According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, American households waste more than 180 gallons of water per week from household leaks. The same agency also estimates that the average family can waste more than 200 gallons from inefficient plumbing fixtures, such as showerheads, faucets, and toilets.
But here’s the thing: homeowners and businesses can prevent water waste and save a lot of money by making certain plumbing upgrades. Here at Trust Rooter, one of our goals is to help our customers save water and money by offering plumbing upgrades and resolving a wide range of plumbing problems.
Read on to learn the plumbing upgrades that help with water conservation.
Older toilets can use a significant amount of water with each flush. High-efficiency toilets use less water while still effectively removing waste. Dual-flush toilets are also available, allowing you to choose between a low-volume flush for liquid waste and a higher-volume flush for solid waste.
These showerheads are designed to limit water flow, using less than 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), compared to traditional showerheads that can use 5 GPM or more. You'll save both water and the energy used to heat it.
Just like low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets reduce the amount of water used when washing hands, dishes, or doing other tasks at the sink. They use 1.5 GPM or less, compared to older faucets that might use 2.2 GPM or more.
These valves can help reduce the water pressure in your plumbing system. Excessively high water pressure can lead to water waste as well as damage to pipes and appliances. By regulating the pressure, you can save water and extend the life of your plumbing system.
These systems recirculate hot water to your faucets and showers, so you don't have to wait for the water to get hot. This can save water that would otherwise be wasted while waiting for it to heat up.
Installing a leak detection system, such as smart water sensors, can help you identify and address leaks early. Even small leaks can add up to significant water waste over time. Once you detect a water leak, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumbing service for leak repair.
Replacing old, corroded, or leak-prone pipes with newer materials like PEX or copper can help prevent water leaks and reduce water waste. If your pipes are deteriorating, call a nearby plumbing service to perform an inspection and replace the pipes. It’s also advisable to insulate your pipes to prevent heat loss and reduce the time it takes for hot water to reach your fixtures.
When you’re ready to upgrade your plumbing fixtures, contact Trust Rooter to schedule service. Our knowledgeable and experienced plumbers will help you find the right fixtures for your home or commercial property and install them professionally for you.