Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
There are four main areas in your home where you use water: your kitchen, your bathroom, your laundry room, and your yard. Since you use water in different ways in each of these areas, it only makes sense for you to take a different approach to water conservation in each area. If you're looking to reduce your water use, here are some tips to help you accomplish that in each of the four areas.
Install a water-efficient showerhead. The average family uses about 40 gallons of water per day for showering alone. To cut back on shower water use, look for a shower head with the WaterSense logo. WaterSense is a program organized by the EPA, and shower heads that carry the label have been independently tested to ensure they use less than 2.0 gallons per minute.
Update your toilet. If your toilet was made prior to 1994, it's time for an upgrade. Today's models use far less water per flush.
Install an aerator. Some bathroom faucets do not come with an aerator attached. This is a device that mixes air with your water as it comes out of the tap, making the stream feel forceful even though it uses less water. You can typically purchase an aerator at the hardware store and screw it onto your faucet in place of the current head.
Restrict your watering. Don't just water your plants every day, hoping for the best. Actually check the soil before you water. If it's still moist, you don't need to water yet.
Apply water directly to the ground. When you do water, apply the water to the ground with a watering can, drip irrigation system, or hose. Do not run a sprinkler; the overspray goes to waste, as does any water that lands on the plants' leaves.
The Laundry Room
Purchase a water-conserving washing machine. If you're in the market for a new washer, look for a model that is designed to use less water. Top-loaders tend to use less than front-loaders.
Use the correct load size button. If you're only washing a small load, make sure your washer is only set to small, not large, so it uses less water. To save even more water, hold off on doing laundry until you have an entire full load to wash.
Wait until the dishwasher is full. Don't just run it every night for convenience's sake. Wait until it's full, since it will use the same amount of water whether it's full or not. If you need a specific item that's dirty, just wash that item by hand.
Don't waste the cold water that comes out while you're waiting for the hot. If your tap needs to run for a few minutes before the water becomes warm, put the cold water that comes out in the meantime to good use. Fill up your filter pitcher or catch it in a watering can and give it to your houseplants.
Wash veggies in a tub of water. You can go through an enormous amount of water rinsing veggies one at a time under the tap. Instead, fill a sink or a dish pan with water, and put your veggies inside. You can even add a little vinegar to the pan of water as this helps loosen any dirt or grime.
If you take the steps above, you should be able to cut your water use back pretty drastically. For more water conservation advice, reach out to a local plumber from a company like All About Plumbing. They may be able to recommend additional upgrades that will help you save on your water bill going forward.