In the summer, the water in your garden hose is the freshest water you’ll ever drink.
But it’s a little trickier to keep it fresh.
Read on for the basics, how to maintain the water quality in your hose and tips to keep you and your lawn look fresh all summer long.
Maintain the water flow The water in the hose has to flow in the same direction as the air around it, meaning the water will be running at the same rate every time you open your water valve.
But that can make it difficult to see when the water is actually flowing.
This is because water has a tendency to run out of the hose, and it can be difficult to tell whether the water has stopped flowing or is just going into the drain.
To help with this, you’ll need to monitor your water flow and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.
Water pressure to open water valves A good rule of thumb is to start with a pressure of 8-10psi, or 20-30psi if you have an automatic water pump, or between 12-15psi for automatic water pumps.
Water flowing in a hose will often fall between 12 and 15psi as it passes over the surface of the soil.
But you can also measure the pressure in your tank and make adjustments accordingly, if needed.
Water flow to drain pipes If you have two water lines, you might notice that when you have water flowing from one line to the other, it stops, then flows back in the opposite direction.
This can be a sign that the water on the other side of the water line has stopped.
To prevent this, open the water valve on the water pipe to drain it, and open the valves on the hose on the outside of the house.
This will cause the water to flow back towards the pipe, and this will allow the water pressure to return to the desired level.
The water pressure should be no higher than 8-9psi.
It can be tricky to tell when the hose pressure is lower, and you may need to adjust your hose schedule accordingly, but there are a few simple things you can do to keep the pressure down.
Check the water level.
Check your hose’s level every so often to make sure you haven’t let water through the hose and it’s still standing upright.
If the water appears to be stuck or uneven, you need to add water.
To do this, use a water level indicator to mark the level of the top of the drain pipe, so that you know when the level is high enough.
If you’re concerned that the level in your house is dropping too fast, it’s also worth checking the drain water level every couple of days to make certain that the flow isn’t slowing down.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, try adjusting the watering schedule on the pipe or changing the water temperature on the house heating system.
If a pipe is still running, drain it.
This should be the easiest of the tasks, but it’s important to check for leaks regularly.
You’ll want to check the water for leaks on a daily basis to make it clear what’s happening.
Use a pump, air pump or water pressure gauge.
These will measure the water’s flow and can help you see when you need water or if it’s running at a higher level than expected.
Check and adjust the watering schedules on the pipes.
If they’re running at higher levels than expected, or if they’re being run at an inconsistent rate, you may have to adjust the water schedule accordingly to avoid water leaks.
If there are leaks, replace the pipes and/or the water supply.
This won’t be an easy task, but if it does work, you can always buy a new hose and do a repair.
Check for leaks in the water If your water pipes are leaking or leaking too much, it might be time to replace them.
If so, you should also check your water supply to make a sure that it isn’t leaking, too.
If it’s leaking, the leak is likely due to a fault in the piping.
Check all of your pipes for cracks or damage, and then replace them if you need them.
To ensure the water pipes you’ve got are good, you could also check for water leaks on your neighbour’s pipes, if they don’t have leaks on their own pipes.
It’s also important to keep an eye on the drain pipes to make them safe to drain.
This could mean that you’ve replaced a pipe or a valve that’s leaking and are waiting for it to get fixed before replacing it.
If that happens, try to get your neighbour to take their pipes out of their homes.
This may also help to reduce water leakage from your neighbours, as they’ll likely be more aware of their water quality and likely to make repairs if needed if they find that they need to.
To see how often you should replace pipes and valves, check the drain meter