Plumbers In Cape Town

How You Too Can Save Water by Going Green

There has never been a greater need than right now to save water. While doing so, you can do your part by adding your own carbon footprint. Besides, going green will definitely save you money, and you get to do your part for the environment in more ways than one. What are some of the ways that you can implement to go green in your house? Let’s take a closer look at some innovative money saving methods.

Saving Water and Money at Home

  • One way is to check if your toilet is leaking. This can be accomplished by adding a couple of drops of food dye in your cistern. Should the colour seep into the toilet bowl, then it is a sure indication of a leak. It is time to call a reputable plumber to have it fixed immediately. You are potentially wasting about 30 litres of water in an hour.
  • Your bathroom alone presents you with plenty of opportunity to save on electricity and water. You do not have to break the bank to get this right as you only need to replace your current fittings in your bathroom with water efficient options.
  • It is far more cost effective to rather shower than bath. If you feel you really need to bath, then why not consider running a little less water, or even sharing your bath.
  • If your toilet does not already have a dual-flush mechanism installed, then it is time you bring your part in saving a huge amount of water. There are some issues though in that you will come across various types of dual-flush mechanisms. Rightfully, you should get some advice from your local plumber as to which one would be best suited.
  • Investing in low-flow showerheads is another way to save a huge amount of water. As it uses a water flow restrictor, it is a great way to reduce water use by 50 percent. What is more, these bathroom accessories are very affordable. Your plumber will have it installed for you in a jiffy as they would insert it into the back end of your showerhead.
  • For those of you who happen to be blessed with older taps around your house, you can always purchase a few Eco-efficient aerators in order to maintain a constant pressure, which in turn will ensure you use far less water than usual. For best fitting advice, it is highly recommended that you consult your plumber first.

There is no need to sacrifice your comforts within the kitchen or bathroom area. Making a few changes here and there with the help of licensed plumbers in and around Cape Town, without costing you an arm and a leg, is all you need to help you save water and money.

It would be far better to let a licensed plumber come to your house and conduct a few inspections in and around your home to check for leaks, and consider potential upgrades so you too can go green and help save water in good old South Africa. It is not all that hard to make a few sacrifices, which in turn will help you save money.

Tips for Saving Water and Electricity for 2014

With ever rising monthly household running costs, saving a litre of water every so often adds up to costs savings in the long run. Here are a few interesting and innovative ways to save water and electricity.

1. Your Toilet

Okay I know its difficult to recycle toilet water. I can not imagine anyone trying to do this. But consider submerging two-three brick into the cistern? The result is less you need a smaller volume of water to fill it up! So every time you flush you’re saving water.

2. Your Geyser

We had a timer switch installed that runs for 20 minutes in the morning before my alarm wakes me up for work, and also for 40 minutes in the evening while we are having our dinner. That’s right, only one hour per day instead of the full 24 hours. The geyser warms the water to a warm enough temperature for a shower in the morning and for a hot relaxing bath in the evenings. I have no idea why people would want their geysers running 24 hours a day when you only need it for once or twice a day. Call us for timer switches if you would like to save on power, which lessens your carbon footprint.

3. Your Swimming Pool

If you have a swimming pool you already know it costs you money to keep refilling your pool, especially in the hot dry summer periods. We decided to invest in a pool cover! The result is a cost saving of approximately 200 rand a month. The pool cover simply retains the water that would otherwise have evaporated.

4. Rain Water

How much natural rain water are you using instead of using your hosepipe? Considering the high average rainfalls we have in the Western Cape, it makes sense to catch some of that water for re-use. Consider installing 5kl water storage tanks with outlet taps.

Do you have any tips and tricks that will save water? Send them to us and we will consider your input and publish along with this article.

Useful tips

Leaky Cistern – A clever way of checking to see if your toilet cistern is leaking is to put in some food colouring.

Blocked Sinks – If you are using a plunger, trying to unblock a blocked sink, cover up the overflow holes with a damp cloth. This helps build up the pressure.

Know the location of your main shut off valve – In case of a major incident – such as a pipe bursting – where you might need to immediately shut off all of the water in the home, it’s critical to know where the main water valve is located. This valve is usually located next to the water meter and should be kept in good condition. To maintain your home’s main water valve and keep it in working order, open and close it once a year.

 

Why you need to use a professional plumber

Plumbing consists not only of pipes, drains, valves and tubing but consists also of highly trained professionals called plumbers.

Usually when people discover a leak or breakage in their pipes in or around their property they are swift to settle for a quick fix and avoid calling a professional plumber to get the job done.

People often think of the costs involved in phoning a plumber, costs they are not prepared to pay in the short run but in the long run just picking up the phone and calling the plumber would benefit them far more than trying to fix the problem themselves.

Often, fixing plumbing yourself instead of phoning someone trained for the job could cost you much more than the callout costs of just simply phoning the plumber.

One of the reasons to phone a plumber is because of this exact factor. A plumber could save you thousands of rands, yes the initial costs might be a lot but plumbers are trained to fix a problem and deal with the source of the problem once and for all.

When unskilled, self appointed plumbers attempt to fix something licensed plumbers took years to learn and become professional in, they might just mess things up worse than they started out with.

The following should only be attempted by skilled plumbers:

Geysers – When working with geysers the dangers and risks involved for a unskilled person is significantly higher than when a qualified plumber comes to the job.

Insurance claims – When significant damage is happening in a house because of a plumbing issue, never try to fix it yourself. Call a plumber as soon as possible and rather use a reliable plumber that has a registered business. Makes sure the plumber is licensed. If you fix the broken pipe or issue yourself you might just end not being able to claim any money from your insurance company.

Blocked drains – On things like blocked drains,  you can do more damage than actually getting it unstuck. Rather phone a professional plumber to do the job. This might just save you a lot of money and a lot of dirty work in the end.

 


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  • 24 Hour Emergency Plumbing services
  • We also do bathroom renovations
  • Solar heating and Irrigation systems
  • Leak detection
  • Swimming pool pumps or leaks
  • Showers, toilets and basins
  • Burst pipes and Geyser installations
  • Plumbing repairs
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