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Want to Save Money? Get That Leaking Faucet Fixed! 5 Plumbing Tips to Reduce Utility Costs

Drip... drip... drip... that incessant dripping sound of a Mississauga leaking faucet is enough to drive anyone around the bend, but it's more than just an irritating noise—it's an irritating noise that's costing you big time on your monthly water bill.

Mississauga homeowners don't want to pay any more than necessary on their utility bill, but you're being charged for every drip—and you're not even using it! Having a leaking faucet is like actually throwing money down the drain! Mississauga leaking faucet repair could save you a lot of money in the long run by lowering your water usage costs, but that's not the only way a professional plumber will help to keep your hard-earned money in your bank account where it belongs.

We'll explain five plumbing tips that actually save you a considerable amount of money over time. If your utility bill has been increasing and you're tired of wasting money on a leaking faucet, rely on the service professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mississauga to find plumbing solutions that will give your wallet a rest, so you can save your money for more important things. We’ve got services like Mississauga leaking faucet repairs, and helpful tips from professional, local plumbers.

1. Fix Your Mississauga Leak

If you have a Mississauga leaking faucet, the first step toward reducing your utility bill is to have it repaired. While a leaky shower faucet or another type of Mississauga leak isn't going to use as much water as a fully running faucet, the constant, annoying drip does send a surprising amount swirling away down the drain.

The problem could be due to buildup of mineral scale from hard water—Mississauga's water supply is rated moderately hard, which can cause faucet plumbing issues—or it could be due to improper faucet installation or normal wear and tear over time.

If you have the correct tools and some plumbing know-how, you may be able to take care of Mississauga leaking faucet repairs yourself, but if you're not sure what to do, or you don't have the right equipment, then you can rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mississauga to get it fixed quickly and efficiently. If you can avoid using that fixture until it has been repaired, use the fixture shutoff valves to prevent it from dripping in the meantime.

2. Examine Your Toilets

Next, make your rounds and examine each toilet on your property to make sure it is functioning correctly and flow through the toilet is not continuous. While a constantly running toilet might not seem like much of a problem—at least it's quiet and the leak is contained—a malfunctioning toilet is among the biggest water-wasters in any home. It can use thousands of gallons per year, completely unnecessarily, leaving you on the hook to cover costs on your water bill. Not sure if you need to repair or replace? Check out ourguide to toilet repairs and replacement.

3. Test Your Water Meter

Do your faucets, toilets and other plumbing fixtures appear to be in good working order, but your monthly bill has increased and you're not sure why? If you haven’t got a leaking faucet, there could be a hidden leak somewhere in your pipes. Finding out exactly where in your system the problem is occurring is a job for an experienced Mississauga plumber, but you can confirm that you've got a leak by checking out your meter, which is typically located on the outside wall of a home.

Right before everyone in the house goes to bed for the night, make sure all fixtures and appliances are turned off so there's no water flowing. Then grab a pen and a paper, take a look at your meter, and note the position of the indicator, which is usually a small black or red triangle, or a dial arm. In the morning, before you access any fixtures or appliances, check the meter again. If the new reading is higher than it was the night before or the indicator is actively moving, that's a strong indication that your system has a hidden leak.

Mississauga Leak Detection

Our experienced plumbers have a number of advanced, non-invasive tools we can use to detect hidden Mississauga leaks. With video camera inspection, a small camera on a flexible cable is lowered into your drain, where it takes video footage that your plumber can interpret to discover the location of a leaking pipe. We may also use acoustic/sensory devices that can detect slab leaks by measuring the vibrations they cause in the soil.

4. Upgrade Your Water Heater

Did you know your water heater is likely hogging a huge amount of energy? Conventional water heaters use a lot of energy by constantly heating a big tank so it's ready whenever you turn the faucet handle. As the heater ages, it suffers from problems such as mineral buildup and uses more and more energy as it struggles to compensate.

Water heaters only have a lifespan of about 10 years, so if your heater is more than about a decade old and showing signs of trouble, it's time for a replacement. That's not all bad, though—a new, energy-efficient heater can save you as much as 60% of your water heating costs. With those significant savings, it pretty much pays for itself.

You'll save the most by replacing an old, conventional heater with a tankless heater system that pulls cold water through the pipe and heats it on demand before it exits the faucet. A hybrid system that combines a traditional tank-style with a heat pump for increased efficiency is also an option.

Bonus Tip: Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater

There's a really simple way to save on your water heating costs—turn down the temperature. Most heaters are set to around 60 °C by default, but is that really necessary? You want a nice, hot bath but you don't want to be scalded, which is why most people mix in cold water when they're filling the tub. Turning the heater down just 5-10 degrees can save you money, and the temperature will still be just as hot or hotter than you'd want to use.

5. Install Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Speaking of energy-efficient water heaters, installing other energy-efficient fixtures around your Mississauga home can be a huge help in reducing your utility bill. Manufacturers are constantly working on improving their products, and you can get modern faucets (or other fixtures) that lower water usage while still maintaining comfortable water pressure levels. Plus, those new fixtures will be less likely to have problems like a Mississauga leak.

Our installation technicians at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mississauga have experience with all types of faucets, from kitchen faucets to bathroom sink faucets and beyond. You can also save money with energy-efficient appliances, such as dishwashers and laundry machines.

Do You Need Mississauga Leaking Faucet Repairs? Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mississauga Do It!

Whether you're in Fairview, Erindale, Lorne Park, or another part of the Mississauga area, you can trust the skilled plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Mississauga to fix your leaking faucet and find other plumbing solutions that will keep your money in your bank account by reducing utility costs. We are confident in the abilities of our plumbing professionals, which is why we back them with a parts and workmanship guarantee—if it's not done right, we'll make it right!

Give us a call today at 905-817-0210 to request service, and we'll show you why we're considered the top choice for Mississauga drain cleaning, Mississauga plumbing repairs, and other reliable plumbing services!