Mitigating Water Waste and Leaks

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Your efforts to be energy conscious do not have to stop at the bathroom door. We often forget how much water is wasted when we are using bathroom sinks and faucets, toilets, or taking showers and baths. When it comes to plumbing maintenance, leak detection services can help you decrease your water bills and conserve resources. With some simple tips you can easily increase your abilities for saving water, with minimal impact to your daily routines, especially if you rely on a well pump.

First, well drilling may provide a good supply, but that does not mean your home fixtures are not capable of saving water. Just by turning off your sink while scrubbing your hands or brushing teeth contributes immensely to your ability to save water each day. We forget how much water flows down the drain, or into the septic tank while we brush our teeth, but even adding a low flow aerator can decrease that amount exponentially. The aerator allows the air flow to increase the perceived amount of water pressure, without having to turn up the tap, although leak detection services can help mitigate extra waste.

The shower, while technically better for saving water than taking a bath, also represents significant water usage in any home. Again, using low flow technology in the shower heads can increase the perception of higher water pressure, yet still cut actual usage. If you are inclined to take longer showers, you may want to start bringing an egg timer into the bathroom with you. By staying conscious of how long it takes you to shower off, you will inevitably shorten your stay under the running water.

Finally, upgrading to modern toilets can equate to a sharp drop in your water consumption. Older toilets may use up to 5 gallons of water each time they are flushed, but newer models limit a flush to just 1.6 gallons. Just think of the impact over the course of your day, especially if you have a larger family. Also, there is the old adage that if it is yellow, then let it mellow. In other words, you do not have to flush every time you urinate, but your personal preferences will dictate whether this is appropriate in your home.

Regardless of what all you do to continue saving water and energy, you should concentrate on leak detection services and then repair any leaks as they occur. Most bathroom faucets and shower heads can be fixed with simple plastic washers. Also, you can usually stop a toilet leak with an inexpensive flapper replacement. Finally, just adopting a couple of these tips will drastically cut your water consumption, and ultimately save you money on your water bill.

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