If you fear plumbing repairs due to the cost, don’t. You will spend a lot more if you ignore the issue. Fixing plumbing problems is part of the cost of homeownership and investment in the longevity of your property. However, there are some ways to save money on plumbing.
Don’t Stress Your Plumbing SystemIf you have problems with toilet clogs or backed-up kitchen sinks, consider your regular habits. You could be stressing your plumbing system beyond its intended applications. Don’t put excessive strain on your plumbing system. Using your toilet as a trash can or putting grease down the drain can cause clogs in your waste lines. Plus, these tasks waste water. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program recommends putting food waste into a compost pile instead of down the drain and using the dishwasher instead of handwashing. Making these changes cuts down on wasted water and prevents trash, food, or other non watery or human waste products from going into the sewer system. By preventing clogs with good plumbing use, you can avoid the need to call a plumber for clogs or stopped drains.
Save Money on Plumbing with DIY OptionsAnother way to save money on plumbing is to do-it-yourself. However, DIY projects should have limitations based on your comfort level. Most homeowners can do the following types of DIY repairs to their plumbing:
- Put Teflon tape around leaking pipe connections
- Plunge a clogged toilet or slow sink
- Shut off the main water supply to the house