Who knew? Simple maintenance tips to make life easier in your kitchen and bathroom.
Keep those shower doors clean
Having a hard time removing hard water
deposits from your glass doors? Try taking a sheet of bounce and wipe those doors down.
Fabric softening sheets have water softeners in them. This keeps your clothes soft and
your shower glass free of mineral deposits.
Toilet Tank Leaks
Put a dozen drops of green food
coloring into your toilet tank to test for silent leaks. If the dye appears in the bowl,
you may need to change the ball or flapper. The toilet is leak free if no dye appears
within 15 minutes.
Vanity sink does not hold water
Check inside cabinet under sink
for objects obstructing movement of lever mechanism. Lever mechanism may need adjustment
to ensure stopper is closing fully.
Simple steps that will
Another hot summer of unrelenting heat and sparse rainfall has created a need for
water conservation. Just a few changes can help save water. The products listed can be
purchased in a hardware or home improvement store and easily installed.
Older shower heads use 6-8 gallons of water per minute. save 4-6 gallons of water
per minute with a new low-flow shower head or flow-restrictor device.
Most sink faucets use 6 gallons of water per minute. An aerator cuts this in
A full tub uses 36 gallons of water, while using a few inches saves 25 gallons.
Older toilets use 5-7 gallons of water per flush. A plastic bottle filled with
water placed in side the tank saves about 3 gallons per flush. A new low-flush toilet uses
only 1.6 gallons.
Shaving and washing hands:
If water is kept running 2 to 5 gallons are used. Filling the basin uses only 1
2 to 3 gallons are wasted if water is run continuously. Wetting the brush,
turning the water off, then rinsing at the end uses only 1/2 gallon.
Running the tap water when washing by hand uses 10-30 gallons, while a dishpan
only uses 5 gallons.
Steady dripping from a faucet can waste 15 to 20 gallons per day. Toilet leaks
can double your water bill in just a few short weeks. Fix leaks as soon as they are
A standard-size dishwasher on normal cycle uses almost 11 gallons. Do not run the
dishwasher until it is completely full.
A 2.4 cubic foot clothes washer needs between 24 and 42 gallons depending on the
water level selection. Regulate the water level to match the size of the load.