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Saving Water in Your Shower

New York City plumberWith so much emphasis on saving money in today’s economy and “going green,” your shower can be the first place in your home to start saving water. The average person in America uses 80-100 gallons of water daily, meaning the average American family uses around 300 gallons of water every day. The biggest water usage comes from flushing the toilet, with the second highest coming from baths and showers. Our trained New York City, NY plumbers at Hub Plumbing & Mechanical can offer you solutions to saving water – and money – today.

The most obvious step to conserving water in your shower is to install a low-flow shower head. By cutting back on your showerhead’s GPM (gallons per minute), your home can decrease its daily water intake while still possessing all the pleasures of a pleasing shower. Cutting the flow down to somewhere 1-3 GPM can save you 2-4 gallons per minute when you’re in the shower, saving you money off your home’s water bill. Many low-flow shower heads now come with adjustable pressure restrictors, allowing you to adjust the water flow based on personal preferences. So if you like a stronger shower than your spouse, you two can still both be satisfied.

Other simple solutions to saving water would be to limit your shower time. The average American spends 10 minutes in the shower, wasting water in the process. Installing a shower timer can make you better aware of your shower duration, cutting down the length to a more reasonable time. Simply set your desired time, and an alarm will sound when you have reached your desired length.

Now more than ever, saving water and money is essential for your home. With these simple water-saving tips, you can do just that. For more information about low-flow showerheads and shower timers, contact our local New York City plumbing experts. We can assist you with all your plumbing needs today. Just give us a call at 646-862-7059 or contact us online today.

Go Green for Clogged Drains

There are many methods to cleaning clogged drains. The most popular methods are a plunger and a harsh chemical gel or liquid cleaner. If you want to go green and keep the more toxic chemicals out of your home and pipes, then there are a few things to understand.

Green drain cleaners or “enzymatic” drain cleaners feed on the organic waste in the drain through enzymes. They then digest and reproduce creating “good” bacteria that continues to spread all without the use of harsh or dangerous chemical. Undoubtedly, this is better for your pipes and the rest of your home, yard and family.

If you don’t want to purchase a green drain cleaner, there are plenty of home remedy mixtures for unclogging your drain. Try pouring boiling hot water down the drain. Heat can be a great tool to loosen clumped or crusted waste. Mixtures of baking soda, vinegar, and salt flushed with hot water after sitting for 30 minutes to an hour can also help unclog most drains without the use of harsh or toxic chemicals.

The best way to keep your drain clean is through preventative plumbing maintenance. Clean your sink strainers and stoppers. Don’t pour just anything down your sink or shower drain. Avoid pouring grease and large chunks of food down your drain or disposal. Buy screen covers for your shower drain to avoid hair buildup.

When in doubt, always call the professionals at your local New York City NY plumbing serviceHUB Plumbing & Mechanical is here for all your residential plumbing repair and maintenance. Give us a call or go online to schedule an appointment now.