Water Conservation Tips

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In today’s environmentally conscious world, water conservation has become a global conversation.  No one is immune from water concerns.  For example, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that “even though Georgia’s high average rainfall is usually enough to recharge its aquifers, the combination of recent droughts and increased demand have strained the state’s groundwater resources,” causing decreased water pressure and concerns about saltwater entering fresh drinking water.

When it comes to water conservation, small steps can make a big difference.  Consider implementing the following tips in your daily life.

  • If you must water your lawn in the summer, do so at night when the air is coolest, thus decreasing the chances of the water evaporating before it hits the ground. Additionally, you can purchase an inexpensive timer that will automatically shut off your outside faucet after a set period of time in case you forget to do so.
  • Read your water meter at a time when no water is being used in your home, then return about 8 hours later and check it again. If the meter has moved, it is possible you have an undetected water leak in your home that needs to be fixed.
  • Check the temperature of your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or medium temperature.  If it is, contact a licensed plumber to have it adjusted.
  • Immediately fix any leaky faucets you have in your home. Did you know that just one drip per second can add up to more than 8 gallons of water waste in a single day?
  • Replace your older shower heads with new lower flow models to save over 7 gallons of water per minute of usage.
  • Contact your water provider to find out the level of water pressure in your home. If it is above 60 pounds per square inch, call a licensed plumber to install a pressure reducing valve.

Camera Plumbing Inspections

home plumbing inspectionBefore you purchase a new home, it is generally recommended that you hire a home inspector to go through it first.  A home inspector will check the structural integrity of the home, as well as the interior plumbing, electrical system, heating, central air conditioning, the roof, attic, walls, ceilings, insulation, floors, doors, windows, basement, and foundation.  Home inspectors conduct a thorough visual check for defects that could cause you costly repairs in the future.  What they do not do, however, is check out the inside of your plumbing pipes to see how healthy they are.  That is why we strongly recommend hiring a professional to conduct a plumbing camera inspection in addition to a home inspection. [Read more…]

Water Conservation in Georgia

Learn some valuable tips to help conserve water in your home!

water conservation in GA via plumbing maintenanceWater conservation is a national concern, but it is especially on the minds of the citizens of Georgia.  With dry conditions throughout the state, and nearly ten million citizens who need clean water for drinking and bathing, there is always a concern that some areas will end up with a short supply.  Unfortunately, your indoor plumbing could be causing major water waste without you even knowing it.  Below are some items to check on within your home as part of an ongoing effort to conserve Georgia’s water resources. [Read more…]

Ready To Sell Your Home? See How You Can Increase Its Value!

How can a tankless water heater help improve the value of your home?

Marietta Tankless Water Heater Tankless water heaters can help to increase the value of your home. By replacing your old water heater with a tankless water heater your home will be more energy efficient, have lower your gas, electricity, and water bills and be more eco-friendly. Tankless water heaters also enable families to have unlimited hot water without having to wait for a water heater tank to refill. That improves the level of comfort and convenience and is worth thousands of dollars should the homeowner decide to sell.

Traditional water heaters are a problem waiting happen. These water heaters with their large tanks are notoriously unreliable. In homes with traditional water heaters people often complain about lukewarm water or an inadequate amount of hot water when they attempt to bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, and cook at the same time. Plus water tanks require regular maintenance to prevent rust colored water, rotten egg odor, rumbling or popping noise, and water leaking from around base of the heater. A tankless water heater eliminates all of these problems. That peace of mind is worth thousands to homeowners and potential buyers. [Read more…]

Save 20 Percent With Home Renovations!

Want to Save Money Through Bathroom Remodeling?

Marietta Bathroom RemodelThe monthly bills are a necessary evil in the world of living in a home. With a mortgage, a car payment, and the many jobs that pop up with owning a home; reducing whatever bills a home owner can is to their advantage. If a person who owns a home can reduce all of their monthly bills, home owner has more money in their pocket to not only work on their house, but it also enables them to plan for the future. Every home can reduce their monthly bills simply by remodeling their bathroom.

The only room in the house that may use up more of the monthly bills than the bathroom is the kitchen. Every time someone walks into the bathroom the utility meters start rolling. The toilet is used the most and is the first place to start with reducing the monthly bills. The toilet uses a lot of water to flush and increases the water bill each time it flushes. If a low fill water efficient toilet is installed, this toilet alone can reduce the water bill by almost 25%. A normal toilet flushes 4.5 gallons per flush where as the low flush toilet only uses 1.6 gallons per flush. That creates a savings of about 3 gallons per flush. As soon as the faucets are turned on the water bill starts pouring out of your pocket.

Energy efficient and water efficient faucets and shower heads increases the water pressure so that the water pressure while at the same time using less water and less heat energy from the water heater. This helps solve both the electric and water bills. With these two changes alone, the home owner decreases the water bill by almost 50% and the electric bill by 10%. When these items are added to installing energy saving LED lights and energy efficient windows which allow less heat and air escape out the window, the homeowner’s monthly bills have the ability to be lowered by almost 60%. This monthly saving could add up to a large amount of money in a very short time.

Ready to improve the looks of your Marietta home’s bathroom? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 829-0749 for bathroom remodeling.