Britain’s best known plumber and Secret Millionaire, Charlie Mullins, has given his expert advice to home owners on how to save water around the home.
Charlie, Managing Director of Pimlico Plumbers, said: “Even though we live in a country plagued by wet weather we’re never far away from a hosepipe ban. With a heatwave on the horizon it will pay to be vigilant when using water during the summer months. Following these simple steps will go a long way to reduce the amount of water unnecessarily used.”
Charlie’s top tips:
1.Check your water meter, if you’re not using water and your dials have moved you may have a leak.
2.If the toilet flush handle sticks in the flush position and lets water run, replace or adjust it.
3.Replacing an old showerhead can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing full spray actions at low or high water pressures.
4.Invest in water-efficient goods when you need to replace household products.
5.Fill a jug with tap water and place it in your fridge. This is mean you don’t have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass.
6.Turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.
7.Don't use your washing machine until you've got a full load. The average wash needs about 95 litres. A full load uses less water than two half loads.
8.Replacing a toilet cistern can save water. Toilets manufactured after 1993 use less water per flush.
9.Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year.
10.Fix a leaking toilet otherwise it can waste up to 250,000 litres of water a year.