Whether you are concerned about the environment or you just want to keep your water bill down, it's important to check your home for water waste. A toilet that runs too long or a faucet that continually drips can make you lose gallons of water every month in your home. For example, a toilet that is stuck continuously running for one day will lose up to 200 gallons of water. While some higher water usage days are expected if you are topping off a pool or watering your lawn, keeping leaks and drips in check is going to minimize your water loss throughout the year.
Fixing That Dripping Faucet
While a faucet that is dripping all day long may not seem like a big deal, one small drip can lose up to 20 gallons of water a day. This goes the same for a dripping shower head. If you have a faucet that you can't seem to stop, you can try to install a new faucet on your own. While this isn't a big job, if you have no interest in replacing your faucet on your own, you can call a plumber to repair the faucet for you. It may help to have a number of small leaks repaired in your home at the same time, so that you don't have to call in a plumber for each problem individually.
When Your Toilet Keeps Running
A toilet that continues to run is losing a lot of water, while one that fills up too high is also going to waste water. Take a look inside your tank to see if the components are working properly. Sometimes the flapper will get stuck open because the chain from the handle to the flapper got crimped. If this is the case, simply straightening out the chain can resolve the problem. If your toilet continues to have problems flushing or simply won't stop running, you can turn off the water until you can have the problem fixed. Whether you install new toilet components on your own or you call in a plumber, getting this fixed should be a priority.
You can have other leaks in your home that are adding to your water waste. Check around your water heater to make sure you there isn't any water leaking from the tank. Check the connection to your washing machine to see if there are any leaks. The more you can control the water waste in your home, the more money you will save over the year.