There are plenty of problems going on in the world these days, which is why it’s more important than ever to do what we can to make a difference. One easy way that we can do this is by cutting back on our water usage. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help.
Below we’re going to give you some tips that you can implement with your home plumbing to help you use less water. Not only will they help you take a step towards a greener home, but your wallet will thank you too!
Upgrading to Low FLushing Toilets
Low flush toilets, also known as high-efficiency toilets or low-flow toilets, are toilets that use a lot less water than regular toilets.
They use 1.1 gallons or less when they flush rather than the 1.6 gallons most standard toilets use per flush. They started being used in the 1990s, and they include single and dual flush modes.
You can use your single flush mode when you’re simply flushing urine and paper and use the dual flush mode when you’re flushing solid waste. Not only can this help you avoid clogs, but also you’ll take the right direction in water usage as well.
Check Your Shower Faucets
It’s not a surprise to know that you can save money by taking shorter showers, but it’s also important that you check your shower faucets to make sure that they aren’t dripping.
If you’re seeing your faucet constantly dripping, you’re losing a lot of water. Similarly, if the seals are worn enough, you could also be losing water pressure as well.
If you pay for your water, that’s a lot of money that is going down the drain. And even if you have a well, that excess water usage won’t be good for the environment either.
Look for Pipe Leaks
Pipe leaks can cause a big problem for your home, not only because they increase your water bill, but also because they can cause property damage if you let the problem go unchecked. Leaking pipes are caused by a few different issues, including:
- Advanced corrosion
- Clogs being untreated
- Cracks in the fixtures
- Degraded seals
- High water pressure
- Joint damage to the pipes
- Pipes being laid incorrectly
- Shifted connections
No matter what has caused the leaks in the pipes, you want to make sure that you’re having the problems fixed. Otherwise, you’re going to have a lot of problems in your home besides a high water bill, such as problems with flooding, water damage, and mold.
Whether you’re concerned about the environment or you just want to save some money on your water bill, you want to look around your home and see if there are any signs that you either have a dripping faucet or you have a leaking pipe. With some simple repairs and upgrades, you can reduce the risk of damage and take a step in the right direction for our environment.