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How to Conserve Water in Warm Weather | Houston Plumbing

The typical American household uses about 260 gallons of water every single day! This number is even higher during the summer months. With the heat staying around, we’re sharing ways you can conserve water in warm weather, specifically your lawn.

In addition to being smart with the way you use water for your lawn and landscaping, there are many other ways to reduce the amount of water you use every day: detecting and fixing plumbing leaks (especially toilets and faucets), installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, and cutting back on the amount of water you use for showers, dish washing, laundry, and more.

Call your friendly, professional plumber in Houston to detect and fix plumbing leaks.

HOW TO SAVE WATER AND KEEP YOUR LAWN HEALTHY

Here are a few helpful tips to help save water and keep your lawn and garden in great shape:

  1. Water your lawn and garden in the early hours of the day or late at night to reduce the rate of evaporation. Early morning is recommended as it will reduce the risk of fungus growth and help defend against garden slugs and pests.
  2. Water when the air is calm, when there’s not much wind. The wind can blow your sprinkler water off course and increase the rate of evaporation.
  3. Check the position of your sprinklers to make sure you are not watering paved areas, like your driveway and the sidewalk.
  4. Only water your lawn when it needs water. You can check the status of your lawn by walking on the grass. If the grass remains flat and doesn’t spring back up, then it probably needs watering. Adjusting the lawnmower’s blade height for higher blades of grass (about 3 inches). Your lawn probably only needs about 1 inch of water per week during temperate months. If you let your lawn go brown during the summer, that’s good. When the weather cools, your lawn will come back to life.]
  5. When purchasing plants for your lawn and garden, always go for the drought-resistant ones. You can check out a list of the Top 10 Native Plants of Houston, which are heat and drought-resistant.
  6. Plant mulch around your trees.

Planting trees, climbing ivy, and other plants around your home is not just a great idea to improve the look and feel of your home, but strategic shade planning will also reduce your need for heating a cooling. Deciduous trees will allow sunlight to hit your home during the winter, while providing cool shade in the summer.

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Here are some more water conservation tips from wateruseitwisely.com:

  • Hire a qualified pro to install your irrigation system and keep it working properly and efficiently.
  • Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
  • Leave lawn clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
  • If installing a lawn, select a lawn mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
  • Aerate your lawn periodically. Holes every six inches will allow water to reach the roots, rather than run off the surface.
  • If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.
  • Let your lawn go dormant (brown) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three to four weeks, less if it rains.
  • Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Ryegrass needs water every few days, whereas Dormant Bermuda grass needs water monthly.
  • Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light and water.
  • While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

More Houston water-saving can be found here.

For a full guide on saving water in and around your home, consult the “Conserving Water” page on epa.gov.

If you need professional plumbing solutions to save water, such as low-flow plumbing fixtures, give Universal Home Experts a call! We are your trusted source for local plumbing, electric, and HVAC installation and repair in Houston and the surrounding areas.

You can always reach a live customer care representative at (713) 364-0226 (24/7).