The world’s water resources are severely limited and we all should make an active effort not to waste water. So what can you do to save water in your home? Here are some tips from one of the top experts of plumbing in Melbourne.
Plumbing in Melbourne: Top Ten Tips to Save Water
- Replace old appliances that use a lot of water with more modern types. For example, nowadays toilers are made with a duel flushing facility that will allow you to do either a large or a small flush. When you press the lever or button and then release it, you’ll get a part-flush; but when you hold the lever down, you’ll get a full flush.
- Change the old showerhead in your shower for a water-efficient type. Doing this you can save thousands of litres of water per person every year. There are various showerhead exchange programs in Australia where you can swop out without paying a cent. And when you shower, do so as quickly as possible. Showering for just one minute less than you normally do can save three buckets of water.
- Don’t leave water running when you brush your teeth and wash the dishes. That is perfectly good drinking water going down the drain.
- When taps start dripping, fix them immediately. Normally drips are caused by worn-out washers. Washers are not difficult to remove and replace, but if you aren’t sure what to do, rather call in a reputable handyman or plumber to help you. You’ll be surprised how much water a dripping tap can waste – and just how often this happens to taps and plumbing in Melbourne.
- Service and maintain water pipes regularly to prevent problems. If pipes start leaking, fix them or get them fixed by a plumber. Be warned that many people are unaware of leaking pipes, especially those that are buried beneath the ground. If your water bill suddenly soars, check the water line for leaks.
- Maintain and clean kitchen grease traps (that catch the grease from pots, pans and so on) regularly. If you don’t, you’re likely to end up with blockages and overflows that will waste water.
- Use storm water and grey water from baths, showers, basins, washing machines and dish washers to irrigate your garden. Grey water isn’t clear and clean like tap water, but it also isn’t polluted like the water that flows from our toilets (black water). And the experts say that between 50% and 80% of the waste water that comes from our homes is grey water. Many experts also say that we should use grey water for below-ground irrigation rather than use it to actually water lawns and other plants. You can either siphon off the grey water yourself, or ask a plumber to install a grey water system.
- If you have a sprinkler system in the garden, install timers to control water usage. Whether you have a sprinkler system or do the watering by hand with a hosepipe, try to water later in the day when temperatures are generally cooler.
- Mulch garden beds to reduce evaporation and prevent water from running off surface soil. And grow water-wise plants in your garden that don’t need an excessive amount of water to thrive.
- Consider installing your own metre to check how much water you are using. If you keep a constant check on water usage, you’ll be more aware of how much is being wasted, which should motivate you and your family to cut down.
The team of professionals at Precision Electrical and Plumbing is here to help you save water. We regularly assess plumbing in Melbourne homes and advise our clients on the best steps they can take. Call us today for a free quotation.