Most Augusta homeowners are not as careful as they should be about what they are washing down the drains in their homes. And unfortunately, those stray items are often the cause of a drain clog and costly plumbing bill. They can even be the reason for a flood of raw sewage, dirty water, and severe contamination. However, with a little added care and knowledge, you can avoid these costly mistakes and know that your drains will never be the reason for an emergency call to your plumber.
As each year comes to a close, we all make some pretty ambitious promises to ourselves in the form of New Year’s Resolutions. But as the days and weeks pass, our focus slides from those ideals to the more routine matters at hand. However, it is vital to keep your new goals in mind, especially if you include conserving water to help the environment. Following just a few simple tips, you can save some water to help the planet in addition to some money to help your monthly budget.
Stop Washing Dishes
It would be great never to wash another dish, but it is not really practical. However, you can vow never to wash another dish by hand. Instead, use the dishwasher to handle this time-consuming and sometimes tedious task. The average dishwasher uses 5 gallons of water per cleaning cycle. However, when you hand wash the same number of dishes, you will use around 27 gallons. Just be sure that you only run a cleaning cycle when the dishwasher is fully loaded to maximize your savings.
Stop Washing The Car Too
The average drive-through car wash uses about 35 gallons of water per vehicle. However, the more eco-friendly have that number down to less than 20. And some even recycle the water after it is filtered. Still, 20 gallons of water seems like a substantial amount until you think about washing your car at home. Most people spend about 30 minutes on this task. But to be honest, the hose is only running for about 10 minutes. What you are not considering is that the hose is doling out about 10 gallons of water per minute. So in 10 minutes, you are using about 100 gallons of water. So head to a carwash to save a significant amount of water this year.
Go Low Flow
Any showerhead installed before 1992 uses 3.5 or more gallons of water per minute. After that time, showerheads were restricted to a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute. So if you have an older showerhead, you can save about one-third of the water used for showering just by installing a new and very affordable showerhead. Over a year, that single change in your home could save an average of 3,000 gallons of water per person showing in your household.
Locate And Repair Leaks
Tiny drips add up the same way that nickels and dimes add up to dollars. Most people would never throw away money, but they are ok with watching a dripping faucet. In essence, that water running down the drain is the same as throwing away all your loose change at the end of the day or week. So invest a few minutes in looking for leaking fixtures, hoses, or pipes around your home. If you are not inclined to make the repairs yourself, call (706) 303-0987 to schedule an appointment with the licensed plumbers at Drain Surgeon. Taking advantage of just a few of these ideas will help keep your resolution, save the planet, and a little cash.
Did you know that you are the proud owner of a sewer line? If so, you are a step ahead of some of your friends and neighbors in the Augusta community. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the existence of sewer lines until they have a significant issue that typically includes a backup of raw sewage in their homes. But all of that mess and expense can be avoided if you know the indications of a potential sewer line issue and take fast action.
Most Augusta homeowners don’t set out to break or even bend the rules when making a plumbing repair or undertaking an addition to their home. However, without a complete understanding of these regulations, it can happen inadvertently. And when it does, the result can mean a potential health or safety risk to you and your family or a costly issue that you will need to correct down the road. For these reasons and many others, it is essential only to trust a licensed professional when you need plumbing repairs or are undertaking a project around the house that involves extending or adding to your home’s plumbing system.
One of the most common reasons for a call to your local plumber is a backed-up drain. Unfortunately, most homeowners in the Augusta area ignore the warning signs of a clog forming and end up with a nasty blockage before calling in a professional. There is a much greater risk of a flood of dirty water damaging your home by this time.
Avoiding this messy and inconvenient issue is twofold. First, homeowners need to understand what they are doing to create or at least promote drain clogs. And second, they need to realize that everything, including household drains, needs to be cleaned from time to time. So an annual professional drain cleaning will eliminate the impossible to prevent sticky drain residue that forms no matter how careful you might be. That year's water jet cleaning, and understanding what you need to avoid during the year, will help you avoid those potentially costly drain clogs and floods.
