This time of year is the most popular time for people to take time off. While the summer season is busy with vacations, this time of year is filled with family time, big meals together, and visiting out of town friends.
Having extra houseguests can be a fun and exciting time. But, the extra people in the home means extra work for your plumbing and appliances. For instance, when one person takes a shower they will use two gallons of hot water per minute. That means that for five people taking a 10 minute shower each, 100 gallons of water will be used. Add an extra three people to the household, and your water usage will easily increase.
With all of this extra strain on your plumbing, it is important to do some preventative maintenance in anticipation of your visitors. Here are some things that you can do to make sure that your plumbing system is ready for visitors this month:
- Do any of your appliances have leaks or drips? Check around the base of your toilet to make sure that the seal is in good shape. Check the bathroom faucets and fixtures for drips and leaks. If water is pooling around the base of the toilet or in the cabinet under the bathroom sink, have your plumbing inspected and get the leaks repaired. Even a tiny leak can quickly escalate with the slightest amount of extra use.
- Bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and shower drains are notorious for getting clogged. Typically, the cause of these clogs is a build-up of soap scum. You can combat this issue with a two-fold approach. First, treat your drains with a pot of boiling water. Do this by plugging the drain, pouring a full pot of boiling water in, and then unplug the drain (careful not to burn yourself).
- Install low-flow fixtures including showerheads before your guests arrive. Any showerheads that are already low-flow should be thoroughly cleaned and rid of any deposits. Use a plastic bag filled with a mixture of water and vinegar to soak your showerheads. This will breakdown the corrosion and you can then rinse it away.
This is a great time of the year to spend time indoors with family and out of town guests. Eating large meals together and making memories. Make sure that your plumbing system is up for the task! Follow these tips for preventative maintenance so your family time is not interrupted by a plumbing disaster.