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How to Save Money on Your Water Bill this Summer

Surprise! Your water bill increased and you have to pay for it by the due date. Homeowners are often surprised with the spike in their water bill, especially during the summer months. For some reason, the summer is one time of the year in South Florida that water gets used the most. Usually, this is due to frequent use of lawn sprinklers and the installation of above ground pools. If you want to save money on your water bill this summer, consider the tips listed below.

  • Fix Leaks – Inspect the drains, showerheads, toilets, and sprinklers in and around your home. If your sinks are dripping water or leaking water from the pipes underneath the sink, you need to get it fixed quickly. Other signs of leaks include rust spots, small puddles around outdoor sprinklers and toilets that run constantly.
  • Inspect the Water Heater – If your water heater is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. Carefully check the exterior of the water heater for rust, cracks or water. A leak in a water heater can quickly get larger and sometimes flood the entire first floor of your home. Replacing a water heater requires professional installation so plan ahead so you don’t go without hot water in the shower.
  • Take Shorter Showers – It feels great to take a steaming hot shower after a long day at work. It sure helps the stress melt away, right? You can still de-stress with a hot shower, but you need to limit it to a specific time frame. An easy way to limit your showers is to play music while you are in the shower and make sure you complete your shower by the end of the second song. Usually, two songs are equivalent to a 10-minute shower.
  • Use the Dishwasher – If you have been afraid to use your dishwasher because you think it uses too much water compared to hand washing dishes, you will be surprised to learn it’s actually vice versa. Hand washing dishes uses more water than a dishwasher set on light or gentle cycle. Some dishwashers even have a water saver and power saver option that could help you save on your water bill as well as your electric bill. Save your hands from washing dishes and let your dishwasher do all the work.

Do you need help identifying ways to save money on your water bill this summer? Contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly professional staff is ready to help you today!

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Disposable Wipes Cause Plumbing Damage

Disposable wipes for babies have been around for generations. These helpful wipes are convenient and help make changing diapers easy and quick. Usually, these wipes are thrown into a trash can along with the dirty diaper. In recent years, the toilet paper industry has created wipes for adults that seem to be an added benefit in the bathroom. These adult wipes are also used to keep a person clean. However, most of these wipes get flushed down the toilet instead of disposed of in a trash can.

Flushing disposable adult wipes down the toilet began when labels on some of the packages said it was ok to do so. Unfortunately, not all wipes are made equally and people started flushing all exposable wipes down the toilet, including the ones for babies too. These wipes are often made of a specific material that absorbs and holds a cleaning liquid that helps make the wipes more powerful and useful.

However, these wipes are also responsible for clogging many pipes in homes throughout the United States. Homeowners are often surprised to learn the wipes were the cause since it was labeled “suitable to flush.” Unfortunately, these “flushable” wipes aren’t “one size fits all” when it comes to pipes and plumbing.

If you have already flushed disposable wipes down the toilet you need to stop immediately. It’s best to set up a small trash can with a top that is meant purposely for disposing of these wipes only instead. You can place the small trash can next to the toilet where it’s convenient and easy to reach from a sitting position on the toilet. Discourage everyone in your household and visitors from flushing disposable wipes down the toilet.

Have you noticed plumbing issues since you started flushing the wipes down the toilet? Have you observed any of the following?

  • Tiny bubbles forming immediately after flushing
  • The toilet bowl not filling up properly
  • The toilet bowl not flushing properly
  • Tiny pieces of toilet paper floating in the toilet after flushing

These are all signs of a clog in the pipes. Sometimes clogs can reach deep into the pipes and requires a plumber to use a specific tool to remove the wipes.

If you have experienced plumbing issues with your toilet due to wipes, contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly and professional staff are ready to help you today!

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Why is the Toilet Running Constantly?  

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Do you hear that? It’s the sound of water running constantly. Homeowners often experience this situation while standing in their bathroom and suddenly realizing there is the sound of water flowing. At first, it might not sound like a big deal. But, when you receive your water bill, that small sound of running water suddenly causes you to empty your wallet to pay your bill. The following are a few common reasons toilets run constantly.  

First, you need to carefully remove the toilet tank lid from your toilet and place it gently on a flat surface. Then take a look inside the toilet tank to see if you notice any of the following issues.  

  • Issues with the rubber flap– This issue is often the most noticeable. The chain is attached to the part that controls the water flow from the tank into the bowl. The rubber flap should fit flat at the bottom of the tank. If you notice the rubber flap off balance or damaged, this is the cause of the water constantly flowing. Luckily, this issue is easy to fix by installing a new rubber flap and attaching the chain to it properly. It’s a simple DIY task, but if you prefer not to submerge your arms in the toilet tank water, it’s recommended to contact a plumber for further assistance.  
  • Broken chain – Before you decide to blame the rubber flap for the running water, take a good look at the chain attached to it. Sometimes this chain is so old it gets rusted and often falls apart. Other times it is just a simple tangle in the chain that can be easily fixed within minutes. Careful inspection of the chain will allow you to determine if it’s the cause of the running water.  
  • The plastic balloon – Take a look at the round or oval-shaped plastic balloon inside the toilet tank. Does it have holes? Is it old? There are times when a plastic balloon becomes overused and damaged. If the balloon has a tiny hole it will not do its job properly. A replacement part will be required to fix the situation.  

Once you have carefully inspected the parts in the toilet tank you should be able to determine the cause of the running water. However, if you observe that all the parts are in good shape and working properly there can be a serious issue that requires the assistance of a professional plumber. Give us a call today to set up an appointment. Our friendly professional staff is waiting to help you with your plumbing needs.