Beat The Heat With Water Conservation And Home Safety Tips
The top water usage time, that usually begins in late July or early August, arrived early this year with record temperatures along with widespread drought. Throughout the hotter months, the typical American uses approximately 4 times as much water as they do the remainder of the year. Extra time outdoors translates into increased sweat and dirt, which leads to taking more frequent showers and cleaning additional loads of laundry. At the same time, outdoors, battling warmth and shortage of rain calls for heavy yard and garden watering.
All of the increased activity adds up. Luckily, the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend a list of water safety and conservation tips to beat the heat. home inspector training atlanta
1. Check out the temperature gauge/setting on your water heating unit. It ought to be set no more than 125 degrees to avoid burning/scalding and lower electricity use. Summer time is a good time to turn the temperature down, especially when away on vacation in order to save on energy expenses.
2. Changing out an old shower head can easily save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without losing water pressure. Additionally, try cleaning mineral deposits from the shower head by unscrewing it, soaking it in vinegar overnight and then carefully scrubbing with a toothbrush to remove deposits.
3. In order to maximize efficiency with each load of laundry, check washing machine hoses for rupture. Turn valves on and off to check for leaks.
4. Water should move easily from outdoor faucets when watering the yard, washing the car or truck or filling the pool.
5. If everything is working as it should, be conscious regarding conserving water. Water your grass before sun up or after sun down to reduce wasted evaporation.
6. If you will be out of town on vacation and have no house-sitters needing the washing machine, you can turn off the machine's water supply.
7. When traveling, put in a rain shut-off device on your sprinkler systems to eliminate unnecessary watering. Another beneficial device is a flood detector that functions like a smoke detector, triggering an alarm to alert your house-sitter of a possible flood or leak.
8. Make sure that yard drains, rain gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open and free of debris.
9. Beware of standing water. Excess water can result from leaking or damaged pipes or a broken sewer line. Standing water is not healthy for children or animals, and is a breeding ground for insects and germs. Inspect the yard for areas which are too wet and with unusual plant or grass growth.
10. When your location is experiencing or expecting drought, schedule a pipe and drain examination. Extended periods of very dry ground can cause stress on pipes resulting in cracks. This can create a very serious and costly problem for homeowners, so it is best to get in front of it with an examination. atlanta home inspectors
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