Water Waste Concerns: Why Saving Water for Summer Months is Key

Summer is an especially important time for water conservation because rainfall is almost nonexistent, and the days are sweltering hot.

As many areas of the country are facing severe drought, the importance of saving water has become even more important. If you want to reduce your water bill, then you’ll need to make sure you’re not wasting water this summer.

Use a Dishwasher

loading-a-dishwasher_480In many households, people still wash dishes by hand.

According to some of the latest studies, water can be saved by using a dishwasher in homes that have more than one person living in them.

The reality is that a dishwasher can use less water than washing dishes by hand.

To make sure you’re saving as much water as possible, you should always scrape food residue off of your plates before washing them.

For even more water savings, you should avoid pre-rinsing the dishes and don’t start the dishwasher until it’s completely full.

To avoid wasting water, you might also consider having your appliances inspected by professional plumbers. We can check your home for water leaks and make sure you’re not paying for water that you never used.

Taming Your Toilet

Most homeowners don’t realize that toilet flushing can use more water than all of the other activities that occur in the home. One of the best ways to get on board with water conservation is to get rid of your old toilets. An outdated toilet might use anywhere from five to seven gallons of water per flush.

Since a typical toilet is flushed multiple times per day, you can imagine how much water is used up. If you decide to replace an old toilet with a newer model, you can save a lot of water. Many newer toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush.

Contrary to popular belief, these newer models are still capable of delivering a strong flush, so you can rest assured that your bodily waste is going right where it needs to go.

If you would like to upgrade your toilet, you need to speak with a professional plumber, and you can give us a call. We can replace your old toilet and recommend some other ways to reduce your home’s water usage this summer.

Rectify Leaky Fixtures

A common problem with toilet tanks is that they can become leaky. A lot of people don’t realize that even small leaks can result in massive amounts of wasted water. The problem is that many leaks go undetected for several months, and during this time, an enormous amount of water can go to waste.

One of the worst leaks is a broken flush mechanism. This is a problem that most people have had to deal with, and it’s also one of the most common problems. When the flush mechanism is broken, it causes water to leak slowly into the bowl. A common symptom is the sound of running water near the toilet.

conserve-waterWhen a toilet is flushed, it’s completely normal to hear running water, but if the sound doesn’t go away after about one minute, then there is a good chance that the flush mechanism isn’t working correctly.

We can come to your home and diagnose this problem, and we assure you that it’s a very simple problem to fix. The toilet is a very common place to check for leaks, but there are many other fixtures that can start leaking.

Faucets are also notorious for leaking and water waste, but they’re not nearly as vulnerable as toilets. Some faucets will begin leaking from the point where water exits. The leak will start with a slow drip, and over time, the leak will get bigger and waste more water.

Faucets can also begin leaking around the base, which is commonly caused by a worn gasket. The good news is that most of these types of leaks are very easy to fix.

If you want to find out if there are leaks in your home, we can come to your home and inspect it. We will perform a visual inspection and can use sophisticated tools to check for hidden leaks.

Diagnosing the Deeper Leaks

Common leaks aren’t too difficult to find and fix, but many homes have hidden leaks that are much harder to detect.

The problem with hidden leaks is that they can be difficult to uncover, and they can drain massive amounts of water over time, which can drastically increase your water bills.

rain-barrel-collection-systemA typical home has water pipes located in the walls and underneath the house. Some of the worst leaks are the ones that you can’t see. The water pipes under your home can begin leaking and waste thousands of gallons of water.

If you have no idea that the leaks exist, you’ll never be able to get them fixed. Fortunately, we can come to your home and inspect your pipes.

We can check the pipes under your home and inside of the walls. It’s critical to have small leaks fixed as quickly as possible because they can quickly turn into expensive repairs.

Water Heater Problems

As professional plumbers, we’re experienced with repairing water heater problems. It’s not uncommon for these appliances to develop leaks, and they can end up wasting thousands of gallons of water. Most water heaters begin leaking around the base or valves.

If the valves start leaking, you can have them replaced. When the base starts leaking, you can have it patched. These are all problems that can be corrected by professionals. In many situations, we recommend replacing water heaters that are over 10 years old.

It might also be a good idea to upgrade your toilets, faucets, and other fixtures if they are nearing this age.

By having your home inspected for these problems and updating outdated fixtures, you’ll be able to save more water this summer. Water conservation is especially important during summer, and these are some of the easiest ways to make sure you’re not contributing to water waste.

For outstanding water conservation assistance in your Boonton, NJ home, call K. Hoeler Plumbing & Heating at (973) 882-2803.