Tips To Prevent Water Waste In Your Home

Among a home's utilities, water is one that can be more easily managed. However, if your plumbing is old or you have plumbing fixtures that are not efficient, you could be wasting more water than you realize. This leads to higher water bills. Here are some issues that could be causing you to waste more water than normal:

Leaky Pipes 

One common way you may be wasting water is if you have leaky pipes. You might not even notice that you have a leak in your plumbing until your water bill starts to go up. To help mitigate plumbing leaks, take some time each month or so to check the different fixtures and pipes around your home. Look at the hose bibs, the pipes around your faucets and toilets, and any plumbing you can visibly see outside. If you notice any moisture or water buildup, you should contact a plumber to have the leak repaired.

Old Showerheads

If you have an older showerhead, now is a great time to replace it with a more efficient model. Conventional showerheads tend to use more water than a modern option. As you shop for a new showerhead, look for the words "low-flow" on the packaging. Low-flow showerheads help you get the same level of water pressure but use less water.

Problematic Toilets

If you have been hearing continuous water running sounds from your toilet, chances are there is a problem with it. The main issue with a running toilet is the flapper valve. A flapper valve tells the toilet tank that it is full. If the valve goes bad, the water will run constantly because it cannot provide the signal that the tank is full. This is equivalent to leaving a faucet on for hours at a time, wasting precious water.

Toilets can also be inefficient and use more water. If you have older toilets in your home, you may want to consider upgrading them to more efficient toilets on the market today. Older model toilets need gallons of water per day, whereas more efficient toilets need much less.

Improper Flushing

Another issue that can lead to more water use is flushing items that should be thrown into a trashcan. Flushing anything other than toilet paper is overusing your toilet and your home's water supply. This includes face wipes, facial tissue, and feminine products. Not only will you save water by throwing these items away instead of flushing, but you also are preserving the life of your septic system or sewer system since those items are not meant to be flushed.

Contact a company that provides plumbing services for more information.