When our Santa Ana plumbing team talks about retro-fitting in plumbing, it doesn't always mean repiping your entire home. It could be as simple as changing out your faucet and showerheads to more efficient, low flow units or switching out an old larger reservoir tank toilet with an eco-friendly low flush toilet. All of our retro-fitting operations have a single goal in mind – making your home or business more efficient in its use of water.
Retro-fitting your home or business can result in lower water and sewage bills and help conserve the water that is available to our community. Our Santa Ana plumbers remind you that the appliances and fixtures in your home were manufactured before 1994, they are probably not very efficient. In 1994 The National Energy Protection Act (NEPA) mandated the use of water-saving plumbing fixtures. This means that your fixtures may be extremely inefficient.
Let's start by looking at your toilet. If you have an older model of toilet that uses 3 to 5 gallons of water per flush, you can cut this usage in half by retro-fitting to a low flush variety that uses 1.5 gallons or less per flush. Because you pay, not only for the water that you flush down the toilet, but the water to fill the reservoir, you are actually saving on both your water bill and sewage bill. By saving 1.5 gallons per flush, you are paying 1.5 gallons less on both bills.
Changing out a standard shower head for a low flow variety can save between 40% and 80% of water usage during a shower. An old shower head could use between 5 and 10 gallons of water per minute where the newest low flow shower heads can use as little as 2 gallons per minute.
Faucets can also be retrofit with the simple addition of an aerator at the end of the nozzle. Bathroom faucets can be reduced from 3 gallons per minute in flow to roughly 1/3 of that, 1 gallon per minute. Kitchen faucets can be reduced by half, to about 1.5 gallons per minute.
By retro-fitting your home or business our Santa Ana plumbing service suggests it could be possible to cut your water usage by 50% or more. The effect on your bottom line could be substantial.