Easy Ways to Save Water this Winter
Did you know that if every household in America had a faucet that dripped
once every second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away?
It's true. According to the
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household's leaks account for more than 10,000
gallons of water wasted every year - the amount of water needed to wash
270 loads of laundry.
6 Easy Ways to Save Water and Prevent Frozen Pipes:
- Easy Ways to Save Water: Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools, lawns and plants don't need as much water; and when it's raining, they don't need to be watered at all.
- Easy Ways to Save Water: Insulate pipes. Insulate hot and cold water pipes in the crawlspace under your house as well as in the basement, attic, and exterior walls with snap-on foam insulation. Make sure the foam insulation fits tightly without gaps. Apply duct tape to joints in insulation, and miter foam around elbows, so the joints in pipes are completely covered.
- Easy Ways to Save Water: Install low-flow showerheads. Reduce your water use by as much as one-third by simply switching your old showerheads for a low-flow option.
- Waterproof basements and crawl spaces. Close exterior basement and crawlspace windows, doors, and other entryways.
- Easy Ways to Save Water: Check for leaks. Once the weather has warmed up, turn off any dripping faucets and monitor the water meter for any unseen leaks.
- Easy Ways to Save Water: Invest in a rain barrel. Water collected can be used to water outdoor plants when needed instead of turning on your sprinklers.
In the event of water damage, call a water damage mitigation specialist!
If you have experienced any water damage due to frozen pipes, call AdvantaClean at 877.800.2382 immediately to set up a mitigation consultation. AdvantaClean offers emergency water flood damage services 24/7/365.
More info? For information on easy ways to save water and how to avoid freezing pipes, check out our other post: Frozen Pipe Prevention.