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5 Water Saving Tips for the Average Household

Monday, February 19th, 2018

It is always frustrating to open an unexpectedly large water bill. But you can lower your water costs by taking some simple steps. Plus, saving water has become increasingly important as the need to conserve water becomes ever more apparent.

Here’s a list of five helpful water saving tips anyone can do. Whether you embrace one or more, you can save hundreds of gallons of water. Not only will you lower your utility bill, but you’ll also help conserve one of our planet’s most precious resources.

1. Turn Off the Tap

This is an easy one! Think of the times you’ve left the water run while brushing your teeth, lathering your hands or washing dishes by hand. Just turn off that tap, and restart it only when it’s necessary. Simply shutting off the water while brushing your teeth can save 3,000 gallons of water per year. Obviously, this is a learning process, but you’ll get used to it if you’re consistent each time you use the faucet.

2. Take Shorter Showers

Everyone loves a warm shower in the morning, and no one is suggesting you give that up. However, a couple of water saving tips can make a world of difference. First, consider installing a water-saving showerhead, which can save the average family 2,900 gallons of water per year. Think of how much better your water bill will look after that! Also, consider using a shower bucket. That way, you can catch water while warming up your shower and use it to water plants afterward.

3. Conserve Toilet Water

You probably flush your toilet several times a day. Consider the old saying: “If it’s yellow, leave it mellow.” This obviously shouldn’t be the case after every bathroom visit, but don’t underestimate how much water can be saved. Use your best discretion with this rule. Also, speak with your plumber about installing a low-flow toilet. The average household could save up to $100 a year simply by upgrading to a low-flow model.

4. Reuse Water

Most people believe that water is spent after its initial use. But a few water saving tips can help you correct that assumption. For example, consider saving the water you’d normally discard after boiling pasta. You can use it in your sauce, or let it cool and use it to water your garden or houseplants. Additionally, consider installing a rain barrel. Collecting rainwater is a great way to conserve water in your home and save a few extra bucks. Finally, see if your locality allows the use of “greywater.” This involves salvaging relatively clean water from spots like washing machines, tubs and showers to use for irrigation. Only do this with the help of a plumber.

5. Be Smart About Planting

Who doesn’t love a beautiful garden? Thankfully, there are ways to make your plants just as beautiful while saving a bit of H2O. Tend to your plants in the morning, when the weather is cooler and less likely to evaporate the water. Also, consider washing the dog outdoors so your lawn gets some of that precious water.

Even one of these water saving tips can help you cut your water usage. For help saving even more water and keeping your utility bill low, contact The Pink Plumber today.

5 Reasons Your Water Bill May Be Too High

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Are you suffering from water bill sticker shock? If your monthly water usage fee seems higher than it should be, there could be a problem with the plumbing in your home or on your property. Even small leaks can add up to a lot of wasted water over time (not to mention the damage they can cause to your home). Your water bill woes are most likely caused by one of these common culprits.

1. A Leaking Toilet

An improperly working toilet can cause an unduly high water bill. A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water every day it goes unrepaired. If you hear a hissing noise or another odd sound coming from your toilet, you could be dealing with a leak.

2. A Leaky Hose

Every time you water your lawn or garden, you might be wasting water (and money). Inspect the hoses and faucets around your property, along with any other related connections or components. If your faucet or hose is old, it might be time for a replacement.

3. Dripping Faucets

Leaky faucets inside the home are more than just the source of that annoying drip-drip-drip sound you may hear late at night. They can also be the reason for your scary water bill. Even a relatively small leak can cause serious water loss. According to EPA data, a one-drip-per-second faucet leak can waste over 3,000 gallons of water per year. For perspective, this is the equivalent of nearly 200 showers.

4. Broken or Damaged Pipes

Household leaks account for 900 billion gallons of wasted water each year. Keeping your plumbing in good repair helps preserve the planet’s most precious resource and keeps your water bill low. Unlike faucet leaks, damaged pipes may not be as easy to detect. Regular plumbing inspections can help root out any errant plumbing components, stop water loss and prevent future issues.

5. Water-Wasting Habits

While leaky plumbing accounts for the majority of water loss issues, many of us could save money by improving our water use habits. Use water-wise tactics when planning and watering your landscape, and monitor the way your family uses water inside your home. For instance, don’t leave the water running while you brush your teeth, and wait for a full load before doing dishes or laundry. Talk to your plumber about ways you can minimize water use, such as installing low-flow toilets.

For answers to your questions about leaks, home water conservation and other plumbing issues, contact The Pink Plumber today. Our experts are knowledgeable and friendly, and a portion of our profits go to breast cancer research.

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.