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Water Saving Tips for Your Shower and Bath

WaterSavingTipsThe average American Boulder Colorado household uses about 400 gallons of water a day – almost half of which is used in the bathroom. This makes it a great place to start saving water.

Here are 4 ways to save water in the bathroom.

Change your habits

Simple habits like collecting the water in a bucket while waiting for your shower to heat up or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth or shave can impact the amount of water you save. Plus, it help lower your utility bills.

Check for leaks

Boulder Faucet and toilet leaks are one of the major causes of wasted water in the bathroom. Believe it or not, even a small faucet leak can waste as up to 20 gallons of water a day. If it goes undetected, it can waste hundreds of gallons of water. Save water by checking your Boulder faucets and toilets for leaks.

Buy a water saving toilet

Flushing is the biggest water hog in the home. The average Boulder toilet uses about 3 to 5 gallons of water per flush. Since most people would flush the toilet at least 5 times a day, the amount of water waste can really add up.

To cut down on water waste, consider buying a low flush toilet. This uses only 1 to 3 gallons of water per flush, and will cut down water use by as much as 70%. Also, avoid throwing things down your toilet. Not only will it lead to clogged pipes, it can also be a huge water waster.

Get a low-flow showerhead

Conventional showerheads flow at a rate of 5 gallons per minutes; sometimes, even more. Crank up your water savings by installing a low-flow showerhead. It can half your water use for as little as $20.

If your showerhead was manufactured before 1993, consider replacing it with a low-flow showerhead. This could save you 10,000 to 20,000 gallons of water a year. Not only will it save water, it also reduces your water bill.

How to Fix a Leaky Faucet

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The average faucet usually lasts for about 15 years, but your faucet will start to leak eventually. Don’t ignore that leaking faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. Even a small leak of just 10 drops per minute can waste a significant amount of water over time. Not only that, it can also cause high water bills. Fortunately, a leaky faucet is usually a snap to fix, even for an occasional DIYer.

In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to fix a leaky faucet in just a few easy steps.

Turn off the water

This is the first thing you should do when fixing a leaky faucet. The shut off valve will most likely be under the sink. If there are no valves underneath the sink, turn off the main water supply. Turn on the faucet and let the water drain out.

Remove the handle

Pop off the decorative cap that covers the knob. Remove the screw that is holding the handle in place. Then, lift off the handle. A simple prying with a flat-head screwdriver will do the job.

Once the handle is removed, you’ll have access to the nut that is holding the stem to the washer. Loosen and remove the nut with the help of an adjustable wrench. This will expose the rest of the stem.

Examine the screw, nut and stem. Replace if damaged. Lubricate the threads of the stem while you’re at it.

Replace the washer

If everything is intact, the washer is probably the reason why your faucet leaks. Remove the old washer and replace it with a new one.

Washers vary in size. Be sure to bring your old washer when buying a new one to make sure that you get the correct size.

Reassemble the faucet

Reassemble the parts in reverse order once repairs are complete. Reinstall the stem, bonnet nut, handle and then the decorative cap. Turn the water back on. Leaks should be fixed by now.

 

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