Save Water – Stop Those Restroom Leaks

Save Water - Stop Those Restroom Leaks
by J Miller

If you’re looking to conserve water or just reduce your water bill then one of the first thing you can do yourself is to go around your home doing a quick water usage audit. Sure, changing your behavior is one way to control your water usage, but an even bigger savings may come in finding and fixing all those little drips and leaks around your bathroom that can end up costing you hundreds of dollars in water usage over the years.

You can really check your entire house for water leaks, but the bathroom is the easiest place to begin. The bathroom almost always has the most water outlets and is one of the most heavily used rooms in any home. Moisture has a tendency to dry out and wear on things a lot more than dry air, so it’s always a good idea to keep on top of any repairs in the bathroom before they get out of control. Here are some common leaks to look for and some basic ways you can fix them:

Dripping Sink Faucet: Sure, a little dripping from a sink faucet is annoying, but is it really a major waster of water? To find out you can put a cup under the dripping faucet and see how much water you collect in an hour and then multiply that amount by 24 hours. Chances are, you’ll be shocked by how much water you’re wasting. Most leaky faucets can be fixed by replacing the rubber washers in the handle mechanism or in the spout. Most faucets come with instructions on how to do this, though if you’re handy with a screwdriverEmergency Plumbing Repair and a wrench you should quickly be able to figure out how to replace the washers in your particular model.

Leaky Shower/Tub Diverter: If you have a shower and tub combination in your bathroom then you probably have a shower knob which allows you to divert the water from the tub faucet to the shower head. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, but they all are prone to wear over time. Eventually these shower diverters leak and need to be fixed. Most work by pushing a little valve with a rubber seal back and forth. Over time that rubber can get dirty and crack and break as it dries out. This means that when you take a shower you’ll see water coming out from your tub faucet. That water is falling down the drain and being wasted.

Constantly Running Toilet: If you have a toilet that runs intermittently throughout the day then you might need to replace the toilet flapper to stop that excess water from leaking from the toilet tank into the toilet bowl. The flapper is a rubber or plastic trapdoor which lifts when you flush, and that rubber sometimes wears out and dry rots over time. It’s relatively easy to replace a toilet flapper and often doesn’t even require any special tools.

All you need to fix these leaks is a little time and a minimal amount of tools. That being said, you should probably only attempt repairs you feel comfortable trying. Fixing some of these minor leaks in your bathroom will not conserve water for the environment, but also save you money in your water bill.

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