Since childhood, most people have heard countless reminders and advice on how to keep from wasting water. “Don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth” and “don’t take too long in the shower” are two pieces of advice that almost everyone has heard. Today, there are much more options than that, and Pittsburgh plumbers can help you utilize them so you can conserve water not only for the environment’s sake, but to save on your water bill as well.
When you’re looking to save water, your main water line is a good place to start. In order to function as needed, water pressure in the home should measure 55 psi (pressure per square inch), but in many homes, water pressure is twice that. Pittsburgh plumbers can evaluate the pressure in your main line, and let you know exactly where you stand. If your water pressure is elevated, they can install a pressure reducing valve (PRV) which will cut down on water use across your home. A reduction in pressure as little as 10 psi can save thousands of gallons of water each year.
Lower overall water pressure can have other benefits as well. Pipes and other plumbing fixtures tend to have a longer shelf life when water is flowing a bit more gently, and many typical plumbing problems, such as leaks, are greatly reduced when a PRV is installed. Also, since there is less water flowing through your pipes, it takes less energy (and money) to heat it.
The installation of a pressure reducing valve is relatively affordable, especially when you consider that it reduces the wear and tear on your pipes, fixtures, and water based appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.
Of course, there’s other ways to conserve water as well. High efficiency toilets and water saving faucets are also available to help manage water use. If you’re finding your water bill to be a bit too high, or if you want to do more about water conservation, call Stahl Plumbing for a free estimate.