Save money on your next water bill

Do you feel like you’re spending too much money on water? Do you care about the environment and you’d love to save water? No matter your reasoning, it’s a good idea all the way around to try to use less water. It’s good for the planet and good for your wallet, too. Here are some ways to get started.


Take Shorter Showers

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


Install Low-Flow Appliances

You can put in toilets, shower heads, faucets, and more that use less water. You will need to be careful, as some of these don’t work as well as their regularly flowing counterparts, since they don’t send as much water your way. Specifically, be wary of some low-flow toilets. If you’d like to go this route, your friendly Rosenthal plumber can recommend some quality products.


Turn Off the Water

Do you let the water run while you’re brushing your teeth, shaving your legs, or lathering your dishes? If you turn it off, then turn it back on again when you need it, you’ll save water and money. There’s no reason to just let your water run down the drain when that’s costing you.


Keep Cold Water in Your Fridge

If you like to drink your water cold, you’re not alone. However, you don’t have to stand at the tap and wait for the water to cool down. Instead, keep cool water in a pitcher in your fridge. That way, you’ll have immediate access to cold water whenever you want it, but you won’t have to waste lukewarm water by letting it run down the drain.


Don’t Run Half Loads in Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether it is full or half-full. Thus, you’ll save money when you run it full because you won’t run as many loads. It may be a bit less convenient, especially if you have certain dishes you like to have washed every day but your dishwasher doesn’t fill that often. It’s worth the hassle when you’re saving money on water, though!

When to replace your water heater

Do you ever wonder if your water heater is working as well as it could? Sometimes, it’s hard to know if it’s doing well or if it’s time to start thinking about a new one. If you’re like most homeowners, this isn’t a decision that is completely straightforward. Here are some things to think about when you’re deciding whether or not it’s time for a new water heater.

  • How much are you spending on repairs? As water heaters get older, they often require more and more frequent repairs. Over time, you can spend more on repairs than you would spend on a new water heater. If you feel like you’re calling plumbers for your water heater a lot, ask about replacement instead. Our plumbers will be able to tell you how much a new heater will cost you and whether it might be a good idea for you.
  • Is your water heater the right size? A water heater that’s too small is annoying. You may not be able to shower and run your dishwasher at the same time, for instance. If you are struggling with a water heater that’s not the right size for your home or your family, it may be time to get a new one.
  • Does your water get hot enough? If you like your water pretty hot and it’s just not getting there, it may be time to replace your water heater. Give us a call. We’ll come out and let you know if your water heater problems are repairable or if your heater is just getting older and not working quite so well.
  • How old is your water heater? Most water heaters are built to last 8-10 years. If yours is older than that, it may be time to think about replacing it. While some people like to wait until the current heater stops working, the truth is that this is a big hassle. If your heater is old, think about replacing it before you run out of hot water entirely.
  • How high are your utility bills? Older water heaters don’t work as efficiently as many of the newer ones. This means that you will spend more on your utilities with an older heater. If you feel like your utility bills are out of control, it may be time to consider getting a new water heater.

If you’d like to talk about replacing your water heater, give us a call. Our experienced plumbers will look at your current heater and give you their expert opinion. If you decide to replace your heater right now, we’ll help you select one that is the right size and type for your home and your needs. Then, we’ll help get it ordered, delivered, and installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Fix your running toilet

Do you feel like your toilet never shuts off? Maybe it stops running eventually, but it runs a long time before it gets there. Either way, you’re wasting money on water when your toilet keeps running, and the ongoing sound is enough to drive many people crazy. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to diagnose and fix your running toilet.

  1. Turn off the water. There is usually a valve underneath or behind the toilet that will let you turn off that water just to the toilet. If that is stuck or you can’t find it, though, you can always turn off the water to your whole house. This stops the toilet from running and will give you a chance to find the leak.
  2. Check your flapper. If the flapper in your toilet is broken, torn, or has gotten old and doesn’t seal well anymore, your toilet will leak. Check your flapper for cracks or holes, and make sure it is covering the drain the way it should. If it’s not, go to the hardware store, get an identical one, and replace it.
  3. Test your fill valve. If the problem isn’t in your stopper, it might be in your fill valve. Flush the toilet, then lift up on the float arm. If the water stops, adjust the arm so that the toilet will fill up to about ½” below the top of the overflow pipe. If it’s still leaking, replace your fill valve with an identical one from the hardware store.

If you try all of these options and your toilet still runs all the time, it’s probably time to call in a professional. Give us a call, and we’ll send out an expert Rosenthal plumber to get your toilet working the way it’s supposed to. Remember, you’ll save money in the long run when you aren’t paying elevated water bills every month.

Replacing your shower head

Is your shower head not working right? Maybe it sprays water everywhere or it doesn’t have the water pressure that it used to. Or maybe you just want to try a different shower head or you’re going for a new look in your bathroom. No matter the reason why you’re changing your shower head, it’s easy to do on your own.

First, choose your new shower head. Consider the color of the other fixtures in your bathroom, as well as any special features you would like it to have. Many people like massaging shower heads, while other people prefer ones that sprinkle water like rain

Next, remove your old shower head. You may simply be able to turn it to the right and unscrew it. If that doesn’t work, use some slip-joint pliers with electrical tape or a towel between the pliers and the shower head to ensure you don’t scratch its surface.

Before you install your new shower head, clean the threads where you will screw it on. Depending on what you find on there, this may be as easy as wiping it with a cloth. However, you may need to use some solvents to dissolve rust, minerals, and more.

Wrap some Teflon tape around the threads, pushing it down into each one as much as possible. Finally, screw your shower head onto the tape, over the threads. They should help it seal, so water doesn’t spray everywhere when it runs into the shower head.

If you are installing a hand-held showerhead or one that is more complex than a simple fixed head, follow the directions on the package. You may decide that you want to call a plumber if it looks more complex than what you’re comfortable with. We would be happy to send one of our skilled Rosenthal plumbers to make sure your shower head gets installed perfectly the very first time.