Getting the Most Out of Your Plumbing In Extreme Weather
Are you getting the most out of your plumbing? Even if you aren’t experiencing any noticeable problems, there may be things you can do to save you money, make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible, and avoid having to make major repairs down the road. While there are a number of simple things you can do on a daily basis to ensure your system is up to the task, a visit from a licensed plumber will pay major dividends down the road. Here are some of the unique considerations for your plumbing in Phoenix:
Efficient Water Usage Outdoors
Using water efficiently isn’t just good for the environment—it’s good for your pocketbook too! Phoenix faces a continued water shortage that is unlikely to get better anytime soon. Water and sewer charges have increased steadily over the last twenty years. Water use peaks in the notoriously dry and hot Arizona summers as residents struggle to maintain grass lawns and plantings. Some residents choose to run their sprinklers all day—this is a highly inefficient use of water. It is better to run your sprinkler in the morning when temperatures are the coolest, as more water is absorbed during this time. If you are building or purchasing a new home consider the use of natural vegetation or rock in lieu of a grass lawn. Grass lawns take a tremendous amount of effort and water to maintain in such an arid climate. Non-native plant and flowers tend to require much more water than native selections; this is another great area to save money and water.
Efficient Water Usage Indoors
Arizona relies on the Colorado River for most of its water. Unfortunately the Colorado River is a finite source of water. Arizona will eventually have to address the limited availability of water to the state. Water prices may rise significantly as a result; setting your home plumbing up from maximum efficiency could prove to be a valuable investment. The first consideration to maximize your plumbing in Phoenix is to make sure any plumbing leaks are fixed; leaks are a waste of water and if left unchecked can cause major damage. A local licensed plumber can examine your system and fix leaks of any size. You might also want to consider installing lower flow water fixtures and aerators. High flow fixtures and aerators are often unnecessary and wasteful; most who make the switch from high flow to low flow notice little to no difference. A local plumber can easily replace your fixtures and make other suggestions as to how you can make your system as efficient as possible. Both Mother Nature and your pocketbook will thank you!
When you live in an extreme weather climate like Arizona you will have to change the way you think about resources such as water and sewage. Simple tricks like watering your lawn at night as opposed to the middle of the day will help the grass take in the moisture and will also protect your lawn from the becoming burned by the sun/water effects. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth can also help reduce water waste. Thanks for reading!
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Mike Johnson and Boydco Plumbing, a local Plumbing company in Phoenix, have begun a collaboration on the unique challenges that face the residents of Phoenix Arizona when it comes to water usage and plumbing issues.