Eco-friendly home features are good for the environment, good for your wallet and good for your community. So, how can you make your home’s plumbing system greener? We have a few ideas! By improving the way you manage and prevent clogs and by purchasing more environmentally-friendly plumbing fixtures, you can do your part for the planet while also improving the quality of life at home.
Prevent Clogs with Natural Household Products
Start by being conscious of what’s going down your drain. Use strainers in the kitchen to keep out large, fibrous food items that might create a clog. Similarly, thin strainers or nets in the tub are perfect for keeping hair from blocking water draining properly. If you do find yourself in a bind with a clogged pipe, one natural household item that can alleviate small blockages is found in most home’s pantries: vinegar. Vinegar is an acidic and natural cleaning agent that you can use from time to time. However, if you have large or reoccurring clogs, then it’s time to contact a professional.
Eliminate Clogs with a Plumber’s Auger
When pipes do become clogged, many people resort to store-bought drain cleaning chemicals to get the water flowing once again. However, these chemicals are bad for the environment and bad for pipes. To eliminate clogs the environmentally-friendly way, use a plumber’s auger.
Simply insert the tip of the auger into the drain, rotate the auger using the crank, then push the auger farther into the drain. Keep repeating this process until the auger pierces through the clog. Retract the auger when you’re done.
Save Water and Energy With a Combi Boiler
A combi boiler is a fixture that replaces your hot water heater and boiler. With one appliance, you can heat your home and keep hot water running through your pipes at the same time.
How does it work?
The combi boiler heats water for your plumbing and heating system. The pipes from both systems enter the combi boiler and are heated when they pass by the burner. Water then proceeds to different locations throughout the house, either to the baseboards or to the hot water spigots in your home. The heat exchanger stores unused energy from your hot water pipes and then transfers that leftover heat to the pipes that heat the rest of your home.
Why is this eco-friendly?
Combi boilers are energy efficient. Instead of heating an entire tank of water at a time, you are heating the water as you need it. Also, households that use a combi boiler only need one fixture to do the job of two appliances! Talk to us about combi boilers to learn more about installing one in your home.
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