Find Those Plumbing Leaks and Save Twice as Much!
In Calgary, the average person uses around 7,000 litres of water/month. If you examine your water bill you will see that you pay for water coming into your home and water leaving your home. This charge is called the wastewater and drainage charge. It runs about 75-90% of your water charge! If you are not using your water effectively, or have water leaks in your home like a dripping tap or leaking toilet, there is a huge potential to save money…. a x 2 potential! Do some investigative work and take some action.
We chatted with Tom Kerber, a senior Service Plumber at Calgary’s Canyon Plumbing and Heating to find out a quick and easy way to identify water leaks. He provided us with some great easy tips for accomplishing this.
“To check to see if your toilet tank is leaking into the bowl you first need to put several drops of dark food colouring into the toilet tank. Let the food colouring mix into the tank water for 10 -20 minutes, then check to see if the water in the bowl has changed color. If the color has changed your toilet has a leak and will need repair. One toilet leak can cost you upwards of a $100.00 per year on your water bill.
“Check all your toilets every 6 months to make sure you are not wasting water. Toilet tank cleaners that sit in your tank can cause the parts in your toilet tank to corrode and deteriorate faster and cause leakage, you may need to test for leaks more often if these in tank cleaners are present.
“Check toilet manufacture guidelines on in-tank cleaners… sometimes they strongly recommend not using them”
Overall water leaks in the home can be minor and hard to detect. One easy way to check is to shut off all water appliances, humidifiers, ice makers and check the dial on your water meter. If the small dial on your water meter is spinning then there is water leak somewhere in the house. If you can’t find the source call a licensed Calgary plumber to locate and repair the leaks. Check out Who To Call for a list of Calgary plumbers to help you. Go to Who To Call to connect with a licensed plumber in just a few short minutes.
We sometimes think that this will make no difference whatsoever but according to a story on the City of Calgary website, one Calgary resident cut her water bill by a whopping 50%. She said that learning how to read he water bill served as a huge motivator. Her conservation efforts included investing in two low flow toilets, decreasing her water softener cycles and ran less frequent washing loads. In addition she turned of the tap when she was not actively using it.
For replacing your toilets, first hire a licenced plumber using Who To Call at www.whotocall.ca and then check out the residential toilet replacement program available through the City of Calgary. When you make the switch, you could be eligible for an additional $50 in savings! Not too bad considering this will also result in upwards of $100/year savings on your water bill.