If you’re looking to conserve water, there are some common sense things you can do. You should turn off the water while you brush your teeth, keep your hand washing sessions short, and take shorter showers. However, there are things that a professional plumber can help you do as well. The professional will install certain items that will reduce your water consumption considerably.
Low Flow Showerheads
A typical shower head can spray about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Low flow shower heads have actually been mandated in many places. They are any shower head that sprays less than that. However, many newer models will spray less than two gallons per minute. They typically work by using air to assist in the pressure of the water. They mix air with the water to increase the water pressure while decreasing the amount of water consumed.
Low Flow Toilets
Traditional toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush. A low flow toilet uses about 1.6 gallons per flush; some use even less water than that. Those that use less water typically have two different flushing options; they have a half-flush for liquid waste and a full flush for solid waste. The unassisted toilets have wider drain openings to ensure that they flush completely while using less water. There are also assisted models that use suction to ensure they flush completely. You should ask your plumber which options they recommend.
In many cases, old pipes might have tiny leaks. The leaks might not be so dramatic that you see them affecting water pressure or building up in the walls, but they could be there nonetheless. For example, a pipe that is dripping at a loose joint could waste five or more gallons of water per day. That could easily add up to a lot of wasted money. A professional local plumber can go over your pipes and fix any that are leaking.
An aerator is a fixture that restricts the flow of water from your faucet and helps to aerate the water. This will turn any sink faucet into a low flow faucet. This is a quick and easy way to save money on a faucet that would typically consume about 3.5 gallons per minute.
These are just a few of the quick and easy ways you can reduce the amount of water you use. It’s great for your wallet and also great for the environment.