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Green It (Installment 12)

Schaible's Plumbing - Friday, July 27, 2012

Check faucets for leaks. Leaks don’t just come from dripping faucets (although slow leaks are sometimes overlooked). Water can also leak from the base of a faucet or from the handle base. To check for each:

  • Turn the completely dry faucet handle on with dry hands, cold water only. Observe the faucet base and handle base. If you see water seeping from either, there is a leak. Turn off the cold water and repeat with the hot water handle.
  • A burst washing machine hose can quickly flood your home. Close the washing machine’s water supply at the valve before you leave home for any length of time. If you don’t have hot and cold water shutoff valves specifically for the washing machine’s water supply, you can have a simple single-lever valve installed to make it easy to shut off the entire water supply—both hot and cold water—at once.
  • Run water from time to time in infrequently used plumbing fixtures (such as sinks and toilets), in order to prevent their traps from drying out and letting unhealthy—and potentially dangerous—sewer gas into your home.
  • Clogged drains can push you towards highly toxic or expensive unclogging solutions. Preventive measures are greener and cheaper. Use a drain strainer/protector over the drain to prevent hair from clogging the drain further down the pipe. Before pouring drain cleaner into a clogged drain, check to be sure the problem isn’t hair wrapped around the base of the drain stopper. Many drain stoppers simply unscrew to allow you to remove hair.

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