7 Water Conservation Tips – After a long, harsh winter, summer is finally here to stay. Hooray! While that means sweet relief from the cold, summer has its own set of issues that relate to the plumbing and water use in your home. The main one is that overall water usage tends to increase during the summer months. The reasons are fairly simple: lawn maintenance, increased washing machine use, and if you have kids, they’re at home and adding to the water consumption.
Let’s take a look at some simple, proactive steps you can take to reduce the load on your plumbing system over the summer months… and make sure you’re not left with sticker shock when your water bill comes at the end of the month.
- Watering the lawn is a big cause of increased water consumption during the summer, and in fact, many people tend to over-water. Go with fewer, deeper waterings — it will encourage deeper root growth.
- To minimize the water lost to evaporation during watering, water in the morning, if possible, and use a soaker hose or a sprinkler wand.
- In most homes, washing machines get more use during the summer. Every so often, it’s a good idea to check the hoses on your washer to make sure there are no cracks or leaks. Remember: washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
- Be wary of any standing water pooling up around your yard. It can be a sure sign of a cracked or corroded pipe underground. It’s a common plumbing problem to be discovered during the spring and summer, and it’s also an inviting place for nasty insects to breed. If you suspect this, it’s best not to wait around, and contact a plumber immediately.
- If you’re washing your car in the driveway (although you’re really not supposed to within the city of Toronto…), consider using a bucket and a sponge rather than leaving the hose running. A running hose can pump out up to 6 gallons of water per minute.
- To save water, pull a simple rainwater collection system together. Consider that one-third of Toronto’s electricity each year goes toward water pumping and treatment, and you’ll see how each little bit adds up. All it requires is a simple barrel setup and a connection to your downspout. You can then use that water for your gardens – it’s a win-win!
- If you’re concerned that you might have a water leak, check your water meter; wait a couiple of hours, and check it again. If you see changes, there’s likely a leak somewhere in your plumbing.
Our plumbers and technicians are always on-call, and they’re full-time salaried employees, so they’ll never upsell you for a higher commission – so if you run into any pipe issues or plumbing problems in Toronto or the GTA this summer, don’t hesitate to call in the experts at DrainWorks!
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