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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 Plumbing Tune Ups

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Scheduling spring plumbing tune ups should be on the top of your to-do list. Often, homeowners pay little attention to their home’s plumbing system until something breaks, leaks, or becomes totally clogged. Unfortunately, the chances for a plumbing failure increase due to the added strain during the winter months. That is why spring is the perfect time to inspect and address any plumbing problems or concerns. Not only will a plumbing tune up help to prevent unexpected failures, but also prepare your plumbing for the rigorous summer months.

Water Heater Tune Up

Spring is the perfect time to tune up your water heater. Rust, scale, and sediment can build inside the tank over time and diminish its efficiency and performance as well as shorten its life span. During a typical water heater tune up, your plumber will flush the system to remove sediment buildup. They will also verify the tank and/or housing is in good condition, address any leaks, and check or adjust the water temperature settings. In addition, the plumber should verify that the T&P “temperature and pressure” relief valve is in good working condition and replace when necessary.

Irrigation System

Many households shut down and drain their irrigation systems during the winter months to protect it from the freezing temperatures outside. Unfortunately, homeowners fail to realize the damage they can cause by improperly restarting the system in the spring. Water hammer is the main culprit that pops many a sprinkler head during the initial startup. Your plumbing contractor can charge the system slowly, check for signs of leakage and adjust controllers, timers, and sprinkler heads for maximum efficiency and performance.

Household Tune Up

While the services offered between plumbing contractors may vary, the following practices are some common procedures performed in typical spring plumbing tune ups.

  • Check that all faucets are working properly, efficiently, and do not exhibit any signs of a leak.
  • Verify all household toilets are in good working condition, flush properly, do not run continuously, and do not exhibit any signs of seepage.
  • Verify that all sink, tub, and toilet drains are flowing freely.
  • Clean pop-up assemblies and P-traps when necessary to improve drain efficiency.
  • Test water pressure to help identify any signs of a leak.
  • Inspect all visible water line connections including washing machine, dishwasher, and faucet supply lines as well as any other exposed water lines.

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