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Making Eco-Friendly Plumbing Choices

“Going green” has been a major topic of discussion for many years. The earth has piles of garbage sitting in its oceans, air pollution destroying the ozone layer, national forests being cut down, along with climate change issues. Much of the responsibility to take eco-friendly actions falls onto individuals. The idea of saving the planet is intimidating and seemingly impossible.

However, there are a few simple tactics that people can implement around their homes to make their day-to-day lives and actions more eco-friendly, including implementing these green plumbing techniques to save water.

Switch to Green Water Pipes

water pipesMost people probably don’t give much thought to the water pipe materials that their homes are made with, but the material used does make a difference when it comes to being eco-friendly. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is the most common material for building water pipes.

However, these hard plastics are difficult to recycle, so they often end up adding to overflowing landfills. Some PVC pipes can be recycled, but this process is expensive, so most people don’t bother with it.

Iron and copper pipes are the next most common material used for water pipes. These metal pipes are much easier to recycle, but they do take more energy to create than plastic pipes. Other plastic pipes are starting to be introduced made from polyethylene and polypropylene. These plastics take less energy to create than metal pipes and are easily recyclable making them a more eco-friendly option.

Saving on Bathroom Plumbing

As new gadgets and accessories are coming out for around the home, pay attention to the green products for bathrooms. Installing a high-efficiency toilet uses only about 1.25 gallons of water per flush, rather than 3.5-7 gallons like other toilets. Using a low-flow showerhead or taking shorter showers can also help save water.

bathroom plumbing

Even simple tasks like shutting off the water while shaving or brushing teeth can save gallons of water every day. Just imagine the amount of money that could be saved by taking some of these small bathroom plumbing actions into consideration!

Check For Leaks on Outdoor Plumbing

outdoor plumbingLeaks and drips can happen in both indoor and outdoor plumbing systems, so it’s important to check for leaks regularly. A faucet drip or invisible leak in the toilet can waste up to 15 gallons of water every day!

The same is true for outdoor plumbing. How can someone determine if a leak is coming from inside or outside? One test is to turn off the main water valve and look at the meter.

If the meter isn’t moving, that means the leak is coming from inside the house. However, if it is moving, the leak is likely outside. If this is the case, it’s best to look for a plumbing professional to identify where the leak is and fix it.

About Korte Does It All, Inc

Korte Does It All, Inc is a one-stop resource for complete electrical, heating, cooling, and plumbing solutions with over 50 years of experience. From repair and installation to maintenance, their expert technicians offer same-day service 24/7. They keep standards extremely high to make sure that customers’ needs are met with the best service