If your water bill seems to run high, or if you are looking for ways to curb your monthly expenses, try making some easy adjustments that can have a significant impact and decrease your home's water consumption while preserving and protecting your plumbing. 

Some simple tips to save water and protect your plumbing include the following:

Construct a toilet dam. By putting a dam in your toilet tank, you can save approximately two gallons of water per flush. You can use a simple rock or brick for your dam, but be sure to wrap anything made of porous materials to avoid deterioration from the exposure to water. Place the dam in the bottom of the tank, away from any of the gears or hardware inside the toilet tank.

Add some color to the tank. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to your toilet tank to find leaks and resolve water waste. If the water inside the toilet bowl turns color, you have a leak that could be costing you money each month. Talk to a plumbing professional to pin-point and resolve the issue. 

Find and practice using the water valve. Your home's water supply is controlled by a main valve; these fixtures control the flow of water into your home from either a well or municipal water line. Find the valve, and use a T-bar to practice turning the supply on and off, and you can tell when it is completely off by looking at the water meter. This will prevent an emergency from costing you more money in wasted water and potential damage, allowing you to take swift action in the event of a burst pipe or water leak.

Get out of hot water. There is a sediment that can accumulate in the bottom of your hot water heater; this can impact the efficiency of the device and also end up wasting a lot of water over time. Each spring, gingerly drain a couple gallons of hot water (be careful!) from the heater, which will get rid of some of this sediment and give your heater a longer lifespan. 

There are many simple things that you can do to cut down on water usage and save money:

  • Showers use a mere portion of the water that it takes to fill a bathtub, approximately half. When waiting for water to heat up for your shower, stick a bucket under the faucet to catch the water and use it later for household chores to save on water consumption.
  • Always use a nozzle on your garden hose to control flow and reduce water consumption.
  • Store water in the refrigerator, as this will reduce the times you run the faucet to retrieve cold drinking water. 

For more information and tips with the plumbing system, talk with a professional plumber, such as those at A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.