Winter Season Water-Saving Tips

5214176_sIt might seem a little strange to think about but, saving water during the winter months is just as important as saving water during all of the other months of the year.

The process is a little different during this time of the year though, because the way that we use water is different.

During the spring and summer months we are doing things like washing cars and watering lawns but, in the winter months there is none of that activity.

But, during the winter months these activities taper off because of the weather so, we have to think of other ways to save water.

A lot of winter water-saving activities are preventative in nature. This means, water-saving during the winter months means preventing water leaks and flooding.

Here are some ways that you can protect your plumbing from winter weather, and thus save water:

  • Insulating your water heater with a winter blanket is a great way to make sure it doesn’t incur unnecessary wear and tear. Your water heater works harder during the winter months than any other time of the year, and an insulated blanket helps to protect the tank and the heating element from succumbing to the extra work.
  • Wrap your outside spigots and hose bibs with insulated material to protect them against the freezing temperatures. Even these outdoor spigots are connected to the indoor plumbing of your home and, if they freeze, they will flood and cause water damage and water loss to your home.
  • If the temperatures get really cold, leave your faucets to drip a little bit at night to make sure that the water in the system is continuously moving. This helps to combat against freezing pipes and thus prevents flooding and loss of water.
  • Make sure that you and everyone in your household knows where the main water shut off valve is for your home. This is the valve that is located outside, typically close to the sidewalk or street and turns off all of the water to your home from the main supply. Turning this valve off in the case of a winter time plumbing malfunction will mitigate damage and prevent loss of water.

The year is coming to an end and the winter weather is in full swing. Make sure to follow these tips for protecting your plumbing from a winter weather disaster, which will not only cause serious water damage to your home but, also waste a lot of water.

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