5 Ways to Avoid Wasting Water This Summer
Did you know that over 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted every year from leaks and other water wasting activities? Conservation is not only good for our communities, but it also helps out with your water bill. Summertime is a great time to think about ways to save on water and we are sharing our top 5 tips to help you get started.
Check for Leaks
Even small leaks can turn into big problems. Leaky pipes, broken supply hoses, broken pipes, toilets, or a leaking water tank or heater are often the culprits. Pipes and appliances should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis to avoid water damage, especially in the basement. If leaks are found they should be fixed immediately to prevent water damage.
Regularly check the toilet for any signs of cracks. Also check caulking to ensure seals are in good condition. Be watchful for low water levels. This could be a sign of a crack in the bowl or a clog. Always be on the lookout around the outer edge of the toilet for excess water, a moist, spongy floor, or if stains appear around the base.
Maintain Your Washer & Use Full Loads
It may be tempting to load up your washer to full capacity, but it may not be equipped to handle that kind of strain. Know the load limits for your machine and be sure to use only appropriate amounts of water for the size of your load. If you are washing heavy, bulky items, wash separately in smaller loads.
Washing machines are also one of the biggest culprits for flooding, so be sure to check hoses regularly for any signs of damage or strain including cracks, bulges, or leaks. Replace rubber hoses with steel braided lines that are much sturdier, last longer, and have less risk of breakage.
Check Your Sprinklers
Water evaporates quickly in the heat of summer, so morning and evening waterings are best. These times will allow for more moisture to stay in the soil, thus saving water and giving your plants the best chance at thriving.
It is also wise to be mindful of where your sprinklers are spraying and make needed adjustments. Watch for areas where water might be wasted from spray onto driveways, your home, or sidewalks.
Sprinklers are a common culprit of flooding. To avoid water waste and possible damage to your home and property, it is wise to maintain and check on your sprinklers often to be sure they are functioning properly. Sprinkler heads are made of plastic and easily breakable. If you see one that is not spraying correctly then chances are, there is a clog or a break.
Adjust Bathroom Habits
Summer is an easy time to shorten shower times. Also consider upgrading your shower head. Newer heads save on water and may help prevent potential water damage.
Summer house guests means more stress on your plumbing system. More people taking showers and using the restroom can mean greater chances of clogged toilets and drains. Be sure to take care of any blockages immediately to avoid possible overflow, and clean up any messes immediately to prevent possible unsanitary conditions and flooding.
Mulch is a great option for helping plants maintain moisture and may also help you cut down on necessary watering.
Do a perimeter walk and take notice of any areas where you notice water pooling. Most drainage issues can be solved with clever landscaping solutions like the use of downspouts, heavier mulch, creating a rain garden, or digging out a small indention, or swale, to divert water. More serious landscape issues may require you to regrade your lawn.
Efforts to conserve water are a great way to help our community, especially in times of drought. Working to make little changes or taking care of needed maintenance to avoid waste are fairly easy to do and even little efforts can go a long way when we all do our part.
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