Garbage Disposal Misuse
A garbage disposal suffers many problems due to its name. Many users feel that this unit should be able to grind up any object crammed inside. However, the apparatus was only meant to grind up the small bits of food that were responsibly rinsed off of dishes and cookware. So no stuffing the disposal with leftovers, chunks of fat, or other undesirable food waste. Any grease or fat that goes into the disposal will only increase the amount of residue inside the drain line and cause debris to accumulate more rapidly. Place food waste and grease, oil, and fat into the trash can to avoid creating the majority of your household drain clogs.
Dishes covered with bits of food need to be rinsed before finding their way to the dishwasher. Even if the plates come out sparkling clean, the drain in your dishwasher is not meant to accommodate large pieces of food. The chunks of wasted food sit on the screen and begin to create that foul odor that rolls out when you open the dishwasher door. Over time, the pieces shrivel and make their way into the dishwasher drain and then the sink drain. Soon, you will have a new clog forming in the sticky scum that is lining the drains.
Washing Machine Debris
All washing machines have a screen or filter to catch pieces of fabric or other foreign objects that were left in pockets or rolled inside the dirty clothes or towels. These screens need to be cleaned regularly to prevent them from being damaged or destroyed. If ignored, the screen will break and allow all that debris to flow into the drain line and create a tough clog. The other possibility is that the screen will become completely covered but not break. Then you could discover a lot of dirty water flooding out of your washing machine.
Sewer Line Problems
Sometimes, the clog is not caused by anything in your home. Instead, the culprit is outside your house. For example, an aggressive tree root, shifting soil, or damage from a shovel could be to blame for the leak or damage to your home's only sewer line. When that pipe is blocked, the raw sewage has no place to go but back into your home. Proper sewer line care includes an annual inspection and cleaning as a part of your professional drain cleaning service.
Call (706) 303-0987 to schedule a professional drain cleaning with the pros at Drain Surgeon. Our process uses only pure, high-pressure water to blast away any clogs, blockages, and residue that would create future clogs. It is also safe for your drains and emits no nasty chemical fumes.
If you own a home built on a concrete slab foundation rather than a basement, you should know what a slab leak is and how to recognize the warning signs to avoid a very costly issue. And you should know the name and number of a reliable plumber in your area. Fortunately, we are about to provide you with everything you need to know about slab leaks and the best plumbing company in town.
Most of us living across the United States are fortunate enough to have a surplus of water to meet our needs. So it is easy to forget that many places in the world struggle to have enough water even to survive. And because we all share the planet and limited supply of water, conservation should be important to everyone. In our community, there are many simple ways to save water and money while helping the cause of those less fortunate.
While most homeowners assume that tankless water heaters are a new fad, they were invented in 1929. But they were not commonly used in residential settings until the last three or four decades. So most of us still grew up with the conventional water heater with the large holding tank that never seemed to offer quite enough hot water for everyone in the house to get a hot shower. And that is just one reason why many homeowners are eager to learn more about upgrading to a tankless water heater.
As the summer wraps up, you might think that your water usage will drop considerably and get your water bill back on budget. However, that is not always the case as the cost of everything, including water, is on the rise. But there are many simple ways for you and every member of your household to pitch in and save water and money. Not only will it take some of the pressure off your household budget, but it will also help the planet by conserving a very precious natural resource.
The caulk in your bathroom provides a vital service by keeping moisture out of your walls and floor. But over time, like any part of your home, it begins to wear out. However, when this product fails, it can allow moisture to invade the structure of your home to promote mold and mildew growth. So instead of dealing with that potentially toxic issue, it is far better to proactively replace the caulk in your bathroom about every four or five years. Of course, if you notice any leaks or damage, replace it sooner to avoid the pitfalls of water leaking into your walls and floors.