As a homeowner, you will inevitably encounter plumbing issues. Some may end up being a quick fix, while others may put a dent in your budget. The good news is that you can do a few cost-effective things to help prevent future Kelowna plumbing problems.
Check the meter that regulates water flow into your home. Look for leaks and whether the meter is turning even though water isn’t flowing throughout your home. If this happens, there may be a water leak somewhere that will need to be identified.
If your water heater is over ten years old, it’s time for an upgrade. An older model won’t be as energy-efficient as a more modern one, which could impact your monthly utility bill. If you can’t replace your water heater, try having it flushed regularly to remove impurities and optimize performance.
Check your toilet for issues like a sticky flapper valve that may cause more water to push through your toilet than necessary. If your toilet is more than ten years old, replace it with a more eco-friendly option. It also may be a good idea for a professional plumber to check for any other potential problems.
If your bathroom or kitchen faucet is old, your water bill could be higher than needed. With new, eco-friendly equipment, you can better control the water flow from your faucet and reduce flow by as much as 30 percent.
If you notice water in your basement, identify where the leak is coming from. It may be due to a cracked pipe or loose valve that is also likely impacting your water bill. Take care of this immediately as resulting mold or odor-causing bacteria can lead to health problems.
If water is draining slower than usual, you can use a wire hook to remove hair from the shower or bathroom sink. If the problem exists in your kitchen sink, a plunger can help remove food debris and particles from the drain.
Low water pressure could be due to constriction within flexible pipes. Also, check to ensure that your shut-off valves are entirely open to avoid any water restrictions. If you still have issues, it may indicate a leak or a more severe problem that requires a professional plumber.
A low-flow showerhead or faucet can significantly reduce your water bill. Since these fixtures provide a cost-effective solution, you can enjoy additional savings while promoting water conservation.