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.

Common Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing Leaks

All of us will experience a Jacksonville plumbing emergency in our home or business. Typically these emergencies will come in the form of a water leak. If you have a water leak in your home it is common for the leak to occur from a leaking faucet, toilet, water heater, washing machine hose, or a cracked or broken pipe. If a leak is undetected you could be wasting upwards of 22 gallons of water per day, not including the damage that could be occurring to your home.

Your home is your largest investment, and with any investment you want to protect it.  So conducting regular checks is important, and when a problem is identified you will want to deal with it immediately. Small plumbing leaks will eventually become large plumbing leaks, which can cause significant damage and potential health hazards. Below are some of the more common leaks that can occur.

Faucet Leaks

Probably the most common leak that all of us have experienced is a leaking faucet. The constant drip even after you turn the faucet to “off” can be frustrating and cost you money. The average faucet can drip over 10 times per minute. This means you are wasting around 2 gallons of water per day and up to 700 gallons per year. This is the most common service call we receive at Metro-Rooter on a daily basis.

Having a leaky faucet can cost you money, however it typically does not cause damage as it is contained to the sink. However, you can also get leaks under the sink. When this happens water can pool on the floor of the cabinet causing damage, and over time mold can grow.

Regardless of the faucet leak you are experiencing Metro-Rooter can assess the problem and address it before the problem can take a turn for the worse.

Toilet Leaks

The majority of toilet leaks occur between the tank and the toilet bowl. This normally doesn’t cause a leak, rather just a running toilet. However if your toilet isn’t sitting flush on the floor this can cause water to escape when flushing. If this happens water can puddle around your toilet and over time can cause damage to your sub floor.

Water Heater Leaks

Many of us take our water heaters for granted. As the source of hot water for bathing, washing dishes, laundry, etc…we rely on our water heaters daily. Having a water heater leak is not an uncommon occurrence, but it should be addressed immediately as a small leak can grow into a large leak. You should inspect your water heater monthly just to make sure there are no leaks. In the event you notice any standing water or your hot water supply diminishes it could be a sign of a leak.

In the event your hot water heater is leaking or is no longer producing hot water contact Metro-Rooter. We specialize in water heater repair and replacement services.

Washing Machine Hoses

Most of us have washing machines in our homes. When a leak occurs with the hoses you can have a significant flood on your hands. The good news is that all of this can be prevented by doing routine inspections. At least every 1-3 months you should inspect the hoses behind your washing machine. If you notice and cracking, rust, loose hoses or any moisture on the hoses they should be replaced to prevent a bigger issue from occurring.

Leaking Pipe

Plumbing runs throughout our homes, underneath the slab, sub-floor, walls, attics, yard, etc…a leak can occur at anytime, anywhere. It is always good to be proactive. Inspect your walls, ceiling, yard, flooring, tile, appliances, valves, toilets, faucets, etc…to make sure you have not leaks anywhere in or around your home. Prevention is always the best strategy when trying to protect your home from water damage.

In the event you feel you may have a leak, go out to your water meter and write down the number you see. Abstain from using any water for 2 hours, then go check the water meter again. If the number changed water is escaping from somewhere. If this occurs it would be wise to contact a licensed plumber in Jacksonville to inspect your homes pipes.

Plumber in Jacksonville FL

Metro-Rooter is one of the largest plumbing contractors throughout Northeast FL. If you feel you are in need of plumbing repair services or you have an emergency plumbing situation that needs immediate attention, call us today (904) 695-1911.