Most people these days remember to turn off sprinkler systems during the rainy season, an important way to conserve water.
But do you know that even during the rainy season, you still may be wasting more water than you think?
This is the perfect time of year for doing simple maintenance checks to make sure you're saving every drop possible (and saving on your water bill).
Here are some things to check for in your home.
Aerators -- Most faucets are equipped with aerators that mix air and water for a smoother flow. Cleaning your aerators once a year removes mineral and debris buildup. To check it out, (1) unscrew the aerator, (2) lay the parts on the counter in the order in which you removed them or make a sketch of their order so you can put them back correctly, (3) rinse each part with water and clean all screen holes with a toothbrush or toothpick. To remove hard water scale, soak the parts in vinegar or lime dissolver, then rinse with water before putting them back together. If a part is worn, replace it or install a new aerator.
Toilets -- So you think your toilet doesn’t leak? You may have to think again. Try this simple test to help detect the most common cause of toilet leaks: Put some food coloring in the tank and then leave for 15 minutes. When you return, look in the toilet bowl. If the water in the bowl is the same color as the dye, it’s time for a new flapper! After installing the flapper or calling a plumber to do it for you, run the dye test again to ensure that your toilet is not still leaking. If the leak persists, you may have to replace the entire flush valve.
Refrigerators -- Water lines for cold water dispensers and ice makers are usually connected from under the sink to the back of the refrigerator. These lines often run behind or under kitchen cabinets or walls. Since water lines are not in full view, leaks can often go undetected until they become big and expensive, potentially damaging other appliances, cabinets, walls and floors. So check for leaks or call a plumbing or refrigeration expert to do this important job for you.
For more information go here or call the PWP AnswerLine at 744-6970.
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