How many of you made New Year’s resolutions? Did you resolve to eat healthier, exercise more, and save more money?
It probably didn’t cross your mind to make resolutions concerning your home’s plumbing – but perhaps you should.
As we step into a new year, consider these five resolutions. Your plumbing will thank you!
Resolve to Understand What’s Flushable and What’s Not
You’ll save yourself a world of trouble (and a few costly repair bills) by learning what should never go down your toilet. We always advise homeowners to flush only toilet paper—even if other items are labeled as flushable or biodegradable. Never flush disposable baby or disinfectant wipes, paper towels, facial tissues, or napkins. These can not only clog your toilet but also damage your pipes and pose a real problem for your septic system if you have one.
Resolve to Watch What Goes Down the Kitchen Sink
It’s just as vital to be aware of what foods you should keep out of your drains, as these can lead to major plumbing disasters. Avoid putting oatmeal, fats and oils, bones, pasta and rice, eggshells, stringy vegetables like asparagus, and coffee grounds down your kitchen sink.
Resolve to Improve Your Water Filtration
Enhancing your home’s water filtration system should be on your to-do list this year. It’s not just about getting better-tasting water for your home – for instance, chlorine in your water can leave your hair and skin feeling dry after a shower and fade your clothing in the laundry. It can also harm your plumbing, causing corroded parts and pinhole leaks, which can lead to mold and mildew. Additionally, it can damage the rubber parts and seals of your water heater, washing machine, and dishwasher.
My Georgia Plumber provides water softener services and water purification services to eliminate contaminants in your water. Give us a call at 770-592-0081 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!
Resolve to Get Serious About Water Conservation
There are some simple and free things you can do to conserve water. Ensure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before starting a new load. When you’re brushing your teeth or washing your face, wet your toothbrush or skin and then turn off the water afterward. If you plan to upgrade your plumbing appliances, including toilets, faucets, and showerheads, look for the EPA’s WaterSense® label. Products and services with this label are certified to use at least 20% less water than regular models.
Resolve to Fix Those Leaks!
Leaks waste both water and money. Sometimes, leaks can be sneaky, like slab leaks underneath your home’s foundation, which are invisible. Signs of a slab leak include an increase in your water bills, mold and mildew, and unexplained pools of water throughout your house. Copper pipes, which are flexible, are a common culprit of slab leaks.
If you notice any signs of a leak, call My Georgia Plumber as soon as possible at 770-592-0081, and we’ll fix it!
By this time next year, your plumbing (and hopefully your wallet) will be in the best shape of its life. Happy New Year!