There are many ways you can reduce the amount of water you use in your home:
- Take shorter showers.
- Collect running water while you’re waiting for the shower or tub to warm up, then use it for other tasks like watering plants.
- Always turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
- Only run the dishwasher and laundry machines with full loads.
You’ve probably seen all this advice before; it was spread around during our recent drought, and all of it is good advice. But what if you follow all these tips for lowering your water bills but you still find you’re paying more than you think you should? According to the U.S. EPA, a household of four people shouldn’t be using more than 12,000 of water per month. If your usage is higher, you almost certainly have problems with the plumbing, such as leaks or broken fixtures.
Don’t worry—it’s our job to help you in these situations. Below are some of the repairs and replacements we can do to help get those water bills under control and stop needless water waste.
Fixing slab leaks
What’s a “slab leak”? It’s one of the more insidious types of hidden leaks in a home, occurring in either the cold or hot water lines down in the concrete foundation of the building. Finding and repairing slab leaks is an important job that requires plumbers with the best equipment.
Installing low-flow fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom
Your faucets, showerheads, and toilets may be costing you in wasteful operation. Replacing them with low-flow models can make an enormous huge difference. For example, older toilets can use up to 6 gallons per flush, and even newer ones average around 3 gallons per flush. But a low-flow model only uses 1.3 gallons per flush. When you consider that 40% of the water use in your home is from the toilet, you’ll see how much you can save when you more than halve the amount used per flush.
Fixing running toilets
A toilet may not need to be replaced, but it may need to have leaks between the tank and the bowl fixed to prevent it from running unnecessarily. A running toilet can waste thousands of gallons each year. If you’re unsure if your toilet is suffering from one of these leaks, place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If the color has entered the bowl a half hour later, you’ll know the toilet needs repairs because of leaking.
Repairing dripping faucets
This is one of those “minor” plumbing issues that isn’t minor at all. If you ignore a faucet that’s slowly drip-drip-dripping away when it’s shut off, you could end up wasting hundreds of gallons of water per year. Have our plumbers repair those persistent leaky faucets—or even better, replace them with new low-flow faucets.
For professional assistance with your plumbing in Corona, CA or elsewhere in Southern California to help you cut down on your water bills, call our plumbers. We’re always open for business, so when you have a serious emergency you can depend on us to be there.
Sweetwater Plumbing: We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!