Nothing like getting your home clean inside and out after a long winter. So while you’re reveling in the clean spring air, here are five simple DIY home projects that will help prevent costly repairs, and help you save water and money throughout the summer.

  1. Check your Kitchen and Bathroom faucets for leaks.  You can save money by repairing the faucet yourself.  It is simple to replace your cartridge or stem and you will save water by stopping the leak. The Danco Stem Finder part finder tool can help guide you to the right part with a few easy steps.
  2. Check your Appliance Hoses.  Home Insurance companies estimate that the most costly unexpected home damage is caused by burst supply line connector hoses. It is a good idea to check your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher and ice maker supply lines.
  3. Replace your original faucet aerator that is in your faucet with water-saving aeratorsYou do not have to sacrifice water pressure to save water. Danco’s water-saving aerators have Cyclone Technology which reduces water consumption without sacrificing water pressure. According to the EPA, “Replacing old, inefficient faucets and aerators with WaterSense labeled models can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to take 40 showers.”
  4. Check your Kitchen and Bathroom strainers and stoppers to make sure these are in working order. This is a good time to replace your older model to a new strainer that will keep objects from going down the drain and getting lodged in the pipes below. When drains are left unprotected, items like shampoo lids, soap, and toys can get into the drain causing clogs.  Repairs can be invasive and expensive. Replace your shower drain cover with the Danco Hair Catcher. Prevent clogged drains before they happen. The hidden basket stops hair from going down the drain and keeps the drain flowing freely.
  5. Turn your toilet into a dual-flush water-saving toilet.  According to the EPA, “Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption.” Installing a Dual-Flush Toilet Repair Kit will keep your toilet operating more efficiently and you will begin to save water all year long.