If you want to help the environment by saving water and save yourself some money then you should consider inspecting all your bathroom fixtures for leaks. If they do leak then you’ll want to repair those leaks as quickly as possible. Fortunately, many minor repairs around the bathroom are relatively easy to tackle if you have a little patience and a few very basic tools.
The bathroom is the most likely place to find a majority of minor water leaks that are fixable. It has the most outlets for water in most homes and it gets a lot of usage, so it’s understandable if sinks, toilets and showers start to leak after years of repeated daily use. Here, then, are some common leaks to look for:
Sink Faucet Drips: A sink faucet that drips can be annoying, but most people don’t think much of it until they realize how much water they’re wasting each day. Try this: place a paper cup under the leaking faucet and see how much water you collect in an hour and then multiply that amount by 24 hours. Chances are, you’ll be shocked by how much water you’re wasting. In most cases you can get to the old washers in a sink faucet by taking off the handles (a screwdriver may be required) or by twisting off the spout tip. Each bathroom faucet is a little different, so you may need to dig out the manual or take your best guess about how to replace the washers in your faucet.
Leaking Shower/Tub Combo: If you’re bathroom has a full tub with a shower in it, then you probably have a diverter knob you have to turn to make the water come out of the shower head or the bathtub faucet. The valve behind this can wear out over time, which means you’ll be losing water through the bathtub faucet when you take a shower. With a screwdriver and wrench you can probably take out and fix the entire shower diverter knob mechanism. It’s an inexpensive fix and it could save you lots of money in water bills over time.
Intermittently Running Toilet: A constantly running toilet can often be fixed with a cheap plastic part called the toilet flapper. This repair often requires no special tools at all, though you may have to turn off the water to the toilet when you make the repair. The toilet flapper separates the toilet tank from the bowl and it wears out over time. It’s often difficult to measure how much water a leaky toilet flapper really wastes, but it’s still a repair worth tackling.
All you need to fix these leaks is a little time and a minimal amount of tools. That being said, you should probably only attempt repairs you feel comfortable trying. Fixing some of these minor leaks in your bathroom will not conserve water for the environment, but also save you money in your water bill.