With a summer heat wave taking hold of the lower mainland this month, it’s important to keep track of your water usage. During the summer months, the water usage of your household can increase by up to 50%. These quick tips will help save you some money, and hassle, this summer.
Outdoor Water Tips
- The best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or late evening, after the heat of the day has passed. Watering during the daytime means a lot of it will be evaporated, resulting in a larger water bill, and a brown lawn.
- Make sure your sprinkler and garden hose is in good repair. Keep an eye out for bulges, cracks, and holes. Replace or repair any defects as soon as you discover them.
- If your yard has poor drainage, you may end up with standing water on your property. This is not only a hazard, it can turn into a mosquito breeding ground.
Indoor Water Tips
- Thanks to the hot weather, you can afford to change the temperature on your water heater. Try reducing it to 120°F (49°C) to take a little bit off of your utility bill this month.
- If you’re going on vacation, you can turn down your water heater to save some energy.
- Check the connections of your water pipes. The hot weather can cause them to expand and loosen, resulting in more water use.
- If you notice low water pressure from your faucet, your pipes may be expanding. This can result in leaks, or even a burst pipe.
It’s important to do a thorough check around your house regularly for any malfunctioning plumbing. Even the smallest leak can eventually turn into a big headache for your family. If you need some help this summer making sure your plumbing is in top shape, contact Universal Plumbing & Heating today!