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Best Tips for Saving Water and Money

How much is your water bill? Homeowners often report that the water bill is the least expensive compared to other household expenses. But, there are other homeowners that cringe at the sight of their water bill. It’s just too expensive! If you are tired of your water bill draining your bank account consider the following water saving tips.

  • Stop pre-rinsing dishes – Instead of using water to pre-rinse dishes just scrape the food off the plates and allow your dishwasher to do the work. Investing in a good quality dishwasher detergent is beneficial for this tip.
  • Fill up your dishwasher – Surprisingly, the dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether you have a small load or large load of dishes. Always make sure you fill the dishwasher to the limit before using it.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator – If you use tap water as your main drinking water source you are wasting water. Just think about how many times you let the water run until it gets cool enough for you to drink. That wasted water is running up your bill. Instead, fill water bottles with tap water and place it in the refrigerator on a daily basis.
  • Use appliances to heat water – If you enjoy cooking chances are your recipes will require a cup or two of hot water. Many cooks allow their tap water to run until it becomes hot enough to use. Instead, use a glass measuring cup filled with water and heat it in the microwave.
  • Limit garbage disposal use – Just think about how much water you flush down the disposal every time you use it. Try to limit the use of the garbage disposal so you use less water.
  • Shorten your shower time – A hot shower after a long day is something many of us look forward to. However, it’s when we stay in the shower longer than needed that causes the water bill to increase. Generally, a 15-minute shower uses about 37 gallons of water.
  • Repair leaky faucets – Leaky faucets that drip constantly is wasting water. To test the amount of water it wastes, place a bucket under the leaky faucet and see how much accumulates throughout the day while you are at work or while you are sleeping. You will be surprised to see the amount of water that goes to waste.
  • Turn the water off while brushing – Brushing your teeth for two minutes is the standard rule told to us by dentists. However, it can become costly when we run the water the entire two minutes. Turn the water off while brushing and turn it back on again to rinse your mouth. This is also recommended when shaving.

The tips listed above will help you save water and money. You can choose to follow all of the tips or just implement a few. Either way, you should see a lower water bill when using these tips. If you have leaks or plumbing issues causing your water bill to increase call us today for further assistance.

How to Prevent and Remove Bathroom Mold


Bathrooms are the most common places for mold to build up. If you have noticed mold on the bathroom ceiling, along the edges of the tub or anywhere else in your bathroom, it’s time to take action. Mold generally grows in isolated dark and damp areas and the bathroom is the perfect place for it to grow quickly. The following tips will help you remove and prevent mold from forming in your bathroom.

Removing Mold from the Bathroom

  • Use hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar or bleach to remove mold from your bathroom
  • If cleaning the mold with the above-mentioned products don’t remove it you will need to strip and replace the sealant or caulking that has mold growth.
  • If mold has reached into the insulation or walls a professional is needed for removal.

Preventing Mold from Growing in the Bathroom

  • Ventilate your bathroom with an exhaust fan. If you don’t have one you should get one installed. In the meantime, you can leave your bathroom door open after showers to allow the steam to escape the bathroom.
  • Wash bathroom rugs on a regular basis
  • Install a shower curtain that is mildew-resistant
  • Avoid keeping loofahs and shower sponges in the shower.

Common Causes of Mold in Bathrooms

If you have reoccurring mold in your bathroom you need to consider the following.

  • Leaky pipes
  • Leaky sinks
  • Leaky toilets
  • Leaky showerheads
  • Lack of ventilation
  • Wet or damp wood, grout, rugs, paper products, fabric, or drywall

Some homeowners don’t realize that mold can be dangerous to your health. Mold is bacteria that grows rapidly and spreads throughout surfaces and the air. This means that not only does your skin come into contact with the mold, but you also breathe in tiny particles. This can lead to skin infections and respiratory issues as well as allergic reactions.

In addition to putting your family’s health at risk, you are also in danger of causing damage to your home. If mold grows behind the wall or any place that you can’t see, it can spread and cause serious damage to insulation, walls, floors and more. If you sense that your home has hidden mold it is best to have an expert investigate further.

A common way to prevent mold in the bathroom and throughout your home is to check for leaks on a regular basis. At the first sign of mold, you need to remove it immediately. Generally, mold can build up due to leaky faucets or toilets. If a leak is the cause you need to contact a professional plumber immediately! Don’t let mold take over your bathroom. Call us today for further assistance!

Garbage Disposals: How to Find the Source of the Leak

Garbage disposals are the most under-appreciated appliance in the kitchen. As homeowners, we take our garbage disposals for granted. Sometimes shoving massive amounts of food down them every week. It’s a luxury we ignore until it breaks and suddenly realize we can’t live without it. If your garbage disposal has a bad odor, makes a strange noise or simply doesn’t work there could be a leak involved. The following steps will help you determine if your disposal has a leak.

  • Let the water run – Allow the water from the faucet to run as you look under the sink to see if there’s a visible leak. Also, check the area under the sink for any signs of water. Then turn off the faucet. If you have already found the leak stop using the disposal and contact a plumber immediately. If you haven’t confirmed if it’s a leak continue with the steps below.
  • Unplug the disposal – Check around the socket for moisture or water. If you see any visible water you need to shut off the breaker switch immediately.
  • Catch the water – Water, moisture, and dampness can seriously damage cabinetry. Place a bucket under the disposal to catch the water. Make sure you empty it often so the water doesn’t overflow.

If you have a double sink you can plug the sink that has the disposal and use the opposite sink until it gets fixed. If you have a single sink you need to keep the breaker switch for the disposal turned off and call for help as soon as possible. In both cases, you need to leave the bucket under the sink to catch any water.

If you don’t notice a water leak but are still having issues with your disposal, chances are there is a serious issue that needs further investigating. Remember it is always best to allow a professional to fix the issues. However, if you do decide to explore further on your own or attempt a DIY project, make sure you always turn off the breaker switch before attempting any work.

As soon as you confirm there is a garbage disposal leak or another serious issue you need to contact a licensed plumber. Chances are you just need to replace a small part instead of installing an entirely new disposal. Only a professional will be able to confirm what is needed. Give us a call today for further assistance!