Water Conservation

Ready to Switch to a Low Flow Toilet?

The 1990s were not a good time for the toilet industry. When the new law went into effect that limited the amount of water a toilet could use (down to 1.6 gallons), consumers were in for a bad surprise.

7 Gallons per Flush? Oh my!

Toilets had typically used up to 7 gallons of water per flush. While that might have given a bathroom user a sense of security, it wasted an unimaginable amount of our precious water resource each time we pushed down the handle in Lynn, MA.

It was imperative that toilet manufacturers came up with a design that would not only adhere to the EPA water conservation guidelines, but would also “do the job”.

Gravity

What still makes our toilet work the best? Good old-fashioned gravity remains the defining power to make our toilet do its job completely. The difference is that now manufacturers have taken the time to combine gravity with design to produce the most power per flush.

Pressure

Another type of toilet is also available. Pressure-assisted toilets use pressurized air to couple with the maximum 1.6 gallons of water to produce more flushing power. This type of toilet produces a bit more noise, but the extra power can be a benefit.

Dual Flush

I’m sure you’ve heard about them. Australia has always needed to be water conscious. They developed the dual flush toilet. The light flush is only .8 gallons of water, while the full force flush uses all 1.6 gallons of water.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

Tips to Save Water This Summer

SAhhh, water! We rely on water for so many facets of our daily life in Lynn, MA. And while the summer is when we seem to truly appreciate it the most, it is also the time of year that can be extra wasteful.

Here’s a few tips to remind us that saving water should be an every day routine in our lives.

Water the Yard in the Cooler Part of the Day
The hot afternoon sun is no time to water your lawn. The water will begin to evaporate before it gets a chance to soak into the ground. Try the morning or evening when outdoor temperatures are lower.

Toilet Leak Test
The toilet is one of the most common places that will find water leaks. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest to check for. Click here for a Simple Toilet Leak Test that you can do yourself.

Cover the Pool
It only takes a few minutes to cover and uncover the pool. That extra time will help keep water from needlessly evaporating.

You Deserve a Dishwasher
You not only deserve the extra help doing the dishes, it will also save water and energy. Energy star rated models can use as little as 3 gallons of water per load. Washing dishes by hand can use up to 27 gallons.

Car Wash
While washing a car in the driveway to some is a family tradition, an automatic car wash can often use only 40 gallons of water.

Rain Barrel for Your Gutter
Putting a rain barrel under gutter is an excellent way to help the environment. You can then use that water to water plants around the yard.

Shower or Bath?
The relaxing nature of bath is something that cannot be duplicated. But did you realize that the average tub will take between 30-50 gallons of water to fill with hot water. The average shower is only 20 gallons. Today’s latest achievements in shower heads can bring that down to even less … which saves you both water and energy

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Lynn and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to discuss new fixtures for your home, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Save Water This Summer

Summer is only a month away, and many of us are already looking forward to having some water fun that we missed desperately throughout the winter. But first, let’s spend a little time saving water in our homes, and a little cash besides.

Save Water at Home

1. Check for leaks. Leaks are not always as obvious as finding a puddle of water in the middle of your floor. Sometimes you need to go looking for them. They can hide. That can mean wasted water and damage to our homes. Click here for a few tips on how to check for water leaks in your home.

2. Brushing your pearly whites. For every minute you let the faucet run, that could mean 2.5 gallons of water needlessly going down the drain. Turn off the water and take your time performing your daily routine of brushing your teeth.

3. Shower time. Americans love their showers. It can both wake you up to prepare you for the day and then wash away the remnants of that long day at work. Did you know that outdated showerheads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute? Consider updating to a more water efficient one and saving on both your water bills and energy bills.

4. Car wash. Washing your car on a bright sunny day to some is a tradition that has been handed down through generations. Take care to turn off the hose when you are soaping down, or better yet, consider using a car wash that recycles the water instead.

What uses the most water in our homes?

If you guessed toilets … you are absolutely correct! The average American household can use up to 400 gallons of water per day. According to the EPA, our toilet accounts for 24% of that … more than any other item in our homes. What’s the solution? We suggest upgrading to a more efficient toilet!

A WaterSense toilet can save you cash each month, and as a bonus you’ll be doing your part to help save the environment. And while you are considering updating your toilet, think about your showerhead. Showers account for the 2nd most water usage in the home.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Swampscott and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing repairs and installations. If you’d like to find out about the many choices available, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Save Money and Water by Reducing Your Household’s Water Use in Reading, MA

water conservation in AmericaHow much water do you think you use every day? The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that the average person uses roughly 80 to 100 gallons of water each day, if not more. The majority of a person’s household water use takes place in the bathroom, where there are plenty of opportunities for water wasting. But when the whole family learns how to save water, water conservation is a piece of cake!

Regular plumbing maintenance is an important part of water conservation. For example, household leaks can waste as much as 10,000 gallons of water each year! Our green plumbing services in Reading, MA offer the latest in contemporary water conservation solutions that save water while saving you money.

Here’s how to start reducing your household’s water use in Reading, MA and beyond.

 

  • Have a “greener” thumb Create a plan to use native plant species in your lawn and garden — an eco-friendly landscaping practice known as xeriscaping. Native plant species are low maintenance and use much less water than other plants and many require no additional watering.
  • Eat at least vegetarian meal a week From growing the grain to feed farm animals to harvesting the meat, raising animals for food uses a lot of water. You can save more than 3,000 gallons of water simply by swapping just four ounces of beef in your weekly diet with a plant-based option. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you too!
  • Use salvaged water The initial flow of cold water while you wait for your shower to heat up can be used for flushing the toilet or watering household plants. Use a bucket to collect it. Similarly, you can set up rain buckets to reclaim water outdoors and use it to water plants.
  • Don’t be wishy-washy about the dishwasher Washing dishes by hand and pre-rinsing them before loading them in the dishwasher is a waste of time and money. Dishwashers can get dishes cleaner than handwashing while using less water. They run better when full and remember to use the lowest setting needed. A light-wash is usually all it takes!
  • Time to upgrade Outdated plumbing appliances and fixtures are among the biggest culprits of water wasting. You can reduce your household’s total water use by as much as 30% or more just by making the simple switch to water efficient appliances and fixtures.
  • If you must flush…Only do so when there is solid waste. Toilet flushing accounts for nearly 27% of a household’s daily use of 400 gallons of water, so limiting the amount of flushes dramatically reduces this amount. Better yet, upgrade to a low flow toilet!

Energy and water conservation are important to us, and that’s why we’re so passionate about teaching our customers how to save water and money! For eco-friendly plumbing services in Reading, MA that you can count on, call Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc.!

 

How to Know if You Have a Water Leak in Reading, MA or the North Shore

Mold On White Ceiling And Heat PipeWhen a frozen pipe bursts it becomes blatantly obvious that you have a water leak very quickly. But not all leaks are so easy to notice. Some leaks are small or located in an area where they can’t be seen. Even small leaks can cause serious water damages and can cost you extra money on your water bills, so it’s important that you repair these leaks right away. At Waldman Plumbing, we’re here to help you with expert water leak and pipe repairs; all you need to do is give us a call. If you notice one of these signs of a water leaks, take action right away before the problem gets even worse.

You might have a hidden water leak if…

Your water bill is unusually high. This is one of the most common signs of a water leak. You suddenly find yourself paying for more water than you could have possibly used.

Mildew and mold are growing in your home. Mildew and mold love a damp environment to grow in, and unnoticed water leaks often create that environment.

You hear the sound of running water when you’re not using it. Whether the noise comes from your toilet or you’re not sure where it comes from, it’s a surefire sign of a leak.

Your flooring is discolored. Water leaks can damage everything from ceilings to floors to walls, so look for damp spots, blistering wallpaper, and discolored materials.

The water pressure from your plumbing fixtures isn’t as strong as it used to be. As water leaks out from your pipes, the water pressure in your shower, bath, toilet, or faucets may suffer.

Cracks suddenly appear in your home’s foundation. A water leak may be damaging your home’s foundation and structural components.

Our plumbers can repair broken plumbing pipes in Reading, MA and the North Shore. For water leak repairs, give us a call at the first sign of a problem. The sooner you call, the less money you’ll have to spend on wasted water and repairing water damages!

