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New Year New Plumbing Tips To Save You Money & Stress

It’s that time of the year again! Time to reflect on all the things learned over the past year and all the new things to come. Home plumbing maintenance is something that always lurks in the back of every homeowner’s mind, but have no fear!

There are plumbing professionals who have your back and want to make sure you’re at the top of your plumbing game this upcoming year. Luckily there are preventative measures every homeowner can take to avoid unwanted new year plumbing surprises.

Save Money While Saving Water

saving waterEnsuring your home’s plumbing system is functioning at peak performance can not only help with saving water, but it can also help your wallet. Taking care of a running toilet or water leak can make a big difference in your water bill each month.

While a barely-noticeable drip may only add $20 per year onto your water bill, something like fixing a leaky faucet can save you as much as $200 per year on your water bill. Something bigger, like an unaddressed running toilet, can cost upwards of $2500 per year!

Now that’s nothing to scoff at. Having a professional inspect your plumbing system will ensure you’re saving water, leaving you with smaller water bills, which helps both your bank account and the environment.

Keep Your Conscience Clear With Eco-Friendly Pipe Materials

If reducing your carbon footprint is at the top of your resolution list this year, there are several eco-friendly pipe materials to choose from. PVC is the most widely used pipe material, but they are petroleum-based and pile up sky-high in landfills when they’re no longer being used. Environmental groups are widely against PVC pipes due to the toxic chemicals released all the way from manufacturing through disposal.

Although some PVC can be recycled, it takes a tremendous amount of energy to complete the process, all while releasing more toxins into the environment. So what are the best eco-friendly pipe materials, you ask? There are a few different options that are easily accessible for use in your home. Polyethylene and polypropylene (PEX) pipes are said to be less toxic than PVC, however, they are not recyclable. These options are both plastics, but far less toxic while still having a long lifespan.

eco friendly pipe materials

While iron and copper pipes are recyclable, they require a lot of energy to melt down. The good thing about metal pipes is that they can be recycled, which means they aren't contributing to landfills. While they can leach toxic chemicals, some manufacturers line the interior of metal pipes with coatings that prevent corrosion and can add to the overall lifespan of the pipes by up to 50 years. According to Greenpeace International, any of these are more eco-friendly options than the highly toxic PVC pipes.

Avoid Corrosion By Installing Water Filters

water filtersAnother way to care for your plumbing system is by having and maintaining water filters, this is basic plumbing knowledge! Even though most water in the US is safe to drink, water filters can remove hard minerals, heavy metals, and chemicals from your water that will prevent buildup that causes corrosion in your pipes and appliances.

Not only will your drinking water taste better and have fewer contaminants, but it will cut the cost of your plumbing and maintenance bills down too.

Additionally, because you’ll likely be using your home as your water supply, that’s fewer bottles in landfills along with lower costs from purchasing water every week.

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