Ways to Conserve Water

Water conservation should always be something we should strive to do, both for our wallets and as a good steward for the environment. Living in Jacksonville we get a significant amount of rain each year and there are many ways we can limit our water consumption. Below are a few tips we implement to do our part.

Water Conservation – Plumbing Tips

  • If you have an older toilet and shower head, think about replacing them to low flow/energy saving models. These new energy efficient products use half the water of traditional models.
  • Toilet flappers are notorious for wasting significant amounts of water. You should consider replacing your toilet flapper every year, as they typically wear down quickly and are the most common cause of a running toilet.
  • Always check your faucets for any plumbing leaks or slow drips. If you notice a slow drip you will want to repair it. A leaky faucet can waste up to 100 gallons of water per day. Most faucet leaks are due to the (O-Ring, Corroded Valve Seat, Worn Out Washer, Loose Parts or Worn Out Seals).
  • If you have a sprinkler system make sure you have each zone set to a timer control. Also make sure your sprinklers are adjusted to only hit your grass or flower beds. You don’t want your sprinklers hitting the street or driveway and not your grass.
  • Stop letting your faucet run, when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. You can waste over 5 gallons of water.
  • Take showers rather than baths. A 5 minute shower will use 15-25 gallons of water. An average bath will use almost 40 gallons of water. You can cut water consumption in half by taking a shower.
  • Take advantage of gifts mother-nature provides. When it rains put out buckets to collect rain water. This way you can use this collected rain water to water your plants and shrubs, rather than using a hose or your sprinklers.
  • If you have hanging plants use ice cubes to water them rather than pouring water in them. When you pour water in a plant you will have run off, verses ice cubes will slowly melt giving the plant time to absorb and soak up the water.
  • If you boil water for cooking use only the amount you need. Also if you are boiling hard boiled eggs or leafy green vegetables. When you are done, let the water cool and you can then use that water for your plants.
  • If you are buying new grass or shrubs, purchase the kind that requires less water for maintenance.

We all can do our part to conserve water. A little can go a long way. If everyone did their part we can collectively make a huge dent in limiting our water consumption.

Jacksonville Plumbing Repair Company

At Metro-Rooter we always look for ways we can help to conserve water and be good environmental stewards. If you would like additional tips on ways to limit your water consumption or recycle oil, etc…we can help.

If you have a Jacksonville plumbing problem that you need professional assistance with, call us today.

Is Your Toilet Running?

We’ve all heard the bad joke, “Is your refrigerator running?” But what happens when it’s your toilet in question? If your toilet is running with no indication as to why then you could be wasting more money and water then you think. Just how much? A running toilet can waste two gallons of water per minute. A silent leak in a toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month. It’s time to diagnose the cause of that running toilet before you throw any more money down that drain.

A running toilet could be caused by one or more of the following issues:

  • Sticky flush valve. Does the water continue to run after you flush and until you wiggle the flush handle up and down? The problem may be the link between the flush handle and tankball.
  • Sticky tankball or flapper valve. The tankball or flapper valve is sticky if isn’t falling into the drain properly.
  • Floatball problems. A misadjusted or damaged floatball could be the cause of water dribbling into the toilet tank, running out the overflow tube into the toilet bowl, and entering into the drain.
  • Ballcock problems. A ballcock that doesn’t close completely is an additional probable cause of a leaking toilet.

Diagnosing a running toilet can be tricky, especially if you have little experience in plumbing repair. To get the quickest results in treating your running toilet, contact the qualified plumbers at Metro-Rooter. We’ll provide an on-site estimate, discuss the options with you, then work to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible.