As we get closer to the summer season it is a good idea to think of ways to lower your water bill. The water usage for most homes increases during the late spring and summer months. Sprinklers and pools are being used, more showers are often taken, cars are washed, and more water is just used in general. To help keep your water bill from increasing dramatically below are some tips to not waste water needlessly.
- Check your water meter. To check for any possible leaks that may be causing you to use more water than usual you should check your water meter. Schedule a two hour window in which no water is used in your home. At the beginning of the two hours read the amount displayed. Then after two hours check the meter again. If the meter has moved you probably have a significant leak as smaller leaks will not appear to move the meter much in two hours. So small leaks will not be detected very easily using this method but if the meter does move you know you have a leak that needs to be addressed ASAP.
- Listen for dripping sounds. When you are in the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room take a few moments when there is minimal to no noise and listen for drips. A dripping faucet although it would seem like the water loss is minimal, over the course of a day that water can add up to gallons.
- Look under vanities and sinks for drips or other signs of a leak. Take a flashlight and look under the vanities or any other place you can access exposed pipes. Look for water beads or trails on the pipes or for water on the surface under the pipes. If you find a leak give us a call and we can get it fixed for you.
- Look at the base boards near your plumbing fixtures and appliances for evidence of a leak. When pipes become corroded, develop loose fittings, or crack because of freezing they will cause a continuous loss of water until repaired. Look for signs of mildew or mold, puddles of water, or discolored surfaces. If the leak is from pipes inside your walls it may be necessary to get inside the walls to correct it. This should be done by a licensed plumber.
- Listen for noises from your commodes/bathrooms to see if they are running even if they have not been used recently. If you have a seal leak in your toilet, it will cause the tank to slowly drain over a period of time. When the water gets low enough the valve will open and replenish it. Because the water loss is continuous, a valve that sticks or a leaking seal in a toilet can waste a lot of water.
So here are just a few tips to make sure you don’t have any unnecessary water loss this summer. There are more things you can do as well such as using a bucket of water instead of a hose when washing cars, making sure your sprinklers are not running excessively, and shorter showers are just a few.
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