Not only can water conservation help you cut costs and save energy, but it can also benefit your septic system and leach field. Using less water can prolong the life of your septic system because the less water that flows through the system, the less damage and pollution will occur.
The best way to conserve water is to become conscious of how much water you use on a daily basis. You should also reduce your use where possible and make sure no water goes to waste. In this blog, we will cover the top five things you can do to reduce your use of water and save your septic system.
Top 5 Water Conservation Tips
Insulate Your Pipes
If you use pre-slit foam pipe insulation, it will ensure your pipes are protected and help you get hot water faster. Therefore, you will spend less time wasting water while you wait for it to heat up. Plus pre-slit insulation is an affordable solution and easy to install.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
Energy efficient plumbing fixtures can make a world of difference when it comes to water conservation. Low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets can help you lose less water while still getting the job done. Another option would be energy efficient dishwashers and washing machines. These appliances can help you use less water per load and save on your utility bill.
Take Shorter Showers
Even though long showers can be relaxing, it’s important to keep in mind how much water you use during your shower. To put it in perspective, just a five to ten minute shower can use roughly 25 gallons of water. The best way to reduce your use of water in the shower is to turn off the water after you lather up, then turn it back on to rinse.
Reduce Overall Water Use
Be aware of your water usage and make an effort to be less wasteful. For example, if you let the faucet run while you brush your teeth or shave your face, it’s a waste of water. Be sure to shut off the faucet when you aren’t using it. It’s also important to only flush the toilet when it’s necessary because every flush uses seven gallons of water.
Check for Leaks
A leaky faucet may not seem like a huge deal, but overtime it can add an extra ten gallons or more of water a day to your septic system. To check if there are any leaks in your plumbing or septic system, you can put Kool-Aid or dye in the toilet tank. Once you add the Kool-Aid to the toilet, don’t flush, and wait for about 15 to 30 minutes. If the toilet water in the toilet bowl changes color, then you know you have a toilet leaking. You can repair it yourself or have a plumber fix it for you.
Call Front Range Septic
Front Range Septic offers septic tank pumping, maintenance, and repair services throughout Northern Colorado. We can help you find out if your septic system has any issues and show you how to prolong the life of your septic tank and leach field.
If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule a service, give us a call at 970-302-0457.