It’s Advice Day at DrainHelp.com!
Today…. How to Save Water and Money at the same time?
As we all know, here in Southern California water is scarce, and now that summer approaches we want to give you some useful tips on how to avoid wasting water while saving a few dollars.
1. If you have a leaky faucet that drips twice per minute, you’ll waste over a gallon of water in a week. Fix it! You will need the following tools:
- Flat-head screwdriver (or similar)
- Adjustable Wrench (C Wrench)
- Penetrating oil, such as WD-40 or CRC
Replacement washers and O-ring (be careful! They have to be exactly the same size than the original)
Make sure your water supply (coming from the main line) is turned off before you start! You have to find the knobs that connect your sink with your main line and turn them off. Once you are done with this part, use your screwdriver to remove the decorations from your handle knobs. Once again, use your screwdriver to take the faucet off (you will find a screw underneath each knob, take them off carefully). In case you need it, use the penetrating oil in this step.
Use your wrench to reach the packing nut and loosen it; once you are done, you have to be able to touch the stem. Remove it, carefully. Check if all the removed elements are in good conditions. If they are, take a look to the O-ring and washer inside the valve seat (they might be the reason of your leaking faucet) and change the old washer for the new one, placing it inside the seat. Reassemble all the pieces, carefully. Is your faucet still leaking? You might be facing a corrosion problem. In this cases always call your specialist.
2. By putting insulation on your pipelines, you will be reducing the amount of heat lost as your water travels from your heater to your faucet (because you will wait less time to warm it up and then you’ll save money on your utility bills).
3. Install a flapper in your toilet. Check how we do it at DrainHelp.com:
4. Use the dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes, you will save lots of water (in case the dishwasher is full, of course).
5. When outdoors, always check that your sprinklers don’t spray the sidewalk or driveway. Don’t water the lawn in case it’s a windy day, you will lose much of it due to evaporation and always try to do it when it’s cooler (early morning or late evening).
By Andrea Brezmes