As a homeowner, it’s all too easy for water wastage to pass you by. But, especially if it’s been a while since your scheduled Denver plumbing services, it’s possible that your household is wasting a significant amount of water every month.
Water wastage can be frustrating, but there are several effective strategies for reducing it. By implementing some of our simple tips and utilizing professional plumbing services, you can start conserving water in no time.
Replace Old Pipes
If you live in an older home and the pipes haven’t recently been replaced, it’s wise to have them inspected by a plumber. Especially if you have galvanized pipes, which were often used in homes constructed earlier than 1960, your pipes may have developed significant rust and corrosion. This can lead to leakage.
Leaky pipes are a major source of water wastage. But, beyond the wasted water, leaky pipes can cause extensive water damage in your home. Damaged floors, walls, and ceilings can all result from leaky pipes, as can mold and mildew. If a pipe severely corrodes and eventually bursts, you could be facing the expense and inconvenience of flooding.
If you live in a home with dated plumbing, there’s no need to panic. Just make sure to schedule an inspection with your Denver plumber. An expert plumber can check the condition of your pipes, identify any leakage, and recommend pipe replacements as needed.
Repair Appliance Damage
The appliances in your home that use water, mainly including the dishwasher and washing machine, can be sources of wasted water. Damage to these appliances can cause leaks and poor efficiency, meaning that they use more water than is necessary to complete a cycle.
Procrastinating on appliance repairs can lead to wasted water every time you run the dishwasher or wash a load of laundry. Take the time now to schedule repairs for your damaged appliances. If they’re outdated, consider replacing them with new, energy-efficient models. ENERGY STAR appliances use less energy than other models while offering the same functionality.
Fix Leaky Toilets
Toilets are among the most heavily used appliances in your home, making up around 30% of a typical household’s water usage. It can often be tricky to spot toilet leaks, especially internal toilet leaks, which may not show obvious warning signs.
A cracked tank or bowl, seal damage, worn-out hardware, and a poorly installed flush valve are all possible causes of a toilet leak. Over time, even a small leak in one of your home’s toilets can lead to countless gallons of wasted water.
If you suspect that you have a leaky toilet, contact your Denver plumbers to take care of the issue. Having a professional plumber take care of a leaky toilet, rather than making it your DIY project, will lead to less wasted water in the long run. Plumbers know how to quickly, efficiently, and definitively repair a leaky toilet.
Opt For Water-Saving Toilets
Perhaps your home’s toilets are in good condition but are far less efficient than the toilet models on the market today. With this in mind, has the time come for a toilet replacement?
Old, inefficient toilets generally use around six gallons of water with every flush, which can account for a large portion of your home’s water bill. Replacing an old toilet with a new, more efficient model can reduce your household’s water usage by thousands of gallons each year.
Dual-flush toilets are a popular type of energy-efficient toilet available today. Dual-flush toilets provide two different settings for liquid waste and solid waste to reduce your water consumption without compromising the functionality of the appliance.
You can look for the WaterSense label while shopping for a water-saving toilet model. WaterSense toilets meet the EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance and can save your home over $140 per year in water expenses.
Lower Your Home’s Water Pressure
Over time, high water pressure can place unnecessary strain on your home’s pipes. This increases the risk of pipe damage and leaks. Additionally, high water pressure leads to added water usage every time to take a shower or turn on a faucet.
Your local plumbing team can set up a water pressure regulator in your home. This device will help you low day-to-day water pressure to prevent plumbing damage and use less water throughout your daily routine.
If you’re interested in preventing water wastage in your Denver home, contact the experts at Drain Terrier. We offer a range of plumbing services to help you conserve water and protect the longevity of your plumbing system.