Apartment Renters: Reduce Your Plumbing Costs

Sals Plumbing, located in Torrance and Redondo serves lot of apartment dwellers in the South Bay.  They always inquire if we have and advice or tips on how to reduce their utility costs; check out these simple tips.

Turn Off the Faucet: people leave the faucet running when washing dishes or when brushing their teeth. Turning the faucet off in intervals when the faucet is not needed results in big savings in water and big savings on the water bill. Only turn on the faucet when you are wetting your toothbrush and again when you finish and rinse out your mouth. Clean dirty dishes instead of using water to push the excess scraps into the drain. Also when wetting a paper towl use a water bottle instead of turning on the sink.

Toilet Efficiency: More than 45% of water use in the average American home occurs in the bathroom, with nearly 27% being used by toilets.  You can significantly curb your toilet water usage by regularly checking for and fixing leaks, retrofitting older toilets, or installing a new High Efficiency Toilets (HETs).  To earn this label, toilets must meet rigorous criteria for performance and must use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush.  Older toilets can use as much as 3-4 gallons per flush.

Leaks: A dripping faucet can waste gallons of water over the course of a month and these gallons add up to a lot of financial waste annually. Shut off each faucet completely when you are done using it and also inspect your pipes for water leaks. The apartment owner needs to pay for repairs as long as you didn’t cause the damage so have any leaks fixed immediately ( and preferably before you move into the apartment) to prevent getting charged for wasted water.

Showers are good…Taking baths bad: It takes significantly more water to fill up a bathtub than it does to take a shower on a daily basis. Baths waste a lot more water and are therefore a lot more expensive than showers are. Limit your bath-taking and only take one five-minute shower a day to reduce water usage and cost. This is the most well known way to save water and the cost of utilites but there are other ways as well.

To get a list our South Bay Plumbing Services and for for more tips please visit our home page.  If you would like us to help with your home plumbing issues please call us at (310) 692-4183.



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