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How to Conserve Water at Home


We all do our part to make sure that our homes are energy efficient. Most of the time, this can center around your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. After all, your HVAC systems consume the most energy in a home. While this is the case, it doesn’t mean you should neglect the other parts of your home that affect your overall bottom line. Today, we want to focus on water conservation. 

It’s easy to have tiny, seemingly insignificant leaks in your home, but the fact of the matter is that these can really add up. If you’re ready to change your plumbing in Calgary, AB for the better, then we suggest getting in touch with our team members. We understand the ins and outs of plumbing and water conservation and we’ll help you. 

Are You Wasting Water?

First things first, let’s figure out if you have an efficiency problem with your plumbing system.

What you’ll need: 10 drops of your favourite shade of liquid food coloring.

Why try this test: To determine if your toilet’s tank is leaking into the bowl and being wasted as it’s moving down the drain. This means more wasted water and higher water bills. 

Signs that you have a problem: The trouble with wasting water this way is that it’s not always obvious that it’s happening. There often aren’t any signs that water flowing from the tank into the bowl is being wasted. The only sign is usually “phantom flushing.” This is when the toilet flushes on its own. 

How to test for issues:

  1. Remove your toilet tank lid and place it on the floor. (Pro Tip: This is important because if the lid breaks, it’s almost impossible to find a replacement. This means you’ll have to invest in a new toilet. Save yourself the trouble and make sure that your toilet lid doesn’t drop off the counter or the bathtub ledge.)
  2. Place 10 drops of food colouring into the toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes before flushing.
  3. Look into the toilet bowl. If there is no food coloring in the bowl, then your toilet tank isn’t leaking. If you do discover a leak, you can schedule an appointment with us for one of our service technicians to come and repair the parts that are causing the leak. 

How to Remedy Your Issues

Although you can check if your toilet is leaking on your own, we don’t recommend that you try to fix this issue yourself. Instead, we always recommend that you lean on a professional when you’re in need. We recommend our technicians in particular because they’re smart, qualified, and capable. We have 45 years of experience as a team and we make sure the wisdom and experience that we’ve accrued over the years is passed on to you through each of our technicians. Make sure you schedule an appointment with us for what you need. 

Contact Ace Plumbing and Heating today to schedule an appointment with our professionals for your plumbing needs. Happy Today or You Don’t Pay.

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