up the same amount of water for less dishes, wasting water and energy.
- Don’t rinse plates before putting them into the dishwasher. Just remove large food pieces. Your dirty dishes will come out clean without any added rinsing.
Independence Day celebrations are full of food, fireworks and water play. The last thing you need during all the festivities is a plumbing problem. By following the plumbing tips below, you can easily prevent adding an extra visitor to your home during your celebration.
It’s time for barbecues, running through the sprinkler, and lots of sunshine! It’s also time for plumbing problems that crop up during the warmer months.
When it’s time to freshen up your personal space, you have many decisions to make – which rooms to renovate, how much of a budget do you have, and what will add value to your home. If deciding to remodel your bathroom, you need to make sure it is both functional and energy efficient, and it takes advantage of modern trends and technology. To master your remodeling and make for a stress free experience, keep these points in mind: