Apr
29

Fixes Around the Home How to Cut Back on Your Home’s Water Loss

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Hose clamp tool, Plastic hose clamps, Quick release hose clamps

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Modern plumbing lines allow us to have an unprecedented amount of control over our lives as we can live comfortably indoors without the need to venture out to a well or outhouse. Despite the life-changing effects of indoor plumbing, many of us neglect to regularly inspect and maintain our plumbing lines. It is suggested that a majority of American households have some degree of water loss due to cracked, worn, and outdated plumbing lines. Here are some tips to keep your home plumbing lines secure and leak-free.


Leaking Water

A modest faucet or showerhead that drips at a rate of one drop per second has the potential to waste thousands of gallons of water over the course of a single year, significantly inflating monthly water bills. Experts state that over half of all residential toilets as well experience some degree of leakage, most of which goes unseen by homeowners. Plumbing lines themselves may become susceptible to leaks, particularly after the winter season when poorly insulated pipes can freeze as the water inside expands and leaves cracks in the pipes.


Plumbing Fixes Around Your Home

By taking steps to inspect and fix the basic plumbing issues noted above, homeowners have the potential to save hundreds or even thousands on their annual water bills. Replacing fixtures and pipes is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure that your home is leak free, another possibility could be the application of heavy duty hose clamps. Hose clamps are able to help moderate pressures, making them ideal for both temporary and long-term plumbing fixes; the best of these are the quick release hose clamps that allow for fast removal. Quick release hose clamps are specially designed to provide even pressure on all sides without gaps, ensuring a tight, secure fit. In addition to plumbing applications, quick release hose clamps are frequently used in automotive systems — always ensure that proper measurements are taken to find a hose clamp suitable for whatever job you need done.


Major Plumbing Issues

In some cases, the source of a home’s leaks lies underneath the earth in the form of a breached sewer line. Since most of the sewer lines installed prior to the 1980s were made of clay they are more susceptible to being breached by tree roots in their search for moisture. A breached sewer line can not only mean additional water charges for a home, but the tree roots may completely block a sewer line, resulting in unsanitary backflow that can make residents sick. If your sewer is older than 40 years old, consider contacting a local plumbing company to have a sewer inspection to ensure that your sewer lines have not been breached by tree roots or eroded over the years.

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