Controlling your water usage by fixing the drips

May 17, 2017

If you have city-supplied water, you may be getting an unwelcome letter soon: your semi-annual water bill. After the hair settles back down on your neck and you start breathing again, take a look around your home and see if there may be something you can do to reduce the amount of water you and your family is using.

 

Many times, a high water bill can be traced to a constantly running toilet. Is your toilet continuously leaking? There’s an easy way to check: put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. (You can also get some colored tablets from your water department.) Try not to use the toilet for a few minutes or so, then go look in the bowl. It there a trace of food coloring? If yes, your toilet needs to be rebuilt to stop that leak. According to the EPA, you can waste as many as 200 gallons a day with a toilet leak. Many times, all it takes is a call to Adirondack Mechanical to request one of our skilled plumbers to come and rebuild your leaking toilet quickly and easily.

Maybe your toilet is working as well as it can, but you are still looking for ways to cut back on your water usage. You may have heard about the ‘water saving’ toilets that have been out for several years now, and you may have heard about how they weren’t as reliable as the older ones. Much has changed since the early days of water conserving fixtures, and a modern low-volume toilet has a more powerful flush and better cleaning action than even the older models, while using about half the amount of water to do the job. Ask your Adirondack Mechanical plumber about the new powerful but affordable Gerber Viper toilets, let him replace your old one for you, and watch your water bill drop.

 

Now that the toilet is fixed, let’s look at the bathtub. Does your showerhead or tub spout drip? Look at the graphic above and see how much water is wasted by even a small drip. Often, only a small repair is needed to nip the drip. Call Adirondack mechanical and let us examine your leaking shower and tub, and if it can’t be fixed, we can suggest a modern Delta faucet to replace it with.

And now, the kitchen:

 

If there’s a constant drip, drip, drip in your kitchen or bathroom sink, save money, the earth and your sanity by repairing the faucet now!

It’s not your imagination—that sound you hear is your kitchen (or bathroom) faucet dripping. Don’t ignore it; call Adirondack Mechanical today. Here’s why.

1. You’ll save on your water bill.

Imagine throwing three gallons of milk down the drain every day—you’d never do it, because that would be a phenomenal waste of money (and milk). Now imagine throwing three gallons of water down the drain. If you have a leaky faucet, that’s what you’re doing. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fixing all the leaks in your home could save you 10 percent of your current bill, and that could be a nice chunk of change.

2. It could cause water damage.

A leaky faucet can escalate from an annoyance to a major problem, where mold grows on your ceilings, floors and walls. And if your homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover a neglected or unresolved maintenance issue like a leak, you’ll have to shell out the money to pay for mold cleanup.

3. The constant dripping is driving you nuts.

You might not hear it until the house is quiet and you’re trying to catch some ZZZs, but then there it is: Drip. Pause. Drip. Pause. Putting a pillow over your head to cover your ears won’t help. The only way to stop the noise is to stop the problem.

4. You’ll have the perfect reason to upgrade your faucet.

Maybe you’ve wanted a spray wand in your sink that snaps back into place . Now’s the time to go for it! Don’t worry about matching your new faucet to the room’s existing fixtures (cabinets, pulls, appliances), since eclectic is a hot look today. Just keep the look cohesive: For example, if you install a contemporary faucet in a traditional kitchen, pick a classic finish for the faucet.

5. You just bought a new Allen wrench and are jonesing to use it.

Taking on home projects is a lot more fun when you’ve got new tools to play with. (But if you get in over your head, call us at 518-883-3077 and one of our plumbers will come to your rescue. You still get to be the hero.)

6. It’s not that hard or expensive to fix.

Many leaky faucets just need new seats and springs, and replacing them can be a quick job for your Adirondack mechanical plumber to take care of for you, if you don’t feel up to the challenge.

7. You’ll be doing something good for the environment.

By fixing a leak, you’re conserving water, and that’s a win for planet Earth: The less water diverted from rivers, bays and estuaries, the better shape the environment will be in.

Call us at Adirondack Mechanical to schedule your leak repairs, and breathe easier when the next water bill comes in!

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