Does Your Home Waste Too Much Water?

household water conservationMany homeowners are pleasantly surprised that making their homes a little more earth friendly also translates into savings. One way that homeowners can reduce their household costs is by being aware of the water use and how to reduce wasted water.

There are many ways that water is used unnecessarily. The average shower time is 8.2 minutes, which uses approximately 17.2 gallons of water. A long shower may be relaxing, but a long one can use more water than necessary. You can cut your shower time down by turning the water off when you are soaping up.

There are other areas in your home that might be wasting water and you might not even notice them. Robinson Plumbing, a local plumbing services company, recently conducted some maintenance work on a home in Whitehall, PA. The homeowner was astounded at how much her water bill had been reduced just by changing out some of her old plumbing fixtures.

Pay Attention Plumbing Leaks

You may have a leaky faucet or toilet that you may not be aware of. These issues are often overlooked because they do not cause a noticeable problem, but they can waste a lot of water. Once you fix any plumbing leaks, you will definitely notice it in your water bill.

Research shows that leaks that go unnoticed, or are not repaired by a trusted plumber, can contribute to one trillion gallons of wasted water a year. You can talk to your plumber to find out if you have a leaky faucet or other compartment. You can also look for some of the following signs:

  • One of the easiest signs to look out for is water dripping from a faucet.
  • There is a chance that the walls in your home might develop signs of mold. These will appear to be dark stains on your walls. Or you may begin to smell mold without seeing a source.
  • Water coming from somewhere within your walls could also damage the paint on the walls or the wall paper.
  • Check your water bill for an increase of water usage, which could indicate that there is a water leak somewhere in the system.

Talk to your plumber as soon as you notice any of these signs so that he can get to the bottom of the problem.

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What Can Be Done About Water Conservation?

Conserving water is an important concern, especially now that many experts say that the ecological state of the world is in jeopardy. One thing you can do is make sure you water your lawn at the right time. You do not want to water your lawn in extreme heat because the water will just evaporate. And you do not want to water the lawn when the air is strong.

Evaporation will simply force you to use more water to get the same results. Strong winds will blow the water away before it can effectively provide enough water for your lawn.

You can also consider harvesting water. This is a practice that uses rain barrels to collect rain water, which can be later used for whatever needs you may have. You can find these barrels at your local home improvement store or online.

Talk to a plumbing expert about other things you can do to preserve water.

Water conservation not only benefits the Earth but it benefits your bank account. When you see water leaks or have any plumbing problems, be sure to contact Robinson Plumbing. We can get your plumbing system to be water efficient. Our plumbing services are offered in Whitehall, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas that are located within the Lehigh Valley.

Call us today at (610) 351-9889 or contact us for any questions that you might have!