Updateing Your Plumbing Fixtures - Save Water Around The House
Updateing Your Plumbing Fixtures - Save Water Around The HouseMay 29 / 2019
With the warmer, dryer months ahead of us, now is a great time to start thinking about how to save water around the house. One of the biggest water wastes in our homes are old, outdated plumbing fixtures. Older toilets, faucets, and showerheads can use a lot of water. By updating your plumbing fixtures you may be able to cut back on your usage and save some money on your utility bill.
High Efficiency ToiletsHigh efficiency toilets also known as HETs are a great way to save water around the house. Especially if you live in an older home with original plumbing. Toilets are one of those things that don’t really need to be replaced that often. Most of the working parts inside can be replaced, making toilets one of the longest lasting plumbing fixtures. However, that doesn’t mean that your toilet is efficient. Older toilet could waste as much as 3-5 gallons with each flush. Newer, more efficient toilets use as little as .5 gallons, with some models having two modes for flushing known as duel flush toilets; one for liquid waste and one for solid waste. Look for toilets that have the WaterSense logo.
Faucets and ShowerheadsJust like toilets, faucets and shower heads are also plumbing fixtures that can waste a lot of unnecessary water. Newer more efficient faucets and showerheads can reduce the amount of water you use by as much as 30%-50%. Low flow aerators are also great to reduce the amount of water without sacrificing water pressure. [caption id="attachment_2762" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Credit: CERTs, https://bit.ly/2Wry9OB[/caption]
Leak PreventionLeaky plumbing fixtures can waste thousands of gallons of water over time. Costing you a lot of money on your water bill. A running toilet or leaky faucet or showerhead should be repaired or replaced to prevent excess water waste. Ongoing leak detection is a good way to keep leaks at bay. Inspect all plumbing fixtures at regular intervals. When checking for leaks remember the 3 S’s:
- Sight - The visible signs of a leak, pooling puddles, or water damage.
- Sound - The sound of running, dripping, or rushing water.
- Smell - The smell of mold or mildew.