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Tuesday, August 18 2015

According to the U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA), "the average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount needed to wash 270 loads of laundry."

Leaking toilets are the most common source of household waste. Over time, mineral deposits build up and rubber parts decay.

Here's a quick way to see if you have a problem: 

Just color the water in each of your toilet tanks. You can purchase die tablets for this purpose at your local hardware store or home center. Or you can even use the food coloring you may already have in your pantry. Wait ten to 20 minute. Then check the water in the toilet bowls. Any coloring there is a sure sign that you're toilet is leaking.

NOTE: Just ask your Cape Cod Master Plumbers professional to perform this test whenever he visits your home. We do not charge for this service.

If your toilet(s) are leaking, they should be repaired immediately. Just give Tim a call at 508-317-5525 or schedule a visit online.

If your toilet was installed before 1994, you may well consider replacing it with today's more efficient models. According to the EPA, "If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save 13,000 gallons a year. Retrofiting the house could save the family nearly $2,400 in water and wastewater bills over the lifetime of the toilets."

If you're about to make that change, you may also want to consider today's "comfort height" models. The standard chair height will be far more comfortable for seniors.

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Tuesday, August 18 2015

Flooded home

Before leaving the Cape for the season, be sure to make plans to protect and winterize your home for the off-season.

Here are some troubling facts to consider:

  • Last year, we were called to 167 homes to repair burst pipes.
  • Most of these (145) were summer homes.
  • All of these homes suffered signficant damage.
  • One homeowner alone had to contend with damage in excess of $300,000.

Your Cape Cod Master Plumbers professionals can:

  • Assure that your outside showers and spigots are secure for the winter freeze.
  • Help you identify areas in your home where pipes are vulnerable to winter freezing and take measures to protect the lines.
  • Show you the advantages of installing water sensors, automatic shut-off valves and alarms to protect and alert you anywhere should leaks occur in your home. Such systems can be installed for water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, ice-makers, toilets and more.

Call Tim now at 508-317-5525
or click here to schedule a no pressure/no obligation consultation.


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