Leaky Facts

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Leaks may simply seem bothersome, but they are also costly and they can cause a great deal of damage over time. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is beginning to run a little low on potable water, and that makes the US EPA a bit concerned. They posted a list of facts concerning leaks on their website, and today I am sharing a portion of those facts and hints with you:

“Faucets and Showerheads:

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If you are replacing a showerhead, look for one that has earned the WaterSense label.

Toilets:

  • If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
  • If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for a WaterSense labeled model. If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save 13,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family nearly $2,400 in water and waste water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.”

If you have a leak, no matter how small, call us. Once it gets bigger, the cost and time to repair the leak and any damage it has caused gets significantly larger!!

Lucien Rizio

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

What Does IRC Plumbing Do?

Plumber, Sebastian, Plumber Vero, Plumber MelbourneI met someone the other day who asked me what I do for work, and I told him that our company is called IRC Plumbing. He said tell me more, so I said:

“IRC Plumbing is local, we are licensed, and we are insured. At IRC, we can take care of plumbing of any sort, from  new construction, remodels, drain cleaning, well pumps, disposals, toilets, sinks, faucets, valves…. the list goes on!! If water runs through it, we do it!!

With years of experience, a solid work ethic and a can do attitude, we are happy to do the job right, and to make sure that you are happy with OUR work.

From installing new plumbing, to working with your architect on your new custom home or commercial building, to helping you figure out why your water bill is so high this month? We do it all.
Is your toilet refilling when not in use or not flushing like it should? Do you have one of those annoying drip, drip, drips? Don’t go crazy, just call us, we can figure out what’s wrong and fix it for you!”

If you still want to know more about what we do, check out our Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/sebastianplumber

Vanessa Lynne

Lucien Rizio

Plumber

How to avoid a drain cleaning or repair

 

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

When in doubt if something should go down the drain, toss it in the trash!

Never pour grease down your drain!  Grease solidifies when it cools and will solidify inside your plumbing and cause blockages.  Collect grease in a spare container, wait for it to solidify, then dispose of it in the trash.

Your garbage disposal is not a turkey, don’t stuff it. Don’t use it as a trashcan.

Always run with cold water before starting the disposal, during disposing and keep it running for a bit after turning off the disposal.  That will allow the ground up food particles to flush through the pipes.

Make sure all food scraps are scraped off plates before rinsing dishes.  Excess waste down the drain/disposal will cause backups. Excess food on dishes going in the the dishwasher can prevent proper drainage and cause smells in your dishwasher.

Keep the area around your sink and disposal clear.  The vibration from the disposal can cause kitchen utensils to slip into the disposal and cause it to stop completely.  This also happens with storage units surrounding the toilet, items can and do fall into toilets and cause major blockages.

Avoid leaving paper towels in bathrooms. If toilet paper supplies run empty, guests may reach for paper towels instead, which can stop up toilets.

Don’t offer to host large gatherings if your sewage system tends to run slow. The volume of additional guests can strain your system and cause bathroom backups. There’s no quicker way to ruin a holiday dinner than having a main line backup in your home.

Here is a list of what not to put down your disposal:

  • Pastas or rice- they expand in the water and can clog your drain.
  • Celery, carrots, corn husks, onion skins, artichokes and other stringy or fibrous vegetables
  • Potatoes or skins- the starches will turn into a thick paste and may cause blades to stick
  • Bones
  • Egg shells
  • Coffee grounds-won’t hurt the disposal, but will accumulate in drain and pipes and cause a blockage.

Vero Beach Plumber

If you run into plumbing or drainage  issues , you know who to call!! We will be ready and waiting to take care of all your plumbing needs.  We offer drain cleaning services 24/7.

Our #1 call for a clogged line is due to WIPES WIPES WIPES!!  They are NOT flushable!!

IRC Plumbing Inc.
772-696-DRIP
772-696-3747

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