There’s no doubt that plumbing repairs can get expensive! However, there are some things you can do to save money. Some of these may involve making upfront investments, but they will all help you spend less on plumbing-related expenses in the end.
Fix problems as soon as you notice them. Don’t wait for dripping faucets, cracked pipes, or leaky toilets to get worse before you repair them. Most of the time, you can fix them yourself or have a plumber do an inexpensive repair that will get things back to normal. If you let the problem go, it’s likely to get worse and cost even more to repair!
One plumbing-related expense that many people don’t realize they have some control over is how much water they use every month. Invest in low flow toilets and showerheads to use less water for the same experience, and lower your monthly costs, too!
Drain cleaning is one major plumbing expense that can often be avoided. Don’t put things like eggshells, coffee grounds, hair, dental floss or, generally, anything that is hard, stringy, grainy, or inflexible down your garbage disposal. These things tend to cause clogs. Even if they don’t clog it initially, they can make for larger problems later on that may require expensive solutions.
If you suspect that clogs are building in your drains or if you know they haven’t been cleaned in a while, get a plumber out to do some maintenance on your lines. Proactive drain cleaning is less stressful than getting it done in an emergency, and it may be cheaper, too. You can also put a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down your drains regularly, to eliminate a lot of gunky buildup.
Frozen pipes are expensive to fix if they burst. Prevent them by insulating any pipes that tend to freeze and leave cabinet doors open so the pipes under the sink don’t freeze. If they do freeze, thaw them slowly to help avoid bursting.
Knowing the location of your shut-off valve can help prevent water damage. It’s usually near your utility closet and may be labeled. Turning it all the way to the right shuts off the water supply to your home. Just don’t use water until you’re sure it has been turned back on.
If you end up needing plumbing repairs or you want some help with preventative work, call us at Blue Sky Plumbing and Heating today! Our Metro Denver plumbers will be there soon and help you protect your home!