Roto-Rooter reaches more customers than any other plumbing repair company in the U.S. or Canada so we believe our conservation efforts can influence and inform a great number of people. We are committed to conserving water and repairing broken sewer pipes that allow dangerous sewage to leach into the ground, sometimes contaminating fresh water supplies. As plumbers, one of our responsibilities is to prevent diseases from reaching our water supplies, oceans, rivers and lakes. The ROTOGreen program brings advanced, water-conserving products to the forefront for both residential and commercial properties.
Roto-Rooter’s ROTOGreen program makes it easy for our residential and commercial customers to go green, conserve water and save money on utility bills. Our plan takes a simple but effective approach to conservation.
We can have an immediate impact on water usage by making existing toilets, sinks and showers as efficient as they can be, and when new fixtures are required, we recommend those that meet or exceed the EPA’s WaterSense standards.
We’re making smarter choices and we invite our customers to do the same. Roto-Rooter compared its standard replacement plumbing parts and fixtures with the latest water-saving parts. Wherever possible, we replaced our inventory of parts with “green” ones that use less water without sacrificing quality, durability or customer comfort. In almost every case, the green parts cost the same or less than our old parts and that means our customers won’t pay more to go green!
Are we doing enough? No way. But we feel we’re off to a great start. Roto-Rooter is learning how to be a greener plumbing company and we’re committed to bringing smart green products and services to the market as quickly as possible. We welcome your suggestions on how Roto-Rooter can become a greener company offering greener services.
“Going green” is more than a slogan – for many, it’s a way of life. If you’re building or remodeling your home or business facility, there are several easy ways to help the environment. While eco-friendly building materials may cost more up front, having more efficient materials at the core of your home or business can lead to lowered energy costs and make up the difference – and more – in a matter of years.
Some of the most popular eco-friendly building supplies include the following:
If you ever need recommendations for going green, Roto-Rooter can help. Specifically, our ROTOGreen program provides the expertise and knowledge you need to upgrade your residence or place of business with more energy- and water-efficient fixtures.
If you’re looking to upgrade or change your water heater, consider all your options, including a tankless hot water heater. Also known as demand water heaters, they make use of a gas burner or electric element to heat water when you need it. Each tankless hot water heater usually delivers 2-5 gallons of hot water per minute, with gas-fired heaters producing a higher flow rate than electric heaters. Do your research to determine whether a tankless hot water heater may be the right choice for your household.
Here are six benefits of going tankless:
Tankless hot water heaters do cost more upfront than the average conventional water heater, due to piping, venting, and installation costs. Weigh the pros and cons of choosing a tankless hot water heater and make your decision armed with all the necessary information.
Living here in Traverse City, Michigan, especially through the bitter cold winters, there’s something to be said for a water heater that spouts out instant hot water on demand! Not only do tankless water heaters offer immediate warmth and comfort, they take up less space and are more efficient—reducing energy costs by about 25% annually. But before you rush out to buy one, learn the facts about both tankless and conventional water heaters from ROTO-ROOTER’s Traverse City plumbers, and decide which one is right for you:
California recently put into effect statewide mandatory conservation steps that established a goal of cutting water usage by 25%. While California makes this mandatory, its not a bad idea for the rest of the world to look at California like a role model. That may sound difficult, and for households already in water conservation mode, it might be. However, for a typical residential home, there are many ways to cut water usage that make a big difference but which are barely noticeable to the residents themselves. Roto-Rooter’s ROTOGreen program makes it easy for homeowners to cut water usage. And for the DIY crowd, many of these steps can be fully implemented without the aid of a plumber. Here are five simple areas where you can cut water usage.
You may not realize it, but all that dirty work you do in the kitchen contributes to the 400 gallons of water wasted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA also found that the average household’s leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water, so be sure to double check all your kitchen appliances for any signs of pooling. If so, you’re most likely dealing with a cracked pipe or faulty machinery. Contact Roto-Rooter Traverse City right away so someone can come check it out for you.
In the meantime, here are three ways to conserve water in the kitchen:
If you’re someone who typically washes the dishes off before putting them in the dishwasher, consider skipping this unnecessary step from here on out. Doing so could save up to 10 gallons of water per every cycle.
By constantly keeping a full pitcher of water in your fridge, you’ll save both time and water when getting a drink: time in the sense that you won’t have to wait for freezing water to flow out, and water in the sense that you aren’t just running a constant stream until it reaches your desired temperature.Start stocking up on those pitchers and keep one (or multiple ones) in your refrigerator at all times!
