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  1. Plumbing emergencies can cause serious damage to your property, which besides costing you a lot of money, will most definitely make your everyday life uncomfortable. The best way to deal with plumbing issues is to perform regular maintenance and this is exactly what I am going to share with you in this article. Here are the ultimate tips to follow for dealing with all problems before they actually occur: Watch out for trouble The easiest thing to do in order to spot trouble with the plumbing system is to regularly examine it for leaks. Even the smallest leak can cause enormous water damage over time, so every sign of possible plumbing failure means it’s time to act! Fix issues early Even though small leaks doesn’t seem like a big deal, they need to be fixed immediately or they will cause damage to other parts of the plumbing systems. For example, leaky faucets actually wear out the sink and also cause the growth of mold! Keeping all issues fixed on time and learn how to stay on top of these problems. Prepare emergency plan In case of a plumbing emergency, there are certain steps that you need to follow – the first thing to do is to find the main shut-off valve and turn down the home water supply. In some cases these are hidden or require additional tools in order to be turned-off, so make sure you are prepared with all the tools you need in case of an emergency. Don’t panic, this is pretty much the worst thing you can do in case of an emergency. Turning off appliances Besides the main shut-off valve for the home’s water supply, you also need to know how to turn off all electric appliances that use this water. In case any of these fails, shutting down fast can save you from a lot of cleaning and possible even water damage! The sewer valve In some cases, the toilets are overflowing due to plumbing problems and knowing where the sewer valve is will definitely save you precious time, especially if you have hired a professional to help you with the emergency. Handling small issues You don’t need loads of knowledge and experience to tackle small plumbing issues around the home. You actually need just few tools and you are ready to solve some of the most common plumbing issues that occur in every household. If you want to increase your skillset, there are dozens of how-to books available at the local home improvement store and also online. Keeping the plumbing safe during the winter Probably the worst enemy of your home’s plumbing system is the cold weather. If you live in an area where the temperatures fall below zero during the winter on regular basis, keeping the plumbing safe during the winter is pretty much essential. What to do when the pipes freeze? In case the pipes freeze, first don’t panic and second follow the emergency routine you have supposedly created so far. Turn off the water supply to the clogged area and remember to never use an open flame when warming a frozen pipe. Once the water flow is restored, carefully examine the pipe for leaks or cracks. In cases when there are any signs of damage, you should call professional plumbers like Plumber Services Dublin.
  2. Green Water?

    Water is often taken for granted in a home, but it takes a lot of energy to get water from the source to your kitchen, bathroom, garden and laundry room. Eco-friendly plumbing practices can greatly reduce the cost of getting a good water supply as well as help save water resources. Most of the antiquated and inefficient plumbing fixtures use a lot of water. A plumber can install energy efficient water heaters, shower heads and toilets, but there are a lot more ways to reduce water consumption without changing your lifestyle. Rain Water Harvesting For those who have the climate, it’s worth setting up a rain water harvesting system outside their home. Depending on the material of the base that the water runs off, the collected water can be used for flushing toilets, watering the garden, washing the car and other things. Collecting rain water not only reduces your dependence on treated water from reservoirs and rivers, it also reduces erosion and pollution from storm water run-off. Grey Water Systems Grey water is the waste water from showers, sinks, laundry, dishwashers and places other than the toilet. It is about 80 per cent of the water that leaves your home. A plumber can install a grey water recycling system, so this water can be funneled into your toilet and other places. Tankless Water Heaters Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular. These water heaters only heat the water you need. They don’t heat and reheat a whole tank of water day or night whether you use it or not. They reduce energy costs by up to 50 per cent. In some places, there are tax credits given to people who install a tankless water heater. These heaters give hot water on demand, so you don’t need to let the water run for a few minutes waiting for it to turn hot. If you have a conventional water heater, it saves water to catch the water you are waiting to turn hot in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet or to brush your teeth. Watering the Garden You may have an enviable lawn or masses of blooming flowers every year and can’t bear the thought of reducing the water you give them. There is a way to keep you garden well watered and cut water use. A large percentage of water that flows through the air from a hose or sprinkler evaporates before it reaches your plants. Drip irrigation will cut water use up to 70 per cent. There are also sensor-based irrigation control technologies that water according to the plants’ requirements and the weather. Solar Power You can heat the water in your swimming pool with solar power, and run the pump. There are many garden fixtures such as lighting and fountains that run on solar power.