Water use is at it’s highest in the summer months. Our yards naturally need more care with lawns and gardens to tend to. Celebrations, parties, and guests mean more water consumption indoors with frequent dishwasher, shower, bathroom, and washing machine use. Doing your part to save water during these peak months is easier than you think. Here we offer some simple steps you can take to conserve water while also avoiding possible water damage.
- 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.
- Clean and replace sprinkler heads as needed throughout the season. If you’ve inspected your lines and everything seems to be in good shape but your sprinkler is still having issues, you may have to look underground at the pipes.
Check Your Pipes
- Pipes run underneath your home and connect to your sprinkler system. Growth from tree and bush roots can sometimes cause cracking or breaking. If a pipe is broken it will need to be removed, then re-sealed with a new portion of pipeline. You may have to call a professional plumber to help.
- Water loss often occurs through fixtures in the home. This can be due to simple neglect like forgetting to turn off a faucet all the way, leaving the water running longer than was needed, or a toilet that is continuously running. It can also be caused by wear and tear that causes leaks. Even minor leaks can turn into big problems including possible water damage. Be sure to turn off all water when not in use, and if you notice leaks it may be time to replace old fixtures.
- If you are looking to conserve water even further there are fixtures you can install like low-flow showerheads or dual-flush toilets that are designed to save on overall water use.
- Overwatering your lawn can lead to flooding and disease. Watering your lawn regularly is better than a light sprinkling. In order to encourage strong healthy roots, it is recommended that you water a minimum of 1 ½ inches of water a week. Different soils, wind, or rainfall can affect the amount of water needed to keep your lawn healthy. Consider doing a soil moisture test to determine if your lawn is getting the right amount of water it needs.
- Water your lawn in the morning when it is cooler. When it is hot and humid mid-day watering will cause water loss due to evaporation.
- There are some simple changes we can make to better conserve water inside and outside the home. Our shower time is just one thing that can be adjusted. Up to 150 gallons of water can be saved per month just by shaving off two minutes of shower time. Not letting the water run during shaving or teeth brushing is another tip.
- Outside it is best to water our lawns properly. It’s common for lawns to be overwatered. Follow watering recommendations for your area. Consider switching to a Smart sprinkler and irrigation system or utilize the timing function on your current system.
These are just a few of the basic guidelines and maintenance tips to get you prepped and ready for that summer heat. It may be the peak watering season, but you’ll rest easy knowing you’re doing your part to conserve water and prevent possible water damage issues.
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