Water shortage is a reality in the U.S. The drought in California showed just how hard it can be for Americans to live life without water. Everyone needs to do his part to ensure water is never wasted, so with that in mind, here are five incredibly simple plumbing tips to prevent wasting water at home. In the UK we are not short of water, but wasting water has a negative impact on the environment and can cost you money.
Plumbing Tips For Home Owners In London
Identify toilet leaks
It’s easy for toilet leaks to go undetected for a long time. To identify these leaks, remove the toilet tank lid, add a 5 to 10 drops of food coloring, then let settle for five minutes. Afterwards, look in the bowl. If the food coloring reached the bowl, then you have a leak.
Set the water flow of your faucets
Check the amount of water coming out from each faucet by fully opening the faucet and catching all the water in a measuring container for 10 seconds, then shut the faucet off. Multiply the amount of water in the container by 6 to compute for the per-minute flow. You will need to buy a low-flow aerator if a faucet releases more than 2.5 gallons per minute.
Reducing shower time can save a lot of water. Using the standard of 2.5 gallons per minute, reducing your shower use by 4 minutes can save you up to 3650 gallons in a year.
In addition to shorter shower lengths, you might also want to recycle some of your household wastewater, which you can use for watering your garden or flushing your toilet. A good source of household wastewater is the water from your washing machine.
In addition to these tips, it pays to have a plumber that you can trust with your plumbing repair and maintenance. Find a good plumber in your area and don’t hesitate to call at once in case a serious plumbing problem pops up that’s beyond your ability to repair.