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A Quick Plumbing Tip for Water Conservation

Water ConservationThe average American uses 60 to 70 gallons of water per day on bathing, washing, cooking, and other everyday activities. Water is a vital resource, and water conservation is an increasingly important issue across the nation. Maybe you have already taken important steps to decrease your water usage, from checking leaky faucets to avoiding unnecessary toilet flushes, but you still receive a high water bill every month. At Star Cities Plumbing, we would like to suggest another quick plumbing tip that often goes overlooked.

Control the Water You Use

One of the best ways to promote water conservation is to gain greater control over the amount of water that your home’s fixtures use. You can make changes to:

Your sink faucets. Every time you turn on your sink to wash your hands or do the dishes, you may be using more water than necessary. A low-flow aerator can fit over your faucet to reduce the rate of water leaving the spout.

Your water pressure. Call your neighborhood water authority to find your street’s water pressure setting. If it is higher than 60 pounds per square inch, you may be doing long-term damage to your plumbing while using more water than you need. While you can’t change all of New York plumbing, a pressure-reducing valve can reduce your home’s water pressure and preserve your pipes.

Reduce the Waste of Daily Tasks

When the flow of water leaving your faucets and showerheads is higher than it needs to be, you could be wasting water every time you wash your face, brush your teeth, or scrub your silverware. By making the simple alterations above, you can promote water conservation without dramatically altering your daily habits or skipping your morning shower. If you need help to make efficient plumbing changes, contact us, Star Cities Plumbing, at 800-547-1422 today.

No Grease in the Drain Will Make for Healthier Pipes

Clogged PipeA major reason many homes require a professional drain cleaning is because of built-up grease in the pipes. At Star Cities Plumbing we can clear the problem. The best plan, however, is to aim for no grease in drain pipes in the first place.

Not Just Bacon Fat

Grease is a byproduct of food preparation. It can be residue from meats, butter, margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. The best way to have no grease in drain pipes is to prevent it from reaching the pipes to begin with. Fats left in a cooking pan may be cooled and transferred into a container for recycling or disposal. Pans can then be wiped of any excess. Running hot water over a pan does not effectively dissolve the grease. The garbage disposal does not prevent damage from fats in the drain, either. Food scraps are best collected in a drain strainer and thrown away.

The Health Connection

When grease hardens in the pipes it can eventually cause sewer pipes to clog. This may lead to sewer overflow. Raw sewage can backup into a home or into the landscape. Clogged systems may affect municipal water supplies. In addition to health concerns, there are economic factors to consider as well. Digging up and replacing pipe is expensive.

Clogs Happen

While prevention may be the best strategy, clogs do sometimes occur. Chemical drain cleaning products may dislodge a clog, but they do nothing to actually dissolve grease. They may even damage your pipes. Homemade solutions such as baking soda and vinegar or boiling water may take care of a smaller obstruction, but a serious grease clog may call for professional attention. At Star Cities Plumbing we believe that making sure there’s no grease in drain pipes is the best possible solution to a clog, but we understand that it happens. Contact us online or call (800) 547-1422 when you need a drain problem cleared up.