Saving Water in the Summer

plumbing in glenside paIt’s getting hot out there; what are your summer plans? While you may be thinking about relaxing by the pool, at Drainworks Plumbing and Heating, we’re thinking about all the ways you can save water during these scorching summer months. Here are a few tips from our staff on how to cut your water usage over the summer; not only is it good for the environment, it can also save you money!

Plant a Garden

With the blazing summer sun baking your lawn all day, the grass is bound to turn brown if you don’t water it. Instead of worrying about your grass, why not plant a garden of drought-resistant plants instead? This has two major benefits. First, you won’t have to worry about watering it when the rain refuses to fall; and second, you’ll also save time and energy not having to mow all that grass!

Cover Your Pool

It’s nice to have a pool when temperatures rise but have you ever thought about how much water is evaporating from it? Some estimates claim that an average pool loses between 25,000 and 50,000 gallons of water each year to evaporation, and if you want to go for a swim, you’ll have to replenish that water frequently. If you want to slow the evaporation rate of your pool water, try putting the cover on when you’re not using it. Your water bills will thank you!

Take Shorter Showers

Now that it’s warmer outside, there’s no need to take those long, hot showers like you did in the winter. If you’re interested in saving some water this summer, try taking a shorter shower; you could even consider bumping the temperature down a bit to save some money on the gas or electric that powers your water heater.

Do the Toilet Test

This is something you should do regularly, and summer is the perfect time for your annual toilet test! Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if it runs down into the bowl without being flushed. If you see that color in your toilet bowl, it means your toilet is leaking and needs to be repaired or replaced.

These are just a few ways you can save water this summer. If you’re really serious about reducing your water consumption, you could even call Drainworks Plumbing and Heating at (215) 333-8780 and ask about water saving appliances like tankless water heaters and water saving toilets. You could even install or adjust your home’s pressure reducing valve to cut down on the amount of water you use performing everyday activities. No matter how you want to save water, Drainworks wants to help!

And as always, don’t forget to call us any time you have plumbing issues. We’re Philadelphia’s trusted drain cleaning service, so schedule an appointment to fix that slow drain, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. We’re also here to help with repair and maintenance of your air conditioning system, heating system, water heater, plumbing and more! We even offer 24 hour emergency service, so call us any time, even if it’s an evening, weekend, or holiday.