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Summer Season Means Water Conservation Season

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When you hear summer you don’t think about conserving water, most likely you want to use more water. You are thinking about family vacations and getting together with friends.  There are many ways to conserve water during the hot scorching months.  None of us want the well to run dry or have a high water bill right?  In this blog, you will learn ways to conserve water inside the home.


When you walk into the kitchen your main concerns are getting supper ready for a hungry, hot, tired family and washing that sink full of dishes. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a dishwasher to save themselves from dish pan hands.  If you have to wash dishes by hand don’t let the water run.  Fill one side of your sink with soapy water and the other with rinse water.  Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while scraping off any leftover food.

When you get up to start your day grab a designated drinking glass; use that glass for the whole day.  You’re not only saving on the number of dirty glasses that need washed but also the amount of water you are filling the sink with to wash them.

While you’re cooking your fabulous favorite dinner there are a few ways you can conserve the amount of water being used.  Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the faucet.  Cook food in as little water as possible.  Not only are you saving on water but also retaining more nutrients.  Once you are finished cooking use any leftover water for a nutritional soup.  This will help in getting eight glasses of water a day!  Collect the water used to rinse vegetables and fruit; reuse on plants hanging around the house.   How many of us have dropped an ice cube on the floor?  The first place you think of throwing it is the sink right?  A little dirt won’t hurt a house plant or flower beds!

Laundry Room

Doing laundry is an everyday never ending battle for families.  We are going to discuss a few ways you will be able to conserve water while getting the laundry cleaned and smelling fresh.

We all sort our laundry right?  Washing your dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy.  Here’s the best part, your dark clothes will retain their bright brilliant colors!  In a hurry, and only need a few items washed?   The larger the load the better.  No matter how many articles of clothing you are washing, the amount of water is the same.  By washing full loads you could save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month.

Contact Tri-County Pump Service for a free water analysis!


The Bathroom is one of the biggest areas where we can all save on our water usage.  Whether it is the toilet flushing, the shower running or using the bathroom sink.  Following some simple tips can save you $100’s even $1,000’s a month.

Cutting shower times to under five minutes will save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month!  I know you’re probably thinking really?  Yes, REALLY!  When washing your hair turn the water off while you are lathering the shampoo.  Do you have small children or would you rather take a bath?  Plug your drain in the tub BEFORE running water.  You can always adjust the temperature while the tub is filling.

We all brush our teeth at least twice a day, turning off the water while you’re brushing can save one to four gallons of water a minute.  For the men in the household, you shave standing at the bathroom sink looking in the vanity mirror.  Instead of running the water, plug the sink and run some water for rinsing your razor after each stroke.  That alone will save you up to 300 gallons a month in water.

Toilet leaks are silent and a major waste in water!  A few tips in keeping the leaks under control are put some food coloring in your toilet tank, if it runs into the toilet bowl without flushing you may have a slow leak. After you flush does the flapper not close properly?

Contact Griffith Plumbing at and one of our experienced technicians will be more than happy to come out and fix any plumbing issues causing the leak and replacing the flapper.

Painless Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathroom Remodeling - Toilets, Tubs, Sinks & FaucetsWinter weather has arrived and it’s a great time to consider home renovations. Bathroom renovations can be intimidating but with the right preparation, planning, and resources, it can be a very rewarding experience. So where do you start? Evaluate the space, select colors, determine fixtures needed, find a plumber or contractor….so many decisions. Relax, here are ways to help you plan and execute a beautiful new bathroom.

Plan, Plan, Plan….

The key to a successful bathroom remodel is planning out the entire project and considering all the options. Are you replacing the tub, shower, toilet, flooring, cabinets, sink, faucets, plumbing, lighting, and moving the walls? These decisions need to be made in this process. Visit a plumbing showroom or visit online sites such as Pinterest and Houzz to capture your inspiration.
What is your color scheme? Toilets, sinks and other bathroom fixtures typically come in white, bone or ivory. If you are looking for a different color this may require a special order and additional time. You need to select tile colors/finishes and faucet tone (brass, nickel, brushed nickel, etc.). This is the time to make these selections. Your selections are not set in stone until you purchase the items, at this point we are just planning.

Evaluation of the Bathroom Remodel

Once you have ironed out all the design details, evaluate your skill level and decide if a professional is needed. Can you do the demolition? This is the time to contact a plumber, electrician, carpenter, cabinet installer, flooring contractor or tile installer. Be sure to get estimates and choose reliable contractors. It is always prudent to research the contractor and look for references or reviews on the internet. Consider whether a permit will be needed for the renovation (a contractor can help you with this).
You need to take some time to price your plumbing fixtures, faucets, and other materials needed to complete your project. Create your budget and remember to add a little for incidentals such as switches, outlets and repairs that may be uncovered.
Create a work schedule to plan the sequence of work and time needed for the project. Your contractors can sometimes assist you in this area. Having a schedule in place will help your project progress smoothly.

Execution – The Bathroom Remodel Begins!

Your budgets and schedules are set, your choices are made, permits are obtained, now it’s time to get the renovation started! Demolition of the existing bathroom fixtures begin. Follow your schedule and track your budgets. Before you know it, your beautiful new bathroom will be complete!