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09 Apr

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the Air!

As we enter into the glorious time of the year in the Pacific Northwest, we start to think about our outdoor living spaces.  It is time to pull-out the lawn furniture and start planning our gardens.

Is this the year where you are going to be installing that outdoor kitchen you have always dreamed about?

Or maybe you are ready to start capturing rain water to help reduce your water usage?


Or perhaps you are ready to make some upgrades to your home before all those graduations parties?

What ever the plumbing project you have in mind, Water Cents can help you complete those projects.  Give us a call for creative ideas!

06 Nov

Flushing Money Down the Drain?

Did you know that having a leaking toilet is like flushing money down the drain? Sure, you can wait until you get your water bill and let the city inform you that you have a leak. Or you can take a proactive approach to detecting water leaks in your home. In the video below, we show you a toilet that was making a weird noise that prompted a little investigation. After adding a little dye to the tank, we found that it was leaking.

So, if you find you have a leak, give us a call! We are here to help you address your plumbing needs.

19 Jul

Summer Has Arrived!

Summer Has Arrived!

Ahh! Summer in Pacific Northwest! There is no better place to be! And with this great weather comes vacations – be it a day trip or a few weeks.

As you prepare for your vacation, here are a few easy tips to help insure a worry free trip:

– Turn the water off before heading out, even if it’s just for a day.
– For longer trips, you may want to turn off your hot water heater;
– For electric heaters, simply flip the breaker in the panel.
– For gas heaters, turn the gas control valve to vacation setting.
– Make sure you turn the water back on before re-starting your water heater. Also, remember it can take 1-2 hours for the water to heat up.
– Turn off the water to washing machine. This is a potential source for water leaks and can be devastating if you aren’t home when it bursts.

If you are looking for a little more peace of mind, consider installing a water sensor that will automatically shut-off the water if a leak is detected. These sensors can be located in areas that you might not notice water leaking until damage is done, including the ice maker, dishwasher or hot water heater.

Call us today to learn more about ways to protect your home from water damage whether you are home or on vacation.

So, now get out and enjoy this wonderful weather! Have a safe and fun summer!

23 Jun

With all the rain, why is water conservation important?

As we look outside and it is still raining in June, we can’t help but ask why is water conservation so important in the Pacific Northwest?

In the “good ol’ days”, water utilities were able to put wells in areas where people were living. This made sense from an accessibility standpoint, but, unfortunately, these wells were diverting ground water from the mountain streams and impacting the amount of water available in the streams for the fish, wildlife and plants.

So, now, as our water demands grow, new wells must be put in locations that minimize the impact to the water flow. So, that means in areas closer to large bodies of water (i.e. Columbia River) and in some cases, at a greater distance from the populations being served.

In addition, during those glorious summer months, the water demand almost triples as we strive to keep our lawns lush and green. So, the water systems must be able to handle the summer irrigation demands.

So, what can we do about water conservation? We can take steps to minimize our water usage, especially during the summer months when demand is the highest.

Here are a few tips for you to consider during these months.

1. Check to make sure there are no leaks in your pipes. Turn all water sources off in your home and monitor the water meter to make sure there is no water flowing during that time.
2. Water in the morning when the temperatures are cooler and the wind is lighter.
3. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting as longer grass holds soil moisture better than shorter grass.
4. Install a rain shut-off device on your sprinkler system to eliminate unnecessary watering.
5. Only water when you need to. Check this by stepping on the grass, if it springs back up after you remove your foot, it doesn’t need watering.
6. Install a rain barrel. This won’t completely reduce your need to use the irrigation system, but it does allow you to capture and re-use your rainwater.

Looking for more ideas? Try this website for lots of helpful tips.