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Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Easy Ways to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Growing concerns over water conservation have led to restrictions on water use in many neighborhoods across the U.S. That means learning effective ways to water your lawn without wasting water benefits everyone. You can rely on natural rainfall during some parts of the year, but when drought sets in, you may have no choice but to water your lawn or risk it dying. Follow these tips to conserve water while keeping your lawn healthy and green. Use Rainwater While you may not be able to rely on rainfall to keep your lawn watered at all times, you can collect rainwater and use it to water the garden when the weather is dry. While some people use a large water-collection system, you can probably get by with a rain barrel set under the eaves to catch the run off from regular rains. Check with your homeowner’s organization to make sure rain barrels are permitted in your neighborhood. Use Greywater Collecting greywater and using it on the lawn is also an option. Greywater is the water from your sinks, laundry and showers and is safe for watering lawns and gardens. Your plumber can set up your plumbing system to divert greywater into a collection system for watering the lawn. Talk to your plumber about any restrictions on the use of greywater for watering lawns in your area. He can advise you of the best system for your needs. Plant Drought-Resistant Grass Seeding your lawn with drought-resistant grass is an effective way to reduce your lawn’s need for water. Because these tough grasses can survive under drought conditions, they require less watering than traditional...
Sump Pump Tips to Keep Your Basement Flood Free

Sump Pump Tips to Keep Your Basement Flood Free

Your sump pump can be a godsend when the flood waters come pouring into your basement, but that only applies if your pump is working efficiently. To keep it in tip-top shape so it can do the job it is designed to do, you need to perform some routine maintenance throughout the year. Follow these tips for keeping your sump pump ready for flood waters whenever a big storm strikes. Clean the Sump Pump It is easy to think your sump pump can take care of itself as it whisks dirty water and debris away from your home. But the truth is it needs your help occasionally. Remove the pump from the basin and clean the screen on the bottom. This can get clogged with dirt and gunk as it sucks up dirty water. For best results, clean the pump after major uses or a least once per year, depending on how often you use the pump. Clean Drainage Pipes While you are in cleaning mode, check the drainage plumbing for any signs of blockages or clogs. Remove any debris in or around the pipes to keep water running freely when your sump pump is in use. If you have problems clearing the pipes, call you plumber now so you can get it taken care of before the waters come flooding in. Test the Sump Pump Knowing your sump pump is ready to go whenever the need arises will give you peace of mind and may avoid the cost of emergency calls to the plumber. To test the pump, fill the basin or sump pit with water. If it...
Removing Drain Flies

Removing Drain Flies

Drain flies, also known as pipe flies, sewer flies or moth flies, are household pests that are unsightly and unclean. We have put together a guide on drain flies to help you keep them out of your home. How Do I Identify a Drain Fly? Drain flies are typically smaller than other species of flies and are most easily identified by the unique pattern of veins that are visible on their wings. Their wings look a little too large for their bodies. They also have segmented antennae and fly in irregular, jerky patterns. Drain flies are fuzzy looking and are usually black but can also be brown. Drain flies got their name because they lay their eggs in material that builds up in the drain, such as hair, grease and sludge. They remain as larvae in the drain for about nine to 15 days until they become adults and fly out of the drain. Adult drain flies tend to be most active in the evening. Unfortunately, even if you only see one or two of them, you know that more are probably on their way, growing up somewhere in your drains. Removing and Preventing Drain Flies A good way to tell for certain that you have drain flies is to put a piece of clear tape over the drain and see if any flies get caught on it. If you catch any flies, then you’ll know exactly where they are coming from, which is an important first step for getting rid of them. A good first step for removing the drain flies is to use a snake or a plunger to try and remove as much of the sludge...