As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.
If your home is connected to a septic system or there's a drought in your area, you may want to conserve water when it's possible. Conserving water is a matter of using good habits and updating and maintaining your plumbing. By reducing the amount of water you use, you might be able to pump your septic tank less often, and you may lower your water bill in addition to saving water. Here's a look at some ways to cut down on the amount of water you use at home.
1. Switch to WaterSense Rated Plumbing Fixtures
If your bathroom is due for a new toilet, choose a low-flow toilet that uses less water per flush. Look for a WaterSense label on the toilet at this shows the toilet meets water-efficiency standards set by the EPA. If you don't want to invest in a new toilet just yet, then place a water jug in the toilet tank to take up space so the tank fills with less water.
You can also buy WaterSense faucets and showerheads that use less water, but still supply a satisfying stream of water. Since faucets and showerheads are not too expensive, it could pay off in savings on your water bill to have a plumber put in the energy-efficient upgrades.
2. Check the Meter for Leaks Regularly
Water leaks can happen without you knowing it if the leak is a small drip and you can't see it. If you see a sink dripping or if your toilet runs, call a plumber and have repairs done right away since a small drip can waste a lot of water. To check for hidden leaks, read your water meter and then wait an hour while keeping your water off before you read the meter again.
If the reading is higher, then water is leaking somewhere and you need to hunt it down or call a plumber to bring leak detection equipment to find the leak. You may want to check the meter every month when you get your water bill, especially if your plumbing is old and starting to corrode.
3. Don't Let Water Run Needlessly
Leaving the water running while you do dishes or while brushing your teeth wastes a lot of water over the course of the month and year. Get in the habit of turning water off unless you are using it. You might even consider a faucet with a sensor that turns on and off as your hand approaches and draws away so you automatically save on water.