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5 Common Ways You Are Wasting Water

Access to clean, running water is a luxury many households are fortunate enough to enjoy. However, you may be wasting gallons of water each year without realizing it.

Not only can conserving water save you money on your utility bills, but it also helps keep the environment healthy. The experts at Cook Home Services have some surprising (and not so surprising) ways you may be wasting water in your home.

Taking Long Showers

There is nothing like taking a refreshing shower after a long day in the blazing sun. But did you know that every time you shower, you use about 2 gallons of water per minute? As you can imagine, that can quickly add up. So instead of mindlessly letting the water run, be mindful of how long you are taking and find ways to shorten your shower time.

Leaky Faucets and Pipes 

If you notice a spike in your utility bill, it may be because of a leaky faucet or pipe you may not know about. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet that drips one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. So if you notice a water leak in your home, call a plumbing professional immediately.

Old Plumbing Fixtures

If the plumbing fixtures in your home are several years old, they may be one of the culprits of the wasted water in your home. Newer plumbing fixtures are often more efficient with water which is also helpful in saving you money. When it comes to conserving water, out with the old and in with the new!

Using Your Toilet as a Trashcan

A vast majority of water consumption in your home comes from toilet usage. Here is your reminder that only human waste and toilet tissue should be flushed down your toilet – no exceptions. Not only do unnecessary flushes waste water, but they also risk damaging your pipes.

Running Water While Brushing Your Teeth

This common way you may be wasting water may come as a surprise. Although letting the water run while brushing your teeth may be tempting, you may want to think twice. This mistake can waste gallons of water in your home, especially when you account for how many times everybody in your home brushes their teeth daily.

Every little change you make is one step closer to a more sustainable lifestyle. Start saving water today with Cook Home Services! Our team of experienced and skilled plumbers is always available to help you with any plumbing repairs or replacements that will help you conserve water. Just give us a call at  or schedule your appointment online.