Older bathrooms are typically entirely usable, but their fixtures and systems may not actively conserve water. In this room, you may use more water than is strictly necessary.
While you may not be ready to replace your bathroom just yet, you may take some steps to lessen the amount of water wasted in the space. Your plumber can assist you in modifying existing systems and putting in water-saving measures. You’ll use less water and save money on utilities.
Where can your plumber assist you in making cost-effective savings? There are four options.
1. Installing a Water Aerator
A water aerator is a small device that screws onto the end of your shower’s hose or the end of your shower head. The water then runs through the aerator, which mixes it with air. This cools the water, making it feel warmer and softer. However, it also reduces the flow of water you get, saving you money and conserving water.
An aerator cuts water flow by between 25% and 60%. While you might expect this would be an inconvenience, it isn’t. You still get plenty of water, but it feels warm and makes your skin feel softer.
2. Detection and repair of leaks
If your monthly water usage appears to be far too high on your bills, and you’ve already tried to reduce it in other ways, the issue could be concealed leaks in the plumbing. This is a prevalent problem in homes built before 1970. Steel, iron, lead, and obsolete plastic pipes may be leaking in places where you can see them. You can hire a professional plumber to locate leaks in your home and handle the necessary repairs and replacements. (In the case of older properties, your plumber may suggest a complete repiping.)
3. Low-Flow Bathroom Fixtures
Replacing regular bathroom fixtures with low-flow fittings is one of the simplest ways to make your home a water-saver, not a water-waster. Installing a low-flow showerhead can cut your daily shower water usage in half (depending on how old the original fixture is). With a low-flow pressure-assist toilet, you can save even more money. Old toilets can use up to 20 litres per flush, whereas a low-flow toilet only needs 5 litres! This method can save you the water equivalent to 40 showers each year.
4. Hot Water Recirculation System
Installing a hot water recirculation system in your home is the best way to guarantee that you never run out of hot water. This equipment saves all the hot water that would otherwise flow down the drain. Instead, it pumps it through the water heater. This eliminates the problem of waiting for new water to heat up.
Saving water in your bathroom is easy. The main thing to do is think about your habits and whether you could change them for the better. Your plumber will provide the necessary systems and devices to help you do that.
Sunny Coast Plumbing and Gas provides 24-hour plumbing service in the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane. Our services include residential and commercial plumbing, gas fitting, and hot water system. We also do repairs, maintenance, and renovation work, so contact us today!