Caring for Your Washing Machine Hoses in Reading, MA & the North Shore

Hose flexible metal braid on a white backgroundMany people make efforts to conserve water in Reading, MA by fixing toilet leaks and dripping faucets. Some people take water conservation to the next level by opting for low-flow plumbing fixtures. But there’s one simple thing that most people forget to do that could save a large amount of water from being lost—a washing machine hose inspection. When a washing machine hose bursts, it can leave your floors, furniture, and other items drenched in water. Burst hoses aren’t just a huge waste of water; they can cause thousands of dollars in water damages in matter of seconds. To prevent a burst washing machine hose you’ll want to inspect your hoses and replace them when necessary. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Inspect Your Washing Machine Hoses in Reading, MA

  • Make sure that your washer is at least four inches away from the wall behind it. This will help to keep hoses from kinking and bending.
  • Check the connections on your hoses once a month to ensure that they are tight. If they’ve come loose, go ahead and tighten them.
  • Look for blisters, worn tubing, or cracks in your hoses.
  • The most common part of the hose to fail is the area near the connection where the hose bends.

Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses in Reading, MA

  • If you spot any signs of wear, replace your hoses immediately.
  • Consider replacing rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses which are less likely to burst.
  • Hoses can deteriorate from the inside out, so be sure to replace your hoses every three to five years even if you don’t see any signs of wear.

When you leave for a vacation, go ahead and turn off the supply valves to the hot and cold water, so that you can be sure your hoses won’t have a problem while you’re gone. We hope sharing these tips will save at least one of our customers from the unpleasant experience of a burst washing machine hose. For more plumbing maintenance tips from the experts click here! At Waldman Plumbing, we’re here to help with any plumbing service you need in Reading, MA and the North Shore—just give us a call!

Why Won’t My Toilet Stop Running? Why Is My Toilet Leaking?

Interior ToiletOur plumbers have been doing toilet repairs in Reading MA and the North Shore for decades. At this point, we know pretty much everything there is to know about toilets. Most importantly, we know how to fix them and when it’s time for a toilet replacement. You can count on us to help you make smart, cost-effective decisions regarding all your plumbing fixtures. Today, we’re discussing causes of common toilet problems.

Problem #1: The Toilet Keeps Running
Usually a toilet that continuously runs when it hasn’t been flushed recently is suffering from a worn out toilet valve. Over time the toilet valve can harden and begin to allow water to escape from the toilet tank to the toilet bowl. This is a problem in need of attention. A running toilet wastes water and will only get worse with time. In many cases, a toilet replacement is not needed. Usually replacing the toilet valve will do the trick.

Problem #2: Leaky Toilets
Toilets can leak for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the wax seal becomes defective and needs to be replaced. Rusted, corroded pipes can also begin to leak water. In rare cases, the porcelain of the toilet tank or bowl can become cracked. In any of these instances, you’ll want to have a Reading toilet plumber take a look at your toilet. If your toilet can be adequately repaired that’s what we’ll do.

Our Plumbers Can Help You Choose a New Toilet
If it is determined that a toilet repair will be insufficient, we can help you to choose a new toilet that will best suit your needs. From low-flow toilets to handicap toilets, we can equip your bathroom with the toilet that makes the most sense for your bathroom.

If your toilet is acting up, give Waldman Plumbing a call before the problem gets worse. Remember, fixing water leaks  will help the environment, as well as help you save money on your water bills!

Dispelling the Myths about Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures in Reading & the North Shore, MA

Wasting MoneyLow-flow toilets and showerheads can conserve water in Reading and the North Shore, but only if residents choose to install them. Unfortunately, these low-flow plumbing fixtures have developed a bit of a bad rap due to a lot of misinformation floating around. At Waldman Plumbing, we’d like to open the door to more of these high-efficiency plumbing fixtures by dispelling some of the myths, because when we conserve water, we help the environment!

The Low-Flow Toilet: Past & Present

Most of the misinformation about low-flow toilets stems from the first-generation low-flow toilets that were available back in the early 1990s. The technology was limited and therefore these toilets had some flaws. They were prone to clogging, required more frequent cleaning, and often needed to be flushed more than once to remove all the waste. But, in 2015, these problems are things of the past. The low-flow toilets that your local plumber can install have advanced technology that makes them far superior to those first-generation low-flow toilets. They do their job quite well in fact, while conserving water with every flush!

The Low-Flow Showerhead: The Trickle Myth

The primary reason that people are reluctant to purchase a low-flow showerhead is because they believe the water that comes out of it will be an inadequate, unpleasant trickle that will ruin their showering experience. This is not the case! A low-flow showerhead will have no adverse effect on your shower water pressure.  You’ll still get full water coverage and a strong spray—the only difference is that you’ll use about half the amount of water each time you shower!

Conserving water in Reading and the North Shore has never been easier than it is now with these improved high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. To start saving on water today, contact Waldman Plumbing for a low-flow toilet or low-flow showerhead installation!