Water conservation is vital for everyone on the planet as we must all share this limited natural resource. And who better to offer a few water-saving tips and ideas than a licensed plumber? Not only will these bits of advice save water, but they will also help you to keep your household budget in line.
Check For Leaks
Being proactive is the best way to avoid costly water damage from long-time water leaks. It only takes a few minutes each month to tour around your home and yard to look for indications of leaking water. Check the faucet and shower in that seldom-used bathroom. And look under sinks for signs of moisture in the cabinetry. Also, take a look at your water heater and other appliances that have water lines. Eventually, those plastic or rubber hoses become brittle and leak and make a huge mess. Finally, check outdoors for moist areas in your yard, sections of grass that are taller or greener than the rest, and for mud puddles near any garden hoses that would indicate a leak. Call your local plumber for assistance if you locate any leaks or signs of moisture that you cannot correct.
Use Less Detergent
Using more soap will not get your clothes any cleaner. In some cases, it might actually contribute to them getting dingier and dirtier. Your washing machine will use extra water to remove the added soap suds. And if there is still a soap residue on your clothes, they will attract more dirt, feel far less comfortable and not wick away moisture as effectively.
Use Biodegradable Detergent And Soap
Biodegradable cleaning products are designed to break down more quickly and require less water to rinse them away. You can likely eliminate the second rinse on your washing machine when you switch to biodegradable detergent to save more energy and water.
Automate Your Outdoor Watering
If you do not have an automatic sprinkler system, buy a small timer for your garden hose. This is the best way to eliminate flooding because you forgot to turn off or relocate the hose when watering. It will save you money on your water bill and keep your yard looking fantastic but not overwatered.
Use Your Water Meter To Look For Leaks
If you think you have a water leak, check your water meter. When no water is being used in the house or yard, the meter should not be turning. Even the tiny red triangle should remain stationary. Note the reading on the meter and wait for 30 or 60 minutes and recheck the reading. If there is any change, you have a leak and need to call a licensed plumber for leak detection.
Treat Yourself To A New Showerhead
New low-flow showerheads can save up to 7 gallons a minute as compared to older models. That is a savings of 35 gallons of water for every five-minute shower you take. The amount will add up quickly, and thanks to the newest technology and aeration features, you will never notice a difference in the feel or effectiveness of the water.
Check Your Water Heater Temp
Be sure that your water heater is set to 120 degrees. This setting will not save water, but it can save electricity and a painful burn. The 120-degree setting is considered the sweet spot to prevent scalding burns but still be hot enough to prevent bacteria from growing inside the water heater holding tank.
For help with any water leaks or issues you discover in your home’s plumbing, call (979) 977-1655. In addition, our licensed plumbers are available 24/7 for any emergency issues.