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Water Conservation Tips for the Summer Months

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Water conservation is especially important during the sweltering months of summer when demand increases dramatically. Pools are maintained, lawns are watered, laundry increases and car washes abound. These activities put a strain on fresh water supply, increasing the importance of water conservation. This post shares simple, easy to follow tips that can help you do your part to protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

Schedule Your Car Wash

Always use a hose nozzle when washing your car. Simply letting a free-flowing hose run during the duration of car washing will waste hundreds of gallons of fresh water. Schedule your car washing after it rains and never the day before. While this might seem difficult, a quick glance at the weather channel can alert you if it is going to rain the next day. In addition, wash your car on the grass so the excess water is put to good use.

Recycle Rainwater

Take advantage of free water whenever it rains. Redirect gutter downspouts to water lawns and gardens. Place rain barrels under downspouts to collect roof runoff. Use it to water potted plants, trees and shrubs or even to wash your car.

Think Before You Water

Do not over-water your lawn. Lawns only require approximately one-inch of water every 5 to 7 days. Set irrigation timers to activate during the morning hours when temperatures are the lowest to reduce evaporation loss. When the forecast calls for rain, turn off your automatic sprinkler system. Inspect irrigation systems regularly. Leaks and broken sprinkler heads can waste precious water resources. Ask you plumbing professional about connecting to a reclaimed water source for lawn irrigation. Reclaimed water costs less and helps you conserve fresh water.

Switch to Showers

Don’t use your shower as a spa. A 5-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 25 gallons of water. Lather up, rinse off and get out. Turn off the water when shaving and brushing your teeth, whether you are in the shower or at the bathroom sink. Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling an average sized bathtub requires approximately 70 gallons of water. If you and your family members switch to showering instead of bathing, you can conserve a good deal of water.

Inspect Plumbing Fixtures

Routinely inspect plumbing fixtures, including faucets, toilets and pipes for leaks. Address any concerns promptly with your plumbing contractor. A simple test can help you identify a toilet tank leak. Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the toilet bowl water changes color, you have a problem.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Spring Irrigation System: What You Should Know Before Turning the Valve

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With spring just around the corner, now is a good time to prepare your irrigation system for the spring planting season and tough summer months that follow. Since many homeowners live in cold climates, their systems are winterized to prevent damage when temperatures drop below freezing. The winterizing process usually involves draining and sealing the system to prevent damage from freezing temperatures. After the thaw, many homeowners simply turn on their irrigation system in the spring without realizing the damage this can cause until they experience busted pipes, cracked fittings, and flying sprinkler heads.

Avoid Water Hammer

Water hammer is the leading cause of irrigation system damage during the initial spring startup. The sudden rush of water traveling through drained pipes compresses trapped air within the system causing a buildup of air pressure that can crack fittings, rupture pipes, and pop sprinkler heads. If this happens, your wallet could suffer a drain by absorbing the repair costs to get your system up and running properly.

Protect Our Natural Resources

According to the National Resources Conservation Service, lawn irrigation accounts for nearly half of residential water use. Often, the damage from improper sprinkler system startup goes unnoticed. Since many of the pipes and fittings within the system are underground, months could go by before you notice a leak. Not only will this waste one of our most precious natural resources, but also will lead to increased utility bills as your system uses more water than necessary. In addition, if your irrigation system is leaking, it could fail to deliver the necessary amounts of water to your landscaping.

Start Your System Correctly

Your plumbing contractor has the experience and knows how to start your irrigation system correctly without causing unnecessary damage. During a routine irrigation startup, your plumber should perform the following tasks.

  • Slowly charge the system with water to avoid water hammer and allow air pressure to escape.
  • Test water pressure to ensure the system is not leaking. Monitoring the system water pressure allows them to identify any leaks.
  • Activate individual zones to verify the main controller is functioning properly.
  • Inspect each sprinkler head for proper operation including coverage and direction.
  • Make any necessary adjustments and/or repairs to the system including timers, controllers, and sprinkler heads.

A well-maintained and operating irrigation system is a crucial component of a lush yard. If it fails to deliver, you could face the additional costs of landscape replacement.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.