Home Improvement Tips & Advice Provided by the Home Service Doctors

Ask Your Plumber: How to Save Water This Winter?

Your local plumber understands that it is essential to save water in the winter months. While we may not always be 6 feet deep in snow (although we have before) the temperatures still dip below, and stay below, freezing during the coldest months. Wasted water is a major concern in the winter months, mostly due to the freezing and subsequent bursting of water pipes. Conserving water is important year round, but especially so in the winter. It’s also especially easy in the winter, if you follow these easy tips and tricks.

Winterize Your Pipes

Before winter hits, always take the necessary precaution of having your pipes professionally winterized. Call your local plumberologist and have your water pipes inspected and winterized properly. This will help to prevent major water loss in the event that one of your pipes bursts or leaks when the weather warms up.

Drip Your Faucets

This may seem counterintuitive at first, but trust us on this one. When the weather is well below freezing, allow your faucets to drip slowly. The movement of water will help prevent freezing, and provide added protection from bursting or leaking pipes later on. Having a water pipe burst can be inconvenient and costly, especially if the leak goes unnoticed.

Catch and Reuse Water

You can take your dripping faucet water conservation efforts one step farther by catching and reusing the dripping water in a bowl or bucket. Also, when the shower water takes a little longer to heat up before a shower, instead of letting that cold water go down the drain you can catch it with a bucket as well. You can use these water buckets to flush the toilet or water plants. You can also have your hot water pipes insulated so the shower doesn’t take quite as long to heat up.

Know Where the Main Water Shut Off Valve Is

Even if you take all the necessary precautions to prevent freezing pipes, there’s always the possibility they could freeze anyway. When frozen pipes thaw in the warmer weather, the pipes are likely to burst and break causing flooding and leaks. Sometimes these leaks go undetected, but other times they are obvious. Know where your main water shut off valve is, and how to use it, so that if there is a burst you can stop the flow of water promptly, while you wait for your trusted Home Service Doctors plumber to arrive.

Your Local Plumber Won’t Leave You Out in the Cold This Winter! Call Home Service Doctors for All Your Plumbing Needs!

If you have an emergency pipe bursting, or need to have your pipes winterized before the freezing weather hits, call Home Service Doctors immediately and have a trusted plumber at your door the same day!