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5 Effective Plumbing Tips to Help Reduce Water Waste and Save Money on Your Bills

Plumber fixing a kitchen sink
Plumber fixing a kitchen sink

Nobody likes bills, especially the large ones like energy and water. If you’re tired of seeing inexplicably big numbers, it may be time to review your resource spending trends. Here are five tried and proven ways to save on both your water expenditure and the bill.

Water-efficient gardening

Before you laser-focus on indoor water conservation solutions, consider your outdoor water use trends. Do you have a garden, lawn, or other green area? Consider harvesting rainwater for some of your landscaping needs.

Apply a layer of mulch to reduce evaporation and consequently the required watering. Focus it around trees and in plant-heavy areas. A layer 2.5 to 7.5 centimeters thick will do. Water at cooler times, like dawn or late evening. This will further reduce the water you lose through evaporation.

If you use sprinklers, invest in smart sprinkler controllers to optimize water use. Likewise, look into strategic garden layouts, efficient irrigation solutions, and soil types that hold water. You may also consider including low-water plants, like succulents, or switching completely to a desert garden.

Dry Leaves On A Water Drain

TLC for your drains

While the drains themselves don’t affect your water consumption, they do affect the performance of your plumbing system. If you want to reduce your bills and conserve resources, ensure that your plumbing is well drained.

Be proactive about clogging prevention. Check for blockages and clear them regularly to prevent buildup. Include drain cleaners in your housekeeping routine. Opt for eco-friendly products, since chemically heavy ones can damage your piping.

Use meshes and strainers to prevent debris and various particles from falling in, both indoors and outdoors. Follow relevant best practices for the substances and appliances around the house, such as garbage disposals and food waste.

Don’t flush hygiene products which aren’t marked as flushable or rapidly water-degradable. Dental floss in particular easily forms clumps with other waste. Likewise don’t flush oils and fats, especially from the kitchen. Dispose of them in the garbage after they cool instead.

Home plumbing inspections

Faulty plumbing joints, leaking faucets, and broken seals can waste upwards of twenty gallons of water a day. Make a habit of doing your own inspections to catch on to these issues early. Pay attention to the following:

  • The hardware on your sinks, shower, and bath
  • The floor seal of your toilet
  • Leaks from the toilet tank
  • Any exposed piping, e.g. below the bathroom or kitchen sink
  • Basement piping, if you have access to your basement
  • The pipes in the utility room
  • Any hoses and faucets outdoors on your property

If you detect problems with any of these, don’t try to handle them yourself. Look for a certified plumber, preferably as close to your residential area as possible.

For instance, a qualified plumber in Sydney could be more experienced with the condition of Hills District plumbing, or be more conveniently located for a homeowner in the Inner West. Unless the necessary work is quite urgent, shop around for the best option. Thereafter you can call on the same service as long as you live in the same place.

Your certified plumber will fix or replace the damaged fixtures and pipes.They will also provide their expert insight and advice on your plumbing in general. Ask them to point out any other potential issues they might spot, as well as offer advice from experience on how to optimize your water usage.

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Switch to low-flow fixtures

You can upgrade your plumbing without disturbing the original installations if you opt for low-flow fixtures in your next home renovation project. These reduce the total amount of water used in bathrooms, kitchens, etc. while still maintaining good hygiene and satisfactory functionality.

Low-flow fixtures include faucets, toilets, and showerheads. There is also complementary equipment like water booster pumps and aerators. Aerators are especially popular because they are an inexpensive way to control the maximum water flow of your faucets.

Water booster pumps reduce the energy demand on your home’s pumping system, so you reduce two bills in one stroke. Modern efficiency toilets cut down water use from five gallons per flush to 1.6 or less. Low-flow showerheads consume over 30% less water than conventional ones.

Check your washing machine

Washing machines are some of the biggest consumers of water in any household. Consequently, leaks and problems affecting them have a massive impact on your water bill. The sooner you address them, the less they will cost you in the long run.

Next time you clean your bathroom, move the washing machine away from the wall. Looks for leaks, drips, and signs of water damage on the floor. These include swelling, discolouration, mold, cracks, missing caulk or grout, and a damp smell.

Take a close look at the water supply hoses. These are rubber and therefore significantly deteriorate over time. Inspect them from end to end for cracks or any other damage. Replace them as soon as you notice the need to, or otherwise regularly every five years.

Water efficiency doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. Assess how much you use for what and see where some optimisation can be done. Be diligent in your maintenance to prevent water waste due to leaks. These two simple strategies will save you tons of money and effort in the long run.

Author bio: Brigitte Evans is an experienced lifestyle blogger with a passion for design, culture, and storytelling. She’s a regular writer and contributor to numerous lifestyle blogs and online magazines. She also loves to travel, and strives to visit as many states and countries as she can.

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