Welcome back to the Complete Plumbing & Rooter blog! In our last post, we began to discuss the ways in which water can affect your plumbing, your utility bill, and your community. Because we use water for so many of our daily household activities, it’s important to consider the things that we can do to reduce our water consumption on a daily basis. Here at Complete Plumbing & Rooter, not only do we want to offer you our plumbing services in Chino, but we’d also like to help you learn more about water conservation and how it can improve the functionality of your septic system or sewer system by not overrunning it with water. To learn more about our top tips for home water conservation, keep reading!
Top Tips For Home Water Conservation Continued
#6. Reduce your garbage disposal usage.
Not only will minimizing the use of your garbage disposal and save you from possible plumbing fixes due to a broken motor or blades, but it will also help you to keep your septic system or sewer system running for efficiently. Running a garbage disposal requires a lot of running water to help it run effectively, and it can also add a lot to the volume of your septic tank, which can reduce its ability to run well. Your local water treatment plant will also appreciate you putting less food down your garbage disposal. Consider putting most food waste in the trashcan or begin a compost pile in your backyard.
#7. Don’t rinse your fruits and vegetables under running water.
While it’s important to thoroughly rinse your fruits and vegetables before you eat them, fill a bowl with water or simply put a stopper in your sink to fill it with cold water that you can use to wash your fruits and vegetables. If you’re concerned with getting your fruits and vegetables as clean as possible, you can purchase a vegetable brush to help you thoroughly clean your vegetables.
#8. Install low-flow faucets and toilets.
If you’re home is older, you could benefit from upgrading your toilets and faucets to low-flow fixtures. Low-flow fixtures use less than three gallons of water every minute and a low-flow toilet will only use around 1.5 gallons per flush, whereas an older toilet that is not low-flow could use up to seven gallons of water per flush.
#9. Only water your lawn when it needs it.
In the era of automatic sprinkler systems, it can be tempting to want to let your sprinkler system run on a daily schedule. However, most lawns only need about 1.5 inches of water per week to stay beautiful and green. Instead of watering your lawn every day for 15 to 20 minutes, it can really benefit your lawn to get a longer soak, about one hour long, just once a week.
#10. Use a broom to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
Instead of using a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk, use a broom to sweep dirt and debris into the street or even into a dustpan to throw away. And remember to check for leaks from the faucet for your hose, as well as for leaks or holes in your hose itself.
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics when it comes to home water conservation, we hope that you will begin to put some of our top tips into practice. Your plumbing, utility bill, and community will all benefit from your water conservation practices. If you should find that you have a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed in order to help you with water conservation, call us here at Complete Plumbing & Rooter for plumbing services in Chino.