The bathroom has the potential to be an oasis in your Sarasota, Florida, home, but your bathroom won’t ever reach that level if you don’t make a few plumbing updates first. Discover some ways to keep your bathroom updated with the following five DIY plumbing projects.
Install a Water Filter
Installing a water filter is a great alternative to purchasing bottled water or juggling pitchers of water in the refrigerator. In fact, adding a filter under your bathroom sink can give you gallons of easily accessible water that’s clean and tastes fresh. The installation process for a semi-permanent water filter isn’t particularly difficult, but the installation requires a few hours and basic plumbing tools, such as tongue-and-groove pliers, a drill, and a propane torch. If this level of installation is beyond your skills, be sure to contact a professional for plumbing maintenance and water filter installation.
Fix a Leaky Faucet
Leaky faucets may seem like minor problems, but the wasted water can quickly add up. One drop doesn’t equal much, but a leaky bathroom faucet that drips once per minute ultimately wastes 34 gallons over the course of a year.
To figure out how major the faucet repair will be, find the source of the leak. A leak at the base of the faucet typically indicates that the spouts O-rings need to be replaced, while a leak through the spout while the faucet is in an off position can mean the entire faucet needs to be replaced. If you’re not familiar with faucet components and basic fixes, call a professional for plumbing repairs.
Use a Low-Flow Showerhead
Showering comprises about 17 percent of the total water use in your home. An average family uses about 40 gallons each day, and the entire nation uses more than 1 trillion gallons of water for showering each year.
The most effective way to decrease your water usage is to replace your conventional showerhead with a low-flow WaterSense showerhead. By making the switch, you can lower your usage from more than 2 1/2 gallons of water per minute with a conventional showerhead to under 2 gallons per minute with a low-flow device. Overall, an average family can save nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year by making this switch.
To further curb your water usage, consider taking shorter showers consistently or turning off the water while you’re lathering up.
Stop the Toilet From Running
A toilet that won’t stop running both wastes water and won’t flush properly. To resolve this issue on your own, remove the lid of the tank, check the fill tube, and adjust the fill height. Next, adjust the flapper chain and change the flapper if necessary. Although this maintenance task can be a DIY project for many homeowners, don’t hesitate to refer to an experienced contractor for anything from basic toilet repairs to complete bathroom repiping.
Upgrade to an Efficient Toilet
If your running toilet is the sign of a larger issue, consider replacing your toilet altogether and upgrading to a more efficient toilet. As the single largest source of water use in the average home, the toilet accounts for nearly 30 percent of a typical household’s water usage. Although toilets can last for decades, this longevity isn’t always a good thing. Older toilets waste vast amounts of water each day, since they can use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush.
Newer WaterSense toilets are much more efficient and use as little as 1.28 gallons of water per flush. A typical household can reduce water consumption by up to 60 percent per year. Upgrading to a new toilet comes with a price tag, but the water savings can equal more than $100 per year, making replacement costs easier on your budget. Keep in mind that experienced amateur plumbers may be comfortable replacing a toilet on their own, but most homeowners will want to call a professional to do this complex job.
Could your bathroom plumbing use an update? Contact the plumbing experts at Aqua Plumbing & Air, (941) 306-3715, to schedule an appointment today.
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