7 Summer Plumbing Tips
Summer time means no school, pool time, and more food for the whole family. It also means more laundry, more water being used, and your toilets being used more often. Below are 7 plumbing tips to help keep your home running efficiently during summertime.
1. Turn your water heater down and your refrigerator up when vacationing.
This saves energy while you are out of the house. No one needs hot water when no one is in the home. This also saves you money while you are away. You could also turn up the temperature of your refrigerator; this also saves you money and energy. You should remove perishable foods beforehand, such as milk, cheese, vegetables, fruit, and meat.
2. Watch what you put down your garbage disposal.
Summer is a great and popular time for cookouts with family, friends, and coworkers. You will need to watch what you put down your garbage disposal and how you dispose of waste food. Avoid putting grease down the drain after grilling out; used cooking oils are damaging to garbage disposals. It is also not a good idea to put produce down the garbage disposal. Produce/hard fruits such as corn or watermelon causes damage to the blades or could lead to tenacious clogs. Never put “just add water” foods such as instant potatoes or stuffing down the drain because they can cause immediate clogs when water is added. It is recommended to run cold water at full pressure for at least 15 seconds before and after you put something down the garbage disposal to flush it through.
3. Take it easy on your washing machine.
Most of the time more loads of laundry are necessary during the summer due to kids being home. What kid does not enjoy playing in the dirt outside or going swimming at the local swimming pool? Between loads of laundry make sure that you give your washing machine a break every now and then to prevent extra stress on the machine. It is recommended to move the machine from the wall to help prevent the washing machine hose from kinking. Make sure to visually inspect your washing machine for leaks, bulges, or cracks, and do not forget to remove dryer lint regularly. You should replace your washing machine hose approximately every three years. If you end up having to replace your washing machine hose, it is recommended to spend the extra money on a stainless-steel hose because they last a lot longer than rubber hoses. It is best to stay at home while the washing machine is running because if any problems arise you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if necessary.
4. Check the sprinkler system.
Whether you do it yourself or call a professional plumber such as Jim Dandy, you should check all your sprinkler heads to make sure they are all working correctly and are not leaking. Broken sprinkler heads can spray onto the sidewalk and waste water, which causes the grass to die. You should also clean the heads. It is recommended to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening after the sun goes down. If you turn on your sprinklers during the day the water can be lost due to evaporation from the heat throughout the day. Make sure to be careful when mowing the lawn to avoid damaging the shower heads.
5. Check the sewer system.
Servicing your sewer systems before summertime comes can help you avoid any problems. Summer includes thunderstorms and summer rain showers. Sewer pipes can gain excessive rain through cracks, and this can cause the sewer line to back up. Sewers can back up when the storms hit and the ground becomes soaked with rain. For homeowners, we recommend installing a drain pump in each drain to prevent water from backing up during storms. This is also simple and cheap. If you have trees or shrubs on your property, roots can also become a problem to your sewer system because of all the rain that happens; this causes the trees to grow. Any kind of tree growth can cause roots to make their way to your sewer lines in search for a water source. You should call Jim Dandy if there are any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain. We can clear out any roots that are damaging your sewer system.
6. Take it easy on the toilets.
With kids home more often than usual the toilets are being used during the day when the kids would normally be at school. You should teach your kids to use a modest amount of toilet paper when using the restroom to avoid a clog in the toilet(s). Make sure that they know what to not flush down the toilet, including paper towels and feminine hygiene products.
7. Make sure that the water is turned off if it is not being used.
During the summer kids love to use the faucets and hoses outside to help them cool off. Water balloons, blow up pools, putting the sprinkler under the trampoline, and more calls for a good time with siblings and friends. Make sure that once the kids are done having their fun to check that the water has been turned off to help you avoid high water bills and to keep you from wasting water.
The best defense to guarantee that all your plumbing systems are working correctly is to schedule annual maintenance as well as inspections. It is best to prepare and prevent than to repair and regret. If any of the following issues occur, do not hesitate to call Jim Dandy at 206-966-4548 or 425-454-8153. We can take care of your issue in a timely and efficient manner.