Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.
If you like to have attractive landscaping with a green lawn, flowers and health plants, you need to have good irrigation. These systems are usually connected to your water service, and have things like backflow controls, timers and automation. These things can be costly and increase your utility bills when you use your irrigation system. If you want to reduce the cost of your landscaping care, you can use alternative water sources and recycling for your watering needs. Here are four ways to recycle water and reduce the costs of your irrigation system:
1. Recycling Grey Water For Irrigation Purposes
Grey water from your home is any wastewater that comes from sinks, appliances, and showers in your home. This water is perfectly fine to use as irrigation for your landscaping or vegetable garden. It can be separated in a separate tank on your septic system, or you can have a collection tank installed. Either option will require that all the grey water plumbing in your home be changed to go to the collection deposits that you have installed.
2. Rain Collection Systems For Extra Water Supply
Rain collection is another option to reduce your irrigation costs. You can collect water from runoff on your roof and in your landscaping. This water can be filtered through a sand filter system to make it cleaner for irrigation in your lawn. This water source may be what you want to use for areas that get a lot of foot traffic and the front of your home. Since it is cleaner, it will not have bad smells, odors or any contaminates.
3. Using Drip Irrigation Wherever Possible
Drip irrigation is a simple irrigation solution where pipes with small holes are installed to provide plants with a steady drip of water. This type of system has several advantages such as less water consumption and keeping the soil moisture levels consistent. You can use drip irrigation for plants, flowers and your vegetable garden. If you use a gravity system, you will also not have to have a pump to power sprinklers.
4. Reducing Costs By Keeping Irrigation And Water Services Separated
You can also reduce costs by using only rain collection and recycled grey water. These systems will not require you to have expensive backflow devices installed and will reduce the cost of using public water services. You may want to still have a pump and sprinkler system installed for areas like your lawn and places where a gravity-fed drip system cannot be used. You can even use low-pressure sprinklers and a solar powered pump to make your irrigation system completely independent.
These are some of the ways that you can reduce the cost of the irrigation system for your home. If you need help implementing some of these ideas to your sprinkler and water collection systems, contact a professional sprinkler installation contractor (such as one from Turfbuilders Irrigation Inc) to get the help you need with these improvements.Share
14 April 2015