In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the possible culprits in wasted water from your home’s plumbing system. Wasted water is an issue for several reasons, from money lost to environmental issues and more, and there may be a few sources within your plumbing system that are creating it.

At City Creek Plumbing, this is one of numerous areas we’re happy to assist clients in Kaysville and nearby areas with during our bathroom plumbing, kitchen plumbing and other specific plumbing services. What are some other ways your plumbing system might be wasting water, either due to your own behaviors or issues you’re unaware of in the system? Here are some others.

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Half-Full Loads

One form of user error that can lead to wasted water from multiple home plumbing components is running half-full loads in the dishwasher or washing machine. These machines require a specific amount of water to operate, and when there’s not enough to fill the cavities (such as when you’re running a small load), they will still use that amount of water.

This means you’ll be using more water than necessary for smaller loads, and that the detergents or soap won’t be as effective. It’s best to wait until you have a full load of dishes in the dishwasher before running it, and same for laundry, to make sure you’re getting the most out of your water use.

Conventional Toilets or Showerheads

If your home is still using older, conventional toilets or showerheads, you may be using more water than necessary. Toilets and showerheads have been gradually upgraded over the years to use significantly less water per flush or flow, making them more efficient without sacrificing performance.

Conventional plumbing fixtures are not only wasteful with regards to water but can also be costlier in the long run due to their inefficient nature. If you’re still using these fixtures, it may be time to upgrade.

Unnecessary Running Water

There are some cases where running water is absolutely necessary, but also many more where it’s not. Make sure you’re turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, wash dishes or anything else that doesn’t require a steady stream of running water.

Some people just assume that this kind of thing won’t waste much water, but this is the wrong way to think about it. Think about a full year of leaving the water running while you brush your teeth — that can add up to a lot of wasted water.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of wasted water from your home’s plumbing system and save yourself money in the process. Your local Kaysville plumber is here to help you with any other specific issues or problems – just contact us at City Creek Plumbing today!