How Can I Save Water This Summer?

santa cruz plumbingWhen you think of your plumbing system you probably think about your toilet, sinks, and showers but not so much your sprinkler system. However, if you think of it from a water conservation perspective it is easy to see how your sprinkler system could be part of your plumbing system.

Here are some steps that you can take to make sure that your sprinkler system is not wasting water this summer:

  • Check the permeability of your soil by digging at least 12 inches deep in various spots of your yard. Check to make sure that the soil is soft and moist from the most recent watering.
  • To make sure that you are not forgetting to turn your sprinkler system off, set a watering schedule for your sprinkler system using the timer. But, make sure to adjust the schedule depending on the weather and season.
  • On a regular basis you must check to make sure that your sprinkler heads have not been damaged. A damaged sprinkler head could be flooding water out of it, or spraying your patio rather than your lawn.
  • The valves in your irrigation system are designed to regulate the amount of water that the system uses. Make sure that your valves are in top working order and doing the job they are supposed to.
  • Check your entire sprinkler system by breaking it down into zones. As each zone of the system is spraying water check the sprinkler heads, pipes, and lines to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks.

The number one way to prevent a huge water bill is to keep your sprinkler system maintained. Unfortunately, a leak in your sprinkler system could go on for days before you notice anything if you are not paying attention to the system. A leak that is left for days will cause significant property damage. Follow these simples steps to keep your sprinkler system maintained and in proper working order this summer.

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