The drought striking western states is a reminder that we need to conserve water now more than ever. With all the outdoor maintenance we do to try to keep our yards healthy and efficient, it’s important to keep your eye on any extra water you’re using up.
Even a slow drip from an outdoor spigot can add up to 20 gallons of water a day! Here’s a few outdoor plumbing tips that can help you get through the dry season:
Shut off the faucet – Wait for it to stop dripping entirely. Then try this tip! Place some newspaper under the spigot and weigh it down with a rock. Check back later to make sure the paper is still dry.
Choose the right outdoor sink – A great idea for those BBQ nights, but it’s important to choose the best type of sink to ensure maximum use. Standalone barbecue kitchen sinks are available but usually require a power source, which means water supply.
Install a drain for outdoor showers – Be wary of puddles! Building a drain system will keep water away from the house and prevent it from collecting. Although resourceful, it’s not as simple as it may seem. Contact your local plumber to install hot and cold water lines out to your shower with shutoff valves inside the home.
Sprinkler systems – Do you water excessively during dry spells? If so, this can easily double your water bill. Installing a sprinkler system with a timer can save you money in the long run.
Need help troubleshooting your outdoor plumbing this season? Barker and Sons is dedicated to helping you conserve water while keeping your yard healthy throughout the season! Give us a call at 714.630.8766 or visit our website for more information.