Summer Plumbing Tips
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 1:08pm
School might already be out for summer break, but summer officially starts tomorrow (June 20th). Here’s a few tips to make sure your home is ready for summer!
There’s no better time to get outside than the summer time. Hiking, swimming, and a number of sports will keep your family busy – as well as your washing machine. Check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks, or cracks. Make sure that your machine is at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinks and damage.
• Humidity can do more than make you feel a little sticky, it can also make your ductwork sweat and create condensation. What does this mean? Backup if your drains are not clear. If you have an attic installation, be sure that there is no water in the drain pain, if there is call your local plumber! You might just save your ceiling.
• Summertime is also filled with good friends, cookouts, and barbecues. Be careful what you put down your garbage disposal! Most disposals are not equipped to handle corn husks, celery, or other fibrous or stringy foods. We’re sure you know this, but also stay away from draining your cooking oils or fats down that drain. Even foods like instant mashed potatoes can be a disaster going down your drain. If you just “add water” – probably not a great idea to try to drain down the sink!
• Save a little green this summer byturning down the temperature of your water heater. You’re going to be hot enough enjoying the sunshine, so enjoy a few months with a lower temperature. While you’re looking at your water heater, give it a glance for any leaks or rust. Another green tip for the spring and summer? Add in a rainwater barrel to your gutter and use any rainwater into gardening water!
• Speaking of saving some green, a leaky hose or leaky faucet can cost you lots of money. The next time you turn on your hose, check for leaks. A leaky faucet that comes into contact with your foundation or siding can also cause worse problems down the road.
• Summer rainwater and new tree growth can wreck havoc on your sewer lines, making backups a common issue during the summertime. If you suspect that you’ve got cracked pipes or root problems, you’ll need tocall your local plumber for an inspection. If the unwanted damage has occurred, your plumber will be able to determine the best treatment for a proper drain cleaning.
Any questions? Feel free to leave comments below, or better yet, call your local Mr. Rooter plumbing, sewage repair, and drain specialist today to get your home ready for summer.