Water is one of the best ways to stay cool and hydrated with temperatures reaching record-highs. We’re not here to “police” how much water anyone uses, but rather help you avoid paying too much for water that you end up wasting. After all, any water that leaks or sprays from an appliance that you’re not aware of is still going to come out of your pocket, so the more waste you limit, the better off you’ll be!
We use water in a lot of ways during the summer, from sprinkler systems to water our grass and plans, to hoses that specifically water our gardens and help us have fun on hot days. All of these systems require a plumber in Pine Brook, NJ if there are problems with them. Leaking hoses, sprinklers, and faucets should all be checked up on by a pro if needed.
1. Shut Things Off When Not in Use
This might seem simple, but homeowners forget to do this all the time. Keep a list of the appliances that you’re using, like your hose and your sprinkler, and just remember to shut them off at the end of the day. Keeping them on will allow for leaks to form more easily. If something goes wrong, like the hose gets disconnected by a critter, then you’re less likely to leak a lot of water and pay largely for it down the line.
2. Get Leaks Fixed ASAP
Leaks are insidious because they waste a lot more water than you might think. Sure, that hose is just dripping which can’t mean you’re paying for that much wasted water. However, if that hose drips all summer, you’re going to face a big shock when you see how much you end up paying for it. Mix that with multiple appliance leaks and you’re in for a nasty surprise.
We urge homeowners to get leaks checked out the moment they detect them. If your hose is leaking, you can buy a new hose and install it yourself, but if your pipes or outdoor water faucet is leaking, then we urge you to call for a professional plumber.
3. Take Gardening or Lawn Classes
Are you afraid of over or under-watering your lawn or garden? Many municipalities offer free or cheap gardening/lawn classes that can show you the precise amount of water you’d need per plant in your garden or flowerbed. This can help you save on showering them with too much water.
4. Use Water at the Pool or Beach
Want to save money on water usage? How about not paying for it at all! Head on over to the public pool or the beach to use water that’s free! (Unless you need to pay for a parking permit, but there are some great ways around that like carpooling with friends and neighbors.)
5. Use High-Efficiency Appliances
Did you know that your toilet or showerhead could use much less water and do the same exact job? These are what we call “high-efficiency appliances” in the plumbing industry, and they’re great for homeowners who want to make the most out of just a small amount of water. Showerheads aerate the water so it can cover more surface area with less actual water used, while toilets can flush with fewer gallons of water depending on what’s needed.