Do you suspect that your water bill is higher than it should be? How can you find out if you are wasting water? Check your water meter before a non-use period of time . After a period of 8 to 10 hours go back and check the meter again. If it has moved you may have a leaky toilet or some other leak in your home.
Check all your toilets to see if they are running. A leaky toilet wastes 200 gallons of water per day! That is a lot of water. When you find a toilet running, look in the tank and see if there is water running into the overflow tube. If there is, then you will need to adjust the fill valve so that the water stops an inch below the overflow tube. You should also test the flush valve mechanism. Put some food coloring into your tank and wait about 15 minutes. If there is colored water in your toilet bowl, you will either need to replace your flapper, or your ball. Another common problem is the chain on the flapper gets caught under it and doesn’t allow the water to go down completely. If this is what is causing the toilet to run, simply adjust the length of the chain.
Another way to conserve water is to replace any toilets in your home that were manufactured before 1994. These old toilets use 3.5 gallons to flush. The new versions are low-flow and only need 1.6 gallons to do the job effectively. You need not fear that they will be weak. The newest models have the same flushing power as the old 3.5 gallon models. If you really want to conserve, there is a dual flush model that uses 0.9 gallons to flush liquid waste and 1.6 to flush solid waste. The average person uses the toilet 6 to 8 times per day which is about 2,500 times a year. Imagine all the water you’ll save with a low-flow toilet. Additionally, you will also save money on your water bill.
Check all the faucets in your home on a regular basis and make sure none of them are dripping or leaking. A simple drip can waste up to 8 gallons of water every day. Faucet repair is quite simple but if you are not quite sure how to proceed, watch an online tutorial video to learn the basics.
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