Your plumbing system is an important one, no doubt about it. In fact, many of the modern conveniences of life that we have all become so accustomed to are directly related to your plumbing system. From the water for your shower to the water from your sink to your garden hose, it all ties back to plumbing. Of course, your water heater too relies on your plumbing system as well.
So it’s a good idea to keep your plumbing system in good shape. Not only will this reduce the overall amount of water that you and your family go through, but it can actually prevent plumbing emergencies from occurring as well. And when you prevent plumbing emergencies and save water, you also end up saving yourself a considerable amount of money.
There are a number of different ways to save water with your plumbing system. For one, inspecting it to make sure that there are no leaks is key, and can be best done by plumbing professionals in your area. The correction of even a small leak, it has been found, will save the typical family as much as ten percent on their monthly water bill and while this might seem like a relatively small amount of money, it is most certainly one that will add up over time. After all, even just a leaky faucet has been known to waste as many as one hundred gallons a day, an amount of water that can lead to incredible financial loss if left untreated and unrepaired.
But even the best kept plumbing system wastes a good deal of water. In fact, flushing the toilet alone will use more than eight hundred and eighty gallons of water in a home where four people reside, with the typical toilet using six and a half gallons of water each and every time it is flushed. But switching to a water efficient toilet can help to save you a great deal of water, and though it might come at an expensive upfront cost, it will be well worth it when it comes to saving money at the end of the day.
On top of this, you can help to save water simply by changing your water usage habits. Taking a shower instead of a bath can help, as the typical bath will use as many as thirty seven gallons of water if the tub is filled up all or even just most of the way. The average five minute shower, on the other hand, will usually use no more than twenty five gallons of water and sometimes as few as fifteen gallons of water, though it will be important to make it quick as even just bumping up your shower time to ten minutes will increase your overall water consumption to forty gallons in total.
Of course, avoiding plumbing emergencies with routine plumbing care does wonders for your home as well, as it can protect it from water damage. But sometimes plumbing emergencies do still happen even in the most well cared for of plumbing systems and if this is the case, it is important to contact a professional plumber to come and deal with said plumbing emergencies as soon as is humanly possible.
Because aside from water damage, plumbing emergencies can lead to the formation and growth of mold if they are not dealt with promptly and mold, when left unchecked, can cause an array of health problems. Serious types of mold can even lead to death but though not all mold is killer, none of it is good for you. In fact, more than ninety percent (ninety three percent) of all chronic sinus infections have been able to be attributed to mold growth, and as many as thirty percent of homes currently have mold somewhere within them, though the severity of this mold problem will vary.
Plumbing emergencies that result in water damage can also all too easily result in mold, but it is fortunate that professional plumbing services can help in matters of mold prevention. If mold is discovered to already be present, they can help in matters of mold clean up and mold remediation and mold removal as well.