Lowering your household’s water usage has a myriad of benefits, from lowering your monthly utility bills to helping to keep the greater Portland metro area green and lush. By making small changes to the utilities you use everyday with eco-friendly solutions, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in water costs per year and do your part to conserve water.
Eco-friendly plumbing fixtures
- Showerheads: By slowing your showerhead’s water pressure, you can expect to save hundreds of gallons of water per year. Rain-style showerheads (also known as rainheads) are a good switch to make as the waterflow covers a wider area of the shower with less water pressure.
- Faucets: On average, faucets account for more than 15 percent of a household’s water usage. By switching to a restricted flow faucet, an average family can expect to save about 700 gallons per year. These faucets slow water pressure by about 30%, but that won’t make much of a difference while you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
- Toilets: Over the years, toilets have become more energy efficient, but there’s always room for improvement. If your toilet was installed before 1993, it likely uses nearly 2 gallons more of water per flush than modern fixtures. But before replacing that old toilet with a standard one, take a look at dual-flush toilets because they save the most water. Dual-flush toilets have two types of flushes: A weaker pressurized flush for liquid waste to save on water usage and a powerful flush for solid waste.
CIPP: Eco-friendly pipe repair
In the old days, sewer repair would take days or weeks to complete and force homeowners to have their driveways, lawns, sidewalks, floors or streets ripped up for days or even weeks. These intrusive methods would upend households as the structure’s entire plumbing system would be shut down.
On the other hand, cured-in-place piping is an eco-friendly solution that won’t cause major disruptions to the environment and the household. The greatest advantage of CIPP is that it’s essentially a no-dig operation, meaning through one or two small access holes, technicians can repair tears and breaks in the pipeline without the expensive hassle of destroying your front lawn.
CIPP is built with felt tubing usually made of fiberglass cloth or polyester that’s been saturated in resin. This liner forms a close bond to the original pipe and acts a shield against leaking, intrusive roots, normal wear-and-tear and other common forms of damage common to underground pipelines. This means a lower overall cost for homeowners as technicians require fewer hours of time and labor for pipe repairs. In fact, most CIPP jobs can be finished in one day.
Hire a plumber in Portland metro area
Looking to make your home more eco-friendly but unsure where to begin? Contact Apollo Drain and one of our experienced plumbers will help you determine the best plumbing solutions for your needs.
Fantastic customer service. We were out of town when tenants needed help with a plumbing issue. They let us know who was being dispatched to our house then followed up with a very detailed message post work. I would definitely use these guys again.
I can’t say enough good things about this company. Had a sewer repair needed and had a very short amount of time due to closing on a house sale. Every single person I encountered from Marquita doing logistics for my job to every member of the work crew. Friendly, communicated well, totally responsive and really cared to help me through this very stressful job. All of the people I encountered were role models for what a well run service business should be. Much thanks and appreciation. You’re great.
We had a leak and no hot water. Apollo came out same day and not only fixed the problem but made it better and gave us some good advice on our system. Very reasonable and great communication. Would definitely recommend.
Don is always so helpful and knowledgeable. I really appreciate all the crew members on the Apollo team. I'm a Property Manager so typically I will have several projects for Apollo to address during a single visit. They are easy to interact with and EXCELLENT plumbers. I highly recommend Apollo.
Scott, I would like to personally thank you for expediting our plumbing crisis we recently had. If the situation was not resolved immediately we would have had to close for a couple of days. This occured on a Friday for for us a pizza restaurant this would of been devastating. Thank you so much.
STARK STREET PIZZA COMPANY
It's my absolute pleasure to recommend Karen Johnson at Apollo Plumbing Service. I have had the pleasure of taking a class taught by Karen. Her knowledge and expertise is a huge advantage to my entire office. I know if I am in a pinch I can call the office and talk to someone! Their customer service is truly amazing, and I have had compliments from customers in the past.
NEXTHOME NW REALTY
We are a Wendy's Restaurant franchisee in Vancouver, Washington and I want to personally thank Scott and his crew at Apollo for invaluable and excellent service to our restaurants over the last several years. We have used Scott's company after failing miserably with Apollo's many competitors. We tried every one before discovering the extraordinary service we enjoy from Scott and his techs.