Have you ever considered how much it costs to flush your toilet? They account for almost 30% of water used in the home, making them a significant factor in your water bill. Furthermore, that’s a lot of treated water being flushed down the drain (literally) and this waste can have a long reaching environmental impact. Here is some useful information about water efficient toilets to help you save water and save money!
Old toilets often require more than 3 gallons of water per flush. In 1995 things improved significantly when 1.6 gallons per flush became the federal standard. These days, there are high efficiency toilet (HET) models that use 1.28 gallons or less. Some HET models incorporate duel flush capabilities that allow you to use a full flush or a half flush depending on need. Overall, switching from an old toilet to a water efficient model can reduce your household water usage by 20-60%! As you might imagine, this can save you a pretty penny when it comes to your water bill.
Purchasing and installing a new toilet can be a sizable investment, depending on the style, but they pay for themselves over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, installing a HET model that uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less can save the average family nearly 13,000 gallons of water a year. This represents more that $110 per year in water savings or $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilet. Keep in mind that the most efficient model can still waste water if it takes multiple flushes to get the job done so it’s important to research what system will work best for your situation.
Not sure what type of toilet is right for your Seattle home or business? Call Best Plumbing! We can help evaluate your current plumbing situation and determine what model might work best for your situation. If you already know what you want, we can also help you install the new toilet in your greater Seattle home
Sewer backups and overflows are costly and inconvenient. While the Best Plumbing team is always available to help fix your sewer problems, there are small things you can do to take care of your sewer, too. Here are a few basic tips to help you maintain your Seattle area home and prevent sewer backups.
Grease is a common cause of sewer blockages and backups. You should never pour cooking oil or grease down a drain or flush it down a toilet. Even if it’s in liquid form when you pour it down the drain, it will eventually cool and solidify, resulting in a blockage in your drain and sewer line. Rather than pouring grease down your pipes, always scrape it into the garbage.
You should always be careful about what you put in your garbage disposal. You should generally avoid putting any large, fibrous, or tough foods into your disposal, as they can cause damage or clogs. Also, to help prevent food from getting stuck, run cold water down the drain while using your garbage disposal.
If a drain becomes completely clogged, it’s usually best to call in a professional. The Best Plumbing team can remove the blockage and also test the pipe to check for leaks. However, you can also clean your drains once a month to help prevent blockages in your shower, sink, or tub. Start by pouring equal amounts of baking soda and white vinegar down the drain. Then, an hour later, flush it with plenty of warm water.
Plant and tree roots can cause leaks and blockages in sewer lines. The best way to avoid this is to simply keep trees and shrubs away from your home’s clean-outs and sewer. However, if there are already trees growing near your sewer line, pay close attention to your drain flow. If you notice any significant changes, call a plumber to check the line.
For help checking, maintaining, or fixing your sewer line, contact Best Plumbing! We serve homeowners in the greater Seattle area.
Did this winter season take a toll on your plumbing? Were you dealing with uncomfortable problems or irritating noises? Many homeowners might try to ignore issues until the weather warms up, but many also end up having to pay for expensive emergency repair. No matter what issue you dealt with, the team here at Best Plumbing can help you fix it for good and better prepare for future winters.
Frozen pipes don’t just turn your water to ice and keep you from running your faucet; they can crack your pipes or break rubber gaskets leading to leaks. Some of these leaks may be too small or too hidden to notice, but over time they can add up to big water bills or big damage to your home.
It might take longer to feel hot water since the water sitting in your pipes is colder, but your water heater should maintain the same temperature even during winter. If your hot water isn’t coming out at the set temperature, it could be a sign that your water heater is poorly insulated or that you have a leak allowing cold water to come in even when only the hot water valve is open. Remember: the more your water heater has to work, the more money you have to spend, so don’t settle for turning up the heat a little or deciding your water is “warm enough.”
If you flush more things down your pipes than you should, you can end up with a bad clog. Cold weather can make us hope for the best and put off finding a fix until it warms up. At best, you’ll be faced with an irritatingly slow drain until the problem is fixed. However, ignoring a clog could lead to a backup in your pipes or end up with a leak.
Avoid running up your utility bills or having to pay for an emergency repair next winter. Talk to Seattle’s Best Plumbing and trust us to make repairs that will last many winters to come! We can take a look at any problem areas or do a full inspection of your home. Contact us now for an appointment.
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