10 Jul Practical Denver Plumbing Tips to Conserve Water All Around Your Home
Extreme weather conditions like thunderstorms or flash floods may not be the norm in Colorado during summer. However, the lack of water and the possibility of drought are still prevalent in the region. Consequently, state authorities and environmental groups push for cutting back on water consumption and reducing wastage.
Your own efforts and Denver plumbing services can also contribute to the state’s goals of saving water resources. Here are some ways you can conserve this precious commodity at home:
When watering lawns and gardens
Susan Clotfelter, home and garden section writer for The Denver Post, offers these practical tips on saving water outside your home:
Sprinkler system? Get it checked, or check it yourself, to fix or adjust any broken or wasteful heads. And check Denver Water’s website (denverwater.org) for water-saving tips that still allow you to have a beautiful summer landscape. You can also use what I call the Thrifty Girl’s Drip Irrigation system: Put a plastic tub in the kitchen sink and a 3- to 5-gallon bucket in the shower to collect the water that runs while you’re waiting for the flow to heat up. Use that water in the garden on shrubs, perennials or larger vegetables by pouring it into a second bucket with three or four quarter-inch holes in the bottom. Put the pierced bucket in the garden to drip-water plants. If you’re fussy about how that looks, paint the bucket.
Flushing, washing, and showering
Denver Water recommends installing water-efficient plumbing fixtures to significantly reduce water consumption indoors. If your home was built before the 90s, your toilets, faucets, and showerheads are likely to waste gallons of water every time you use them, which also increases your utility bill. You may, therefore, want to replace outdated fixtures with low-flow models certified by WaterSense that can save 20-30% of your total water use.
Maintaining your pipelines
Reputable Denver plumbers like Total Plumbing, Inc. encourage regular maintenance and prompt repairs on faulty plumbing systems. After all, Leaky pipes and other plumbing components can squander anything between 20 to 200 gallons of water every day.
Professionals can thoroughly inspect your home for inefficiencies or broken hardware to pinpoint areas where water conservation efforts need to be intensified. If any of your plumbing fittings, pipes, valves, and other devices suddenly malfunction and adversely affect your water consumption, you can also opt for emergency plumbing services.
(Source: Save water, energy (and money) in a Colorado summer: 5 easy ways, The Denver Post, May 10, 2014)