As a homeowner in Ocala, you’re used to getting hot and cold water on demand and expect that it will arrive with the right water pressure. You expect that your toilet or drain will take any waste out of your sight and that your plumbing pipes are sound. Then, you get hit with a bill way above what you’re used to. Maybe your fixtures start to back up or your water pressure plummets. You don’t remember doing anything that different from what you usually do, so what happened? Here are some bad plumbing habits that may have caused your bill to skyrocket.
Using a Harsh Drain Cleaner
Using a corrosive drain cleaner once in a blue moon may not do too much harm to your plumbing pipes, but if you pour the stuff down the drain every time there’s a clog, you’ll eventually hurt your pipes. Moreover, if you have a septic system, the cleanser might kill off beneficial bacteria. Consider using gentler means of cleaning out clogs such as baking soda, vinegar, and hot water or a plunger. If there’s a really immovable clog in the system, it’s time to call a plumber.
Overusing Hot Water
Water that’s just warm enough is wonderful especially in the shower or bathtub. However, using too much hot water can cost money. Not only will your water bill be higher than it needs to be, but so will your heating bill as your hot water heater works to keep up with your demand. Experts recommend that your showers be no longer than 15 minutes. You should also wash your laundry on the cold water cycle. There are now detergents that work very well in cold water.
Not Replacing Old Appliances
You may think your old dishwasher, washing machine, or garbage disposal is working just fine. The fact is that as water-dependent appliances get older, they use up more water. They’re also at a higher risk of breaking down. This can lead to flooding and damage that can be expensive to repair. Buy a new and more energy-efficient appliance before the old one stops working.
Flushing Objects That Shouldn’t Be Flushed
The only things that you should flush down your toilet are toilet paper and bodily waste. Nothing else should be flushed, not even paper towels or facial tissue. Toilet paper is made specifically to disintegrate after it’s flushed. Even items that claim to be perfectly flushable such as baby wipes shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.
Call Us to Help You Save on Your Plumbing Bills
Our plumbing company has been proud to serve the Ocala area for over 30 years. Whether you live near Brick City Adventure Park or the World Equestrian Center, we’re here to help. Our plumbers are second to none when it comes to skills, knowledge, and overall customer satisfaction. Though we’re happy to give our customers tips when it comes to their plumbing habits, our services also include drain cleaning, leak detection, water heater and sewer line services, and pipe repair. We serve both commercial and residential customers. Give us a call at Root Scooter Plumbing today.