Water is a limited resource. It may seem that the Earth is covered by huge bodies of water, but in fact, only 1% of the water on Earth is fresh and usable. In order to preserve the water that is available for our use, we all need to take steps to conserve water.
You can conserve water without feeling like you are making a big sacrifice. Water conservation doesn’t have to mean taking two minute showers. You can cut back on your water consumption without feeling any pain. One way to do so is to identify areas where water is wasted. You may have leaks in your home plumbing system where water is being wasted every day. Does your toilet run? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water every minute. That adds up to a huge amount of water every day. You can easily solve this problem and reduce your water consumption by calling a plumber to repair your running toilet or fixing it yourself at home. Stop jiggling the handle, and try these steps:
- 1. First, remove the lid from the toilet tank.
- 2. Next, check the flapper. The flapper is a round, rubber piece that is usually black or red in color. The flapper should close completely and seal, keeping the water inside the tank. If the flapper does not close all the way, sometimes it is because the chain attached to the flapper hasn’t gotten caught. You can fix this just by adjusting the chain to allow the flapper to close properly.
- 3. If the flapper appears to be damaged, you can replace it. Start by turning the water shutoff valve for the toilet to the off position.
- 4. Detach the old flapper and remove it.
- 5. The new flapper will have a line on it marked “cut.” Cut where indicated.
- 6. Place the flapper ears onto the pegs located on the overflow tube.
- 7. Attach the chain.
- 8. Turn the water supply back on, and let the tank refill. Check to make sure that the flapper is now sealing properly.
This simple fix can save a lot of water. If your water bill seems higher than normal, and you don’t know why, you might have a leak elsewhere in your plumbing system. In this case, you should consider calling a plumber who offers leak detection service to take a look at your plumbing system and see if there is a problem. You might have a small leak in your slab or between your walls that you can’t see.
Signs of a slab leak can include hot or wet spots on the floor and the sound of running water. When you have a slab leak, water is running from your pipes into the ground and into your flooring. This water isn’t being used by you, but you are still paying for it. Having a slab leak repaired will save a significant amount of water, as well as saving you a significant amount of money.
If you want to stop wasting water and start saving money, call Scott English Plumbing. We can repair a running or leaking toilet, as well as locating any other water-wasting leaks in your plumbing system. We offer leak detection services and repair, and we are available around the clock to respond to emergencies. Whether you need routine maintenance or have a middle-of-the-night plumbing disaster on your hands, you can count on Scott English Plumbing to handle the job.