We are so used to readily available water at consistent pressure and desired temperature – only travelling abroad makes us realize that water is a scarce resource in many parts of the world. If you are like most Americans, your household probably uses more water than you need.
Fortunately, at Chesapeake Plumbing Inc., we know a few steps you can take to avoid wasting water. And if helping the environment is not motivating enough, think about how much you could save on water bills.
Reduce the water flow in your faucets
It’s likely your faucets operate at a higher rate of flow than necessary. To reduce the flow, install an aerator on the end of your faucet (it might have come with the faucet, so check first). This small and inexpensive addition can help you preserve as much as 1,500 gallons of water a month without affecting the water pressure. A low-flow, water-saving showerhead will do the same for your shower.
Update your toilet
If you are at the point when it’s time to remodel your bathroom, we suggest replacing your current toilet with a low-flow option. In a household that doesn’t conserve water a toilet can use as much as 20 gallons of water per person per day. Different low-flow models have different technology to use water more efficiently, such as the Dual Flush technology.
If you are not ready to replace your toilet just yet, there are still a few things you can do to make it perform better:
– Flapper tends to deteriorate over time, so replace it regularly
– Install an adjustable flapper to control the flush volume
– Install a Fill Cycle Diverter that will direct some of the water that fills the bowl back into the tank.
– If you wish to reduce the tank volume without upgrading a toilet, just place a bottle filled with water and stones in the tank.
Use sinks, toilets and showers only as intended
Treating your toilet as an ashtray or a garbage disposal will cause you to flush more often than necessary, not to mention may lead to serious clogs (as Maryland plumbers we have seen our share of those). Similarly, shaking off the cutting board into the sink rather than a trash can or letting your kids play with running faucets is contributing to excess water use.
Check your plumbing for leaks
A single dripping faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water per day. If you have leaky pipes that drip so much that you have to empty the containers several times a day – we could be talking hundreds of gallons! Here are a few tips on how to find out if you have leaks:
– Look for obvious wet spots around the plumbing fixtures, as well as in your basement.
– A poor water pressure could be a sign of a leak.
– Put food coloring in your toilet tank to see if the tank water leaks into the bowl between the flushes.
– Install a water meter if you don’t already have one. Monitor it for a few hours when you are not using any water. The change in numbers may indicate a leak.
If you discover a leak, call your local Maryland plumbers as soon as possible. The sooner it’s fixed, the sooner you can start saving.
Here are some other tips related to your water usage. Most of them are easy to follow and will soon become a habit. However, for better results and more savings, it’s important that each family member participates.
– Opt for a quick shower rather than a bath and don’t waste the shower water – get in as soon as it gets warm.
– Don’t run the water when you are not using it, such as while you are shaving or brushing your teeth.
– Only wash clothes when you have a full load.
– Collect rainwater to use for gardening and other outdoor activities
– Don’t pre-rinse the dishes before you put them into the dishwasher
How do you preserve water in your household? Feel free to share your tips. And call Maryland plumbers if you need any help updating your plumbing system.