As your home ages, things start to catch up with you. Like the plumbing, for instance. Clogs start to happen more frequently, leaks crop up here and there and little by little, small problems become big ones.
You can spend a fortune on plumbing services every time a problem occurs. It pays to be proactive and find some ways to save money. From doing your own repairs, to focusing on prevention, there are a lot of ways that you can avoid some of the huge bills that come with plumbing when you’re a homeowner.
In this article, I will go over several ways that you can save some money on your plumbing.
1 – Get a subscription
Subscription services are very common and make modern life that much easier. And now it even extends to your household repairs like plumbing. An annual home maintenance subscription program can make sure that your plumbing, or any other home repair problem, is prevented.
Keeping your home in good repair is much easier to do and much cheaper in the long run when you nip the problems in the bud rather than waiting for them to become big and expensive repairs.
You can even save by consolidating your repairs so you can use the subscription service to take care of it before the year ends. This way you aren’t paying for all the little things that happen one at a time.
2 – Watch what you dump
Your drains are more sensitive than you realize. Over time things sort of stick to the sides and then start to catch material as it flows by. This constricts the pipes and makes draining very slow. Then you end up with a clog that can be expensive to get rid of.
When you dump fat and grease down your drain, you are running the risk of this happening. Hot fat goes down easy but as soon as it cools on the way down the drain it ends up solidifying and clogging the pipes.
Pretty soon that fat traps food, hair and other debris and then you have a problem. Instead, keep a container to pour your fat and then dispose of it at your town dump, or let it solidify and throw it in the garbage.
3 – Upgrade appliances
Old appliances are really bad when it comes to efficiency. When you get new, efficient appliances, they end up paying for themselves with the reduction on your water bill. For instance, your old hot water heater is not great at keeping the water hot so it ends up needing to keep on longer which costs more money.
When your old water heater needs to be replaced, it’s better to get a new one before the old one dies on you. And if the warranty is over, it makes no sense to repair it either. When your hot water doesn’t last long, or you have frequent leaks, these are signs it’s time to replace.