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Living in our modern life, saving water is a huge responsibility for anyone of us. I can assure you, in every household, the most wasting water place is the bathroom. In addition to bathing, if your toilet facilities is not in the good condition or your usage is not appropriate, these will lead to wasted water, which directly affects to your budget (water bill) and water resources of all around you. So have you ever wonder “How can I keep my toilet from wasting water?”. The amount of water used by your toilet can easily be reduced with good maintenance and simple water saving initiatives. With the article below, we will help you to widen your knowledge about prevent water wastage in your own toilet. So, let’s take a closer look!
It might takes a lot of water to produce the food you eat, the energy you use and all the things that you buy. Please read the article carefully and if you find it suitable, use our tips below to reduce the use of water in the bathroom. You may find lots of ways to reduce your water footprint.
Get a low-flow toilet.
A low-flush toilet (low-flow toilet or high-efficiency toilet) is a flush toilet that uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet. They came into use in the United States in the 1990s, in response to water conservation concerns. Low-flush toilets include two main types: single-flush models and dual-flush toilets, which typically use 1.6 US for the full flush and 1.28 US for a reduced flush. Flushing is the biggest water hog in the house. The traditional toilet can use 5 to 7 gallons per flush, but with the low-flow models, it use as little as 1.6 gallons. Since the average person flushes five times a day, the gallons can really add up.
Put dye or food coloring into the tank to check for a toilet leak.
If you have a heavy leak in your toilet, it’s easy to diagnose – the faint sound of the toilet tank continuously replenishing is a dead giveaway. Check it with food coloring!
- A simple test for toilet water leaks, place a half dozen or so drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Leave the toilet alone for a half hour or more. Come back and check to see if the water in the bowl of the toilet has become tinted with the food-coloring dye from the tank. If it has, you’ve got a leak between the tank and the bowl.
- If you have a slow leak in your toilet tank, hundreds of gallons are just slowly and silently flow down the side of your toilet bowl each month. Finally you can easily detect if the uptick in your water bill is from a slow leak or not!
Practice “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down”.
The saying may be cliché, but it is good advice. If you are grossed-out by the “yellow”, just put the toilet lid down.
- The phrase used to determine the appropriate circumstances under which to flush a toilet. Urine was to be left unflushed in the toilet bowl while feces were to be flushed right after bowel evacuation. This was used in efforts of water saving either in the sense of environmental conservation or the saving of clean toilet tank water during power outages in remote areas.
Don’t flush things down the toilet to dispose of them.
Surprisingly, not everyone knows this, so seemingly harmless items make their way into the toilet and cause problems. Randomly flushing objects can have costly implications for your pipes, far beyond a clogged toilet. To help you save your pipes and your wallet also, you should never flush down your toilet something namely cotton swabs and cotton balls, cigarette butts, hair, etc. Throw tissues and other bathroom waste in the garbage can, which does not require a gallons of water.
- Put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush (if you can not replace your higher volume toilet). And while a full toilet replacement is the ultimate goal, there is one thing you can do to make an instant difference: Put a glass or plastic canister (like a water bottle) in your toilet tank to decrease the amount of water that flushes out.
- This has been a common method dating back to wartime rationing, when many people used bricks in the toilet to decrease their water usage. Bricks, however, are not a suitable ideal for this, as they have the potential to degrade under the water and send pipe-damaging sediment down the drain. Instead of that, you can find a narrow plastic bottle that is as large as possible but still fitting with the moving parts inside the toilet. Place a few heavy items inside it (such as rocks) then fill the rest with water. The added weight will help keep it from floating around when the toilet flushes. Take the lid off the toilet tank and place the bottle inside, in an out-of-the-way spot. If you put a half gallon container in the tank, you may save half a gallon of water per flush and over 800 gallons per year.
Check your water supply.
- Last but not least, another easy way you can make a toilet more water efficient is by blocking any leaks. Often, these will occur where the copper water line meets your toilet, and they may show up as a pool of water on the floor or “sweat” on the copper line. Turn off the water, disconnect the line and take a look at the rubber gasket inside. After many years of use, these rubber stoppers can deteriorate and will begin to let water escape through. If you feel pitting in the rubber or see rubber bits on the valve, pry out the gasket and replace it with a new one.
- While older-model toilets can be the source of wasted water in a home, making them more efficient is possible with little effort and minimal cost.
To conclusion, we hope that we are successful to make you understand the threat that might effect directly to yourself and people around when you wasting water in your own toilet. I might say it again, “Save water, save life, save the world”, so saving water is the main duty for all of us. Please read this article carefully and try some tips that we mentioned above, it will be definitely helpful for you to prevent water wastage. We should save water for proper supply of water to future generations without contaminating it. If you have anything to ask or to add, feel free to comment in the section below and we will answer you one by one!