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Make The Switch To Energy-Efficient Plumbing

Make The Switch To Energy-Efficient Plumbing

Most Americans are unaware of how much water they use, let alone how much they waste. We are a country whose water supply is decreasing, but our use is increasing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Sense report, every American uses an average of 100 gallons of water at home each day, yet we all can use 30 percent less by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances in our homes. Water Sense is a program created in 2006 and encourages consumers to use energy-efficient bathroom faucets, showerheads and faucet accessories in their homes. Saving Water Saves Energy Reducing your water use has multiple benefits. In addition to protecting our important water supplies, saving water saves energy. According to the EPA, if all American households installed water-efficient appliances, we would save more than three trillion gallons of water and more than 18 billion dollars per year.  The bottom line is that if we invest now in energy-efficient plumbing we can help protect the water supply for the future. The professional plumbers at Crawford Mechanical Services are ready to help you implement an energy-efficient plan. Here are some ways to consider making the switch to energy-efficient plumbing. High-Efficiency Showerheads We all love our showers, but did you know they are accountable for nearly 20 percent of an average household’s water use? It’s easy to lower this average simply by replacing an older model with an ultra-low-flow showerhead. But, don’t worry, just because it’s called ultra-low-flow, it still offers a powerful shower stream. You’ll save on your energy bill as well because your water heater will not have to work nearly as hard. Water Saving Faucets Did...
The Dangers of Natural Gas Leaks

The Dangers of Natural Gas Leaks

Our lives are powered by the electricity and fuel running through the wiring and piping that surround our homes and businesses. For all the benefits of these services, they are not without their risks. In particular, the ability of natural gas to combust makes it hazardous when even a small leak occurs. Keep reading to learn how gas leak explosions happen and how to prevent them. What Causes a Gas Leak Explosion? The most common cause of a gas leak is a faulty connection between the pipes that are carrying the gas and the appliances that use it. When the fittings are improperly sealed or installed, the small particles can slip out and invade the surrounding area. Many of these fittings are located in enclosed or obscure locations, such as a closet, which allows even a small leak to create a buildup of gas. Once that happens, all it takes is a hot day or a random spark to set off an explosion that can destroy property and damage lives. Preventative Care and Inspections An old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most problems are easier to deal with in advance instead of when they become a serious issue, and the piping that carries your gas is no different. A robust inspection by a professional gas line plumber can identify all of the piping, fittings, and appliances that comprise your building’s system. With a clear picture of how gas is moving throughout your home, it becomes easy to check and verify that all of the disparate pieces are working as intended before they become...