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How to Save Water in Your Home

December 14, 2021 | Blog

Saving water is not only beneficial for your wallet, it may sometimes be necessary in the event of a drought. San Rafael is no stranger to droughts, so how can homeowners save water without cutting important tasks out of their daily life?


At Gotelli Plumbing, we understand saving water can be achieved in more ways than just taking shorter showers. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide with some helpful tips on how to effectively save water.

Check Your Home for Leaks

Water-based appliances may spring leaks over time. This water leak may seem like nothing, but it can add up over time.


You can check your toilet for a leak by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the color appears in the blow before you’ve flushed, it may be a sign of a leak. This could waste up to 100 gallons of water per day!


Not only are they annoying, but leaky pipes or faucets could waste nearly 50 gallons of water per day. These also may be signs of more serious plumbing issues, so it may be worth it to call a plumber.

Install a Leak Detection System

Water leak detection equipment is a great way to ensure you aren’t wasting a drop of water. This technology can’t prevent a leak, but it can detect one right away to prevent gallons of lost water before you notice the issue.


This system is installed at the beginning of your home’s water line so it can stop an issue at its source. When unusual water pressure is detected, this system will seal the pipe. The system will then alert you to an issue so you can contact a plumber right away.


Detecting a leak early will not only save water, but it can also save you money on repair costs. Leaks can sometimes damage appliances or pipes if they’re left unattended, so stopping them early can help save you money in the long run.

Change Up Your Hygiene Routine

This isn’t to say you need to start skipping showers. Taking shorter showers or switching it up by taking a bath could help save water in the long run. You can also invest in water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.


Here’s a neat trick: the next time you take a shower, consider placing a bucket in the tub to collect excess water. You can then use this to water plants or rinse something off outside.


When it comes to hygiene outside of the tub, consider turning off the water when you shave. Fill the sink with a shallow pool of warm water to dip into instead. Similarly, turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth. This may seem like a small amount of water saved, but it adds up quickly.

Save the Water for Indoor Use

We all want a healthy-looking lawn, but cranking on the sprinkler system every day can waste a lot of water. You should water your lawn only when it needs it, as a regular schedule doesn’t account for rainfall or cloudy days. If your grass springs up after you step on it, watering isn’t necessary.


You can also deep-soak your lawn, in which you water it long enough for the water to seep down into the roots. Short bursts of water will only collect on top of the grass, evaporating before it hits the roots. This can prevent the need for frequent watering.


Trust in the Pros at Gotelli Plumbing

We’re proud to be Marin county leak detection specialists. Leak detection is essential to saving homeowners water and money, especially during a drought. Contact us today to learn how we can help with all your plumbing needs!

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