March 21, 2016

Saving Water Tips

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Effective Water Conservation Strategies for Homeowners

Water conservation is critical not only for sustaining essential resources but also for maintaining the efficiency of your home’s plumbing system. Here are several practical ways you can contribute to water conservation and reduce your monthly water bills:

1. Choose Eco-Friendly Products

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Using excessive amounts of detergents, bleach, or chemicals can destroy the natural bacteria in your septic system. Opt for biodegradable soaps and detergents that are gentler on the environment and your plumbing system.

2. Smart Watering Practices

  • Use a Timer for Your Sprinkler: Attach a spring-loaded timer to your outside faucet to prevent overwatering your lawn, especially during the summer months. This simple tool can save a significant amount of water by ensuring that your sprinkler only runs as long as necessary.

3. Manage Home Water Pressure

  • Check Water Pressure: High water pressure, above 60 pounds per square inch, can strain your plumbing and increase water usage. Contact your local water authority to learn about the water pressure on your street and consider installing a pressure reducing valve if necessary.

4. Detect and Repair Leaks

  • Monitor Your Water Meter: To check for hidden leaks, record your water meter reading during a time when no water is being used. Recheck it 8 to 10 hours later; any movement indicates a possible leak that needs fixing.
  • Fix Leaky Toilets and Faucets: Repairing leaky toilets, which can waste up to 40% of your home’s water usage, and dripping faucets can save thousands of gallons of water annually. Simple fixes like changing the toilet flapper and fill valve can make a big difference.

5. Adjust Appliance Settings

  • Set Water Heater Temperature: Ensure your water heater temperature is set no higher than 120°F or on a medium setting on older models to reduce energy consumption and prevent overheating.
  • Upgrade Your Shower Head: Replacing old shower heads with newer models can conserve up to 7.5 gallons per minute while still providing strong spray action. This is a straightforward upgrade that offers immediate benefits.


Implementing these water conservation techniques will not only help reduce your environmental impact but also extend the life of your plumbing and reduce your utility costs. Simple changes in daily habits and routine maintenance can lead to significant water savings.

Need Professional Help?

If you’re unsure about how to implement these water conservation tips or if you need help with plumbing repairs, don’t hesitate to contact GAC Plumbing Company at 707-538-8000. Our experts are here to help you optimize your home’s water usage effectively.


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