If you don’t have the luxury of a dishwasher, you probably wash your dishes under an open tap. This is a huge waste, considering the fact that this method can use up to 20 gallons of water at a time. Instead, fill the sink up with water (a large bucket or bowl works too) and close your taps. Just refill it when the water starts getting dirty. By simply closing the taps every time you do the dishes, you could save up to 10 gallons of water.
For more information on sealing those cracked pipes or putting an end to your leaky kitchen appliances, contact your Northern Michigan Roto-Rooter professionals today.
When your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine.
Doing laundry isn’t exactly a fun activity (well, not for most people, anyway), but it’s a necessary household chore. That’s why, when your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine. Most of us depend on our washers and dryers to do the heavy lifting for us – it’s not really feasible to wash everything by hand. So, if your washer is over flowing, here’s what you can do to fix it:
Remember that any time water starts flooding in your home – especially when it involves something electrical – it can be very dangerous for you, not to mention any kids or pets that could be running around. The first thing you should do is turn off the electricity that runs to your washing machine directly from the fuse box. It’s not a good idea to touch or unplug the machine’s power cord when there’s water everywhere.
There are a few common reasons your washing machine may be overflowing. Here are some things you can check:
Many washer overflow issues are easily fixed, but if you aren’t sure what the problem is or how to repair it, don’t worry. Give Roto-Rooter a call and we’ll send a plumbing professional your way.
New appliances can cost lots of money. Speaking as a homeowner who recently bought a new washing machine and dryer and one who will probably have to buy a new dishwasher before the end of the year, I can tell you this from personal experience. But speaking as a representative of the world’s largest plumbing repair service, I can also tell you that you should make a few improvements on new appliances before you hook them up in your home. Our plumbers see lots of water damage and much of it is caused by cheap, unreliable water supply lines and valves.
Most of today’s appliances are super reliable and technologically sophisticated. As a result, most folks can’t handle their own appliance repairs by themselves. But there are some things that the average person can do and should do at the time of installation. I can sum it all up in four words: braided stainless steel hoses. You can buy braided stainless steel water supply hoses for your washing machine, your dishwasher and your refrigerator’s water supply line. Yes, they definitely cost a little more than the plastic or rubber lines and hoses that come with your appliance but they are worth every penny. Steel hoses will outlast plastic and rubber by many years and they’re far less likely to spring a leak and flood your home. An appliance flood could easily cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs to your home. The hoses will only cost you a few extra bucks.
There is no substitute for reliability and if you want long-term peace of mind, disconnect the cheap water lines that the manufacturer included with the appliance and go immediately to your local home or hardware store and buy braided steel hoses of the same length with the same connection ends. Be sure they’re actually steel hoses because I’ve seen braided plastic lines that look like steel but aren’t as good aren’t as reliable.
If you have to replace your water heater, unscrew the plastic drain valve at the bottom before you hook up the water heater. Take the drain valve to the hardware store and buy a high-quality brass drain valve of the same size and type. Wrap the threads with Teflon tape then thread the valve onto the water heater tank. I can’t tell you how many times those cheap plastic valves break apart or go bad within a few short years.
Our Traverse City, Michigan Plumbers recommend these simple tips below to keep your washing machine running smoothly and your laundry room in order.
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Your washing machine is likely one of the most commonly used large appliances in your home. As such, it is just as susceptible to plumbing problems and issues as any other appliance. Nobody wants to deal with a flood in their basement or laundry room caused by a bad valve or ruptured water hose. Along with creating a big mess to clean up, a flooding washing machine can waste a great deal of water, costing you more money and frustration in the long run.
In most cases, the older your washing machine, the more susceptible it is to flooding and other common problems. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to help prevent your washing machine from flooding:
Half the necessary maintenance on any washing machine is simply keeping it clean and dust-free, both on the inside and the outside. Make sure to regularly clean out the detergent and fabric softener compartments to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
As good practice, make sure to run the washer only when it is full (do not overfill the machine, either!) and use just enough detergent and fabric softener. Many plumbing companies recommend using biodegradable detergents to help protect your machine, clothing, and septic system. Routinely using a drain cleaning product can also help to keep your drains clean and clog-free. Roto-Rooter plumbers of Traverse City, Michigan can provide you with more information on what you can do to maintain your household appliances and help prevent flooding.