The promise of a new year can bring a lot of change. For many, that change could be in their lifestyles, such as a new diet or workout routine. Others might decide to learn something new or continue with a hobby of theirs.

However, for some homeowners, their list of resolutions can also include some household tasks or things they wish they could complete within the new year. If you’re one of those homeowners, and you’re still looking to perfect your list, here are a few plumbing-influenced ideas you might want to include: 

Shorten Your Showers

Though a long hot shower after a long day could be relaxing, it’s also a significant source of water waste. Shortening your shower by a few minutes could save gallons of water and is better for your skin, too. For further steps to avoid water waster, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, also. 

Be Mindful of Drain Gunk

Your drains go through a lot of wear and tear throughout the days. Between hair, soap, shampoo, and other gunk, you could quickly be leading your home to a significant clog in no time. However, if you make it a point to add hair stoppers in your shower or to fix any slow draining clogs now before they worsen, you can prevent the preventable early on. Don’t forget about what you flush, too! The only thing that should go down the toilet is bodily waste and toilet paper. That’s it.

Stop Ignoring Your Water Quality

Does your water taste funny? Are your clothes losing color fast? Water quality is a big issue many of us locally face; however, with the right treatment options, you can have clean, delicious-tasting water right from the tap. If hard waters your issue, water softening can help make cleaning easier, keep your plumbing system cleaner, and even extend the life of your appliances. So make 2020 the year you get your water quality where it should be. 


If you are looking to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape all year long, consider our expert drain cleaning. However, even with the proper preventative tips, plumbing emergencies can happen at any time. Don’t panic, call Barker & Sons. Request service, today!