One issue many homeowners face is high water bills. Over time, inefficient plumbing, old fixtures, and bad habits lead to the overuse of water. If you use more water than your household really needs, not only will you have higher water bills, but it also has an impact on the environment. The following are some ways in which you may be using more water than necessary.
Your Toilet Is Not Efficient
One leading cause of using too much water is the use of an older toilet model. Older models are not as efficient as the toilets available today. Older toilets use several more gallons of water per use as opposed to newer models.
Fault Flapper Valves on Toilets
A toilet uses flapper valves to signal when the tank is full. When these valves malfunction, the water will continue to run to attempt to fill the tank. The valve will not tell the tank when it is full and will continue to run and refill the tank.
Flushing Unnecessary Items
One bad habit in households is flushing items that could be placed into a wastebasket. Ideally, the only things you should flush are used toilet tissue and waste. Facial tissues, feminine products, and the like can be thrown away instead of flushed. You can save thousands of gallons of water in a year by simply reducing the number of times you flush. You also will save your plumbing system from becoming damaged by not flushing restricted items.
Another common cause of using too much water is leaking pipes. Each month, inspect the different plumbing connections around your home to make sure you do not have leaks. This includes faucets, toilets, hose bibs, and any other frequently used fixtures. If you find a leak, call a plumber to have it repaired right away to avoid wasting water. You can also avoid damage by identifying leaks as soon as possible.
Another common way to use more water than necessary is through inefficient showerheads. Typical conventional showerheads use much more water than a low-flow model. Consider installing low-flow showerheads throughout your home to help reduce your water use.
Underusing Your Appliances
If you are not running a full dishwasher or washing machine, you are using more water than is necessary. Wait and run these appliances when they are full to help reduce running a full cycle for half a load.
To learn more, contact a plumbing service.