Do you feel like your water bills are too high? Do you care a lot about the environment and you’d love to save some water? No matter your reasoning, it’s always a good idea to try to use less water. This can be great for the planet and great for your wallet, too. Here are some ways to get started.

Install Low-Flow Appliances

You can install  toilets, faucets, and shower heads that use less water. You will need to take care, as some of these don’t work as well as their regular counterparts, since they don’t send as much water your way. Specifically, you should be wary of some older model low-flow toilets. If you’d like to find water-saving appliances, your friendly DC Drains plumber can recommend quality products.

Turn Off the Water

Do you keep the water running while you’re brushing your teeth, shaving your legs, or lathering your dishes? If you shut it off, then turn it back on again when you need it, you won’t use as much water. There’s no reason to just let the water run down the drain when every drop costs money.

Take Shorter Showers

When you take a bath or a shower, you use quite a bit of water. Instead of staying in the water for 30+ minutes, try cutting your showers down to 10-15 minutes. If you really like the steam or the warmth, run the hot shower for a while, until your bathroom steams up. Then close the doors and the windows and turn off the fan, and turn off your hot water, too. You can still enjoy your warm steam for quite a while. 

Don’t Run Half Loads in the Dishwasher

Your dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it is all the way full or half-full. Thus, you’ll save money when you run it when it’s full because you won’t have to run as many loads. It may be a bit inconvenient but it will be worth the hassle when you’re spending less money on water!

Keep Cold Water in Your Fridge

If you like to drink your cold water, you don’t have to stand at the tap and wait for the water to cool down. Instead, you can keep cool water in a pitcher in your fridge. That way, you’ll have instant access to cold water whenever you want it, but you won’t have to waste lukewarm water to get it. 

Anyone can save money on their water bill. It takes some intentional action and a bit of time to figure out what will work best for you. If you have questions about how to save water, call us. We’ll send out a DC Drains plumber to help you figure out solutions that will work for you.

Your plumbing might make noises regularly. Many homeowners just get used to the sounds that their system makes and don’t think about them after a while. 

However, some plumbing noises can mean there’s a problem in the system. While the problems may not seem urgent because there’s no plumbing emergency, they all indicate issues that may get worse over time if you let them go. Here are some sounds you might hear and what they could mean for your system.

Bubbling

Do you hear a gurgling or a bubbling sound when you flush your toilet or let water drain anywhere in your home? This can indicate several issues:

  • Air trapped in the pipes
  • A sewer issue
  • An unaddressed clog

Even if you have experienced bubbling for years, you may have a problem that’s getting worse over time. Call our team and we’ll get to the bottom of the issue, then repair it for you ASAP!

Whining

Do your pipes squeal or whine when you run water? Maybe it just occurs when you use one set of pipes, like the ones in your upstairs bathroom or in your kitchen. High-pitched sounds coming from the plumbing usually mean there’s a broken or defective pressure-reducing valve. 

Depending on when your home was built, you may have a single valve for the entire house or different ones for the bathroom, kitchen, etc. Over time, leaving these broken can cause:

  • Broken pipes
  • Overflows
  • And more!

Call us about a plumbing repair and we’ll get your plumbing back to normal soon!

Dripping

Even a slow drip can indicate a leak, and leaks can cause higher bills and major damage. Even a slow leak can raise your water bill quite a bit, and that’s outside of the cost of treating and repairing any water damage. The sound of dripping water could also drive you crazy! If you are struggling with a drip that you can’t repair, give us a call. We’ll find the source of that leak and fix it before it gets bigger and causes any serious damage to your structure. 

In fact, the skilled plumbers at DC Drains are here for you no matter what kind of plumbing repair you require. Whether you’re hearing a strange noise, you need a water heater repair, your toilet is overflowing, or you require a drain cleaning, call us and we’ll get your plumbing back to normal fast. We hope to get a chance to help you out soon!

Did you know that we can clean out your drains or repair your sewer line without digging up your front yard? Gone are the days where replacing your sewer line meant replacing your entire yard, too! With trenchless sewer line repair technology now available, you can get your sewer fixed ASAP without the added home improvement projects afterward. 

Here’s what you should know about trenchless pipe repair before you decide if these methods are the best option for fixing your home. These trenchless sewer repair pros and cons can help you decide how to repair your sewer line. 

The Pros of Trenchless Sewer Repair

There are several good reasons why you might choose trenchless sewer repair over traditional repair methods.

  • Top quality. Trenchless repairs are performed with the highest quality equipment and parts.
  • Quicker project completion. Most trenchless sewer repairs can be finished in just a few hours so you have the sewer line you need ASAP.
  • It can be cheaper. When you subtract out the hours required for digging and the cost of replacing your yard, trenchless sewer repair might be the cheaper option.
  • Replace any line. No matter what material the existing pipes are made of, our trenchless sewer repair team can make the repairs or replacements that you need. 
  • It’s eco-friendly. We utilize materials and methods that do very little to harm the earth.
  • Trenchless repairs last. The pipes we place and the adhesives we use can last more than 50 years! We’ll ensure that your sewer system works for a long time!

If this sounds like something you’d like to discuss, call us at DC Drains now!

The Cons of Trenchless Sewer Repair

On the other hand, there are a few potential downsides of trenchless sewer repair. They include:

  • Potentially higher upfront cost. Trenchless sewer line repair can cost more than traditional methods. However, this only pertains to the cost of the repair itself. When you add in the costs of laying new cement and/or replacing landscaping, trenchless sewer repair usually costs the same or less than traditional methods.
  • It doesn’t work on badly damaged pipes. If your sewer lines have extensive cracks or breaks, trenchless pipe repair may not be able to deal with the issues you’re having. If your plumber thinks this is the case for you, he will notify you and talk you through the available options.

If you require help with your sewer line and you think trenchless sewer repair might work for you, call us at DC Drains today. We’ll have an expert at your door soon to get your sewer flowing again ASAP!

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