This is the time of the year when many people invite family and friends to come and stay for extended visits. And, the extra people in the house means more use for your plumbing system. This includes the shower, toilet, bathroom sink, and dishwasher.
While there are other appliances and areas of the home that are included, these are the main areas that see extra use with more people in the home.
But, if you have been cluing in on your water usage throughout the rest of the year then you know how these areas of your plumbing system can see a waste of water.
Luckily, there are things that you can do. Here are some tips:
- Make sure to always wash a full load of dishes when you run the dishwasher. These appliances are specially designed to use the right amount of water and power for a full load of dishes. So, if you are only washing a half-load then you are using twice as much water and power as necessary. With most systems there is not a way to adjust this so, the only solution is to always wash a full load.
- Check the area around the base of your toilet. Make sure that the seal of caulking is in good shape and not missing or damaged. This caulking is important because if the toilet accumulates condensation, the water droplets will drip down the side of the tank and into the flooring. A subfloor that is wet will quickly attract mildew and insects.
- Make sure that the shower and sink are equipped with low-flow water fixtures. This is the best way to ensure that water is not wasted. If you have young visitors staying, it is common for the water to run while they are brushing their teeth so, the low-flow fixtures will help to combat this scenario.
Many years ago, families didn’t move far from one another because it was too difficult to visit. But, now with technology and travel as advanced as they are, it is not uncommon for families to live several states away. But, the holidays are the time when everyone comes together. Make sure that your plumbing system is ready for it!