Winter Water Conservation Tips

Dec 05 2016

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Water conservation is commonly pushed during the summer months but is it important to conserve water during the winter? It sure is! Although we aren’t watering our lawns or working out in the garden, there are still ways to cut back on water usage during the chilly months. We have compiled a list of a few ways people are wasting water this winter to help your water conservation efforts.

Tip 1: Drip your faucets

This can be an efficient way to save water by preventing a pipe from leaking or bursting which will waste a lot of water. Allow your faucets to drip during the coldest temperatures of the day, when you’re asleep, or when you’re not home. Stick a bucket or pot under the dripping faucets. This water can be used to flush the toilet or watering your indoor plants!

Tip 2: Winterize the pipes

Prevention is the best water conservation method during the winter time. Along with letting your faucets drip, wrap any pipes that are exposed outdoors and running to your spigots. This protects your pipes from freezing temperatures by keeping the cold air out preventing leaks or bursts.

Tip 3: Insulate hot water pipes

Have you noticed how much longer it takes for your shower to get hot when it’s freezing out? This is a result of your cold pipes. Hire a professional to insulate your pipes or do it yourself. This will help keep your water hot and prevent leaks from happening.

Tip 4: Use a bucket in the shower

Catch the cold water in a bucket while you wait for your shower to heat up! This water can be used to flush toilets or water plants. This is a year-round conservation tip but especially beneficial during the winter when it takes longer for your shower to heat up.

Tip 5: Check for leaks after first thaw

Your pipes expand and contract with the temperature changes throughout the day. This means added stress to pipes which could result in a leak after winter. Along with insulating your pipes, have a professional check your lines for leaks after the chilly months!

Tip 6: Locate your homes shut-off valve

Even with prevention, a pipe can still burst during the winter. If a pipe does burst or leak it’s important that you can turn off the water right away. Locate where the shut-off valve is for your house! Some cities have them located at the street, if yours is not there it’s most likely in the attic, basement, or crawl space. Make sure you and everyone in your household knows where this valve is located in case of emergency! You could save hundred of gallons of water by shutting this off while waiting for a plumber to arrive.

With these 6 simple tips you can conserve water this winter and prevent common winter plumbing problems. If you do find yourself in a bind or need additional help preparing your home this winter contact Superior Water & Air at 208-343-7683.