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Plumbing Practices Can Be Environmentally Friendly

Sep 16, 2008
A typical American home uses approximately one-hundred gallons of water per day, and according to the 2007 census, there are over one-hundred and eleven million households in the U.S. So, making some of the smallest changes to your own plumbing system can not only save you money now, but a potentially significant amount of money over time. And if everyone made these changes it would make a huge positive impact on the environment.

You can use a water filtering system in your home to purify enough water to fill more than three-thousand disposable plastic water bottles every year. You would save money by not paying the store mark up on bottled water (and you would know for sure where the water was coming from). A by-product of crude oil is used to produce disposable water bottles, every year more than sixteen million barrels of oil are used in the creation of all of the bottles used in the U.S. By reducing the number of bottles we throw away, we reduce our dependence on crude oil.

Bottled or tap: A water filtration system attached to your faucet (or free-standing) can purify enough water to fill up more than 3,000 disposable plastic water bottles every year. Globally, 38 billion disposable plastic water bottles are thrown out every year. Cutting down on the use of these disposable bottles also reduces crude oil dependency -crude oil by-product is used in plastic water bottle manufacturing, approximately 17 million barrels of oil are used every year just to meet America's demands for these plastic water bottles. Buy a reusable bottle and fill it with water you filter yourself, you'll save money and the environment.

Leaking faucets aren't just annoying, they also cost you money. Fixing them keeps your money from going down the drain. On average, between twelve and thirteen gallons of households' water use is water wasted by faucet, toilet, and pipe leaks. One leaking faucet can waste over seventy gallons a day and a leaking toilet can waster more than one-hundred and ninety gallons each day. It's worth it to fix leaks yourself or calling a plumber to do it for you, you will save money in the long run.

When leaky pipes can't be repaired because of too many pinhole leaks or another systemic problem, what can you do? Traditionally the solution has been to replace your plumbing system -to repipe, but that means cutting walls open and tearing out pipes. So not only are you throwing away the old pipes and the drywall that had to be removed to get at them, but then you need to replace them with new pipes and drywall. Manufacturing these new materials has an environmental impact.

An alternative to wasting pipes and drywall is epoxy pipe lining -- CuraFlo's epoxy pipe lining system is an environmentally friendly alternative to repipe. It takes less time than pipe replacement and generally costs less. Pipes are cleaned out and epoxy lined through connections to your existing plumbing fixtures and valves, nearly or completely eliminating the need to cut open walls. And best of all, epoxy lining your pipes can prevent erosion and corrosion damage to your pipes that led to the need for repair or replacement in the first place.

An alternative to wasting pipes and drywall is epoxy pipe lining -- CuraFlo's epoxy pipe lining system is an environmentally friendly alternative to repipe. It takes less time than pipe replacement and generally costs less. Pipes are cleaned out and epoxy lined through connections to your existing plumbing fixtures and valves, nearly or completely eliminating the need to cut open walls. And best of all, epoxy lining your pipes can prevent erosion and corrosion damage to your pipes that led to the need for repair or replacement in the first place.
About the Author
Brian LeMaire is President of CuraFlo and has been in the plumbing industry since 1981. He is a qualified Journeyman plumber in all of Canada as well as a State registered plumbing contractor in Ohio. Find out more about Leaky pipes at curaflo, or ask questions about leak repair at the Pipe Problems blog
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