Ask a Portland Plumber: Do I Need a Shower Head Replacement?
Shower Head Replacement Test
A slow leaking faucet may not seem like a huge deal. There are plenty of other potential plumbing catastrophes that Portland homeowners work to avoid, but even a slow leaking faucet could be detrimental to your water bill—not to mention bad for the environment. So, as we begin to embark upon our spring cleaning, double-checking along the way for leaky faucets is probably a good idea.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a faucet that leaks at one drip per second can waste more than eight gallons of water a day? That’s over 3,000 gallons per year! Not only is this wasteful and harmful to the environment, but it’s also expensive.
3 Mountains Plumbing has always been committed to green initiatives in Portland and we do everything in our power to help promote environmentally sound plumbing practices. We recommend water-saving shower heads as a fairly simple and inexpensive way our customers can begin to reduce their carbon footprint.
Why Spend Money on Water That’s Not Being Used?
Why spend money on water that’s not being used and why bother listening to a constant dripping sound when you can easily take matters into your own hands? Of course, wasted water leads to further corrosion problems.
A Quick Shower Head Replacement Test
Here are some steps you can take to check if you should replace your shower head and save some cash:
What you need:
- A bucket (ideally one marked in gallon increments),
- A stopwatch or clock
- Place the bucket under your shower head.
- Turn the shower on to whatever pressure setting you normally use.
- Grab your stopwatch and time how many seconds it takes to reach the one-gallon mark.
- If the water takes fewer than 30 seconds to reach the one-gallon mark, a water-saving shower head would be beneficial.
Take control of your leaky shower head and don’t let your money slip down the drain! Contact 3 Mountains Plumbing of Portland with additional shower head repair or replacement questions.