Installing An Automatic Pet Watering System​

We all love our pets and do our best to make sure they’re always happy and healthy. But even the best of us have our off-days and we’ll be that each and every one has at least once had the following thought flash through their minds (probably midway through the drive from home to work or school): “did I leave the dog/cat with enough water?”  This do it yourself automatic pet watering system to keep your pets hydrated might be just the answer.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your furry friends were always taken care of, hydration-wise? Automatic filling pet system are commercially available but can be pricey and unreliable. Luckily there’s an alternative.  Consider using a unique Hudson Valve as a DIY simple solution.

Most float valves rely on a lever arm and float ball.  The Hudson Valve does not; it utilizes a internal float that opens and closes according to available water pressure.  The benefits are less moving parts and the best, most reliable automatic watering valve available.  You can usually find these system in livestock troughs and ponds.  They work just as well at smaller scales, but not too small because you’ll want a basin at least 4 inches deep to insure the valve operates correctly.

Hudson Valves, as we mentioned, rely on water pressure to operate.  That’s why you need them “so deep”.  After you have securely mounted the valve above the basin, water will flow through the valve and fill it.  After a while, the water level in the basin will hit and move past the bottom of the valve, partially submerging it.  At about 1-1/2 inches past the bottom of the valve, the pressure will close it until the water level drops again.  The basin you use should be deep enough to accommodate the length of the valve itself.  The reason for this is so that it can close before it reaches the rim of the basin and won’t overflow.

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To put together your new automatic watering system, all you’ll need is the basin, your garden hose, the valve, and a mounting bracket. Simply connect your garden hose to the bracket, the bracket to the valve, and the bracket to the basin. You might need to adjust the placement of the valve depending on the depth of your basin which will ensure there’s enough room for the valve to shut off before it has a chance to overflow.  Also, remember to secure the basin itself to the ground if there is any possibility of automatic pet watering system tipping over.

Quick Tip: It’s just a fact that some pets are more well-behaved than others. If yours likes to chew things, you might consider using a stainless steel supply hose instead of your garden hose. A male hose thread (MHT) adapter will make sure it hooks up to the Hudson Valve’s mounting bracket.

Hudson Valves generally use a 1/2″ or 1″ IPS connection to the water source. The mounting bracket we mention allows you to easily connect it to a garden hose instead. If you want to connect your Hudson Valve to a different water source, just be sure that the final connection is the appropriate IPS size.

Once the water is turned on, the basin will be automatically refilled whenever the water level drops below that 1-1/2″ to 2″ threshold on the valve. Your pets will have plenty of water, and your mind will be freed up to worry about all the other things that can haunt your day!

Something you’ll want to be sure to consider for your automatic pet watering system is water pressure. Those with high water pressure (above 80 psi) would be well-served by installing a pressure regulating valve before the watering system. High water pressures can mess with the internal workings of the Hudson Valve, causing it to remain stuck in the open position.

Whatever the season, whatever your climate, pets will always need a steady supply of water. By installing a DIY automatic watering system, you’re guaranteeing that however hectic the morning, whatever the weather may be, your non-human family members will have the water they need leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

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The Cost Of One Leaky Faucet

If you’re like me and dislike being wasteful then you might be interested in this post. Let’s consider one leaky faucet no matter where it is; in the bathroom or kitchen, and no matter what brand it is; Delta, Kohl, American Standard or any other… and how much water (and money), in some areas precious water, is wasted.

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Wasting Water One Drop at a Time

According to my amateur intrepid research; yes, I used Google and Wikipedia.  For the purposes of this article and what I’m trying to illustrate we’ll use medicine as our standard.  In medicine, droppers and IV infusion sets have a standardized a standardized diameter, in such a way that 1 milliliter is equivalent to 20 drops. 

Let’s just say as an example that you have one leaky faucet that drips one drop a second.  I’ve seen faster and I’ve seen slower but we’re just trying to demonstrate how much water is wasted from just one average faucet if there is such a thing.

According to Wikipedia’s article, one milliliter equals 20 drops.  Stay with me here.  If a faucet is leaking 1 drop a second then one minute should equal three milliliters (20 drops X 3 (or 60 seconds).  One hour should equal 180 milliliters and one day worth of dripping should be equal to 4,320 milliliters.  Since I never cared for or learned the metric system let’s put all of this into ounces. 

4,320 milliliters equal 146.0766 US fluid ounces in one day.  Whew, now I can put this into perspective.  So, now let’s say you’re a busy person and you just never got around to repairing that leaky faucet and this drip, drip, dripping continued for one year.  Let’s go to the video tape and amateur math.

146.0766 ounces per day equals 53,317.959 ounces or 416.546554688 gallons. 

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Wasted Water Splashing on Metal Surface

So, just over 416 gallons of water went down the drain in a faucet that drips once a second.  Now imagine you have several faucets and running toilets in your house that are dripping and leaking.  The amount of wasted water exponentially increases!  If this sounds like your home or business, then water going down the drain is the same as throwing money away!

In areas where there is drought or water can become in short supply for whatever reason the amount of wasted water could become a very large number.  In a small town where I used to live I remember seeing there were 8,000 residential structures in that town.  Multiply those homes with one leaky faucet times just over 416 gallons and you’ll see what I mean about big numbers.  That small town I lived in was located in a rainforest so water was plentiful but still, why waste water or increase your water bill needlessly?

If you have leaky faucets or a running toilet but don’t have the time to fix them yourself then I suggest you contact Federal Way Plumbing Pros.  They’ll have you fixed up in no time and the savings are immediate.  Call 844-223-2217 toll free for an appointment.

Oh, there’s a side benefit.  I don’t know about you but the sound of dripping water drives me crazy and you’ll never hear it again!

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