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Summertime Plumbing Tips

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:15pm

Summer is nearly here! When the weather gets hot and kids are out of school, water usage is particularly high. On average water use is increased 20-50% during the summer months. This is something you need to be wary of if you have a septic tank in your home. The more water you use, the bigger chance you will have some sort of plumbing setback occurring.

Here’s a few home tips to help you keep potential big problems at bay:

Clean and maintain your water sprinklers. If you have a sprinkler system you need to check the sprinkler heads to make sure that they are working properly and stick out of your lawn. If you’re not careful you could accidentally run over it with a lawnmower and break it.

Do you have gardening fever? Be thoughtful where you are planting – especially if you are planting trees or large bushes. Tree roots can cause a lot of damage to your plumbing or septic system. If you notice water oozing from your lawn or a lower water pressure indoors, you will need to call a local plumber. Roots can penetrate your pipe systems and cause serious damage if left unattended.

Check for leaks around your home. Yes, we know that we always remind you to keep your eyes (and ears!) open for leaks. Not only does a small drip waste water, but it could be a sign of worse problems. Sometimes the colder winter months can cause a lot of unseen damage to your indoor and outdoor plumbing. Be sure to also check your water hose for leaks. A little leak in your water hose can affect those fun outdoor activities.

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