Some of the most common issues you may experience during summertime could be with your plumbing. While summertime is more relaxing for us, it is not for your plumbing. More homeowners are cooking out and hosting more friends and family, in addition to kids being home for the summer, and the influx of people can put a strain on your plumbing. There are potential problems you should be on the lookout for and take certain steps to avoid.
Top 5 Summertime Plumbing Situations:
- A Clogged Garbage Disposal: Many people are eating more produce over the summer and cooking more food. Certain produce and heavy amounts of food down the garbage disposal can lead to damaged blades or stubborn clogs.
- Sewer Line Backups: Spring/Summer brings increased rainfall as the air heats up in the afternoons. Excessive water can enter the pipes and lead to cracks or a backed up sewer line.
- Washing Machine Maintenance: With kids being home for the summer, spending more time outdoors and perhaps at the pool or beach, this normally means more loads of laundry for mom and more strain on your washing machine.
- Clogged Toilets: Your toilets are used much more during the summer as your kids are home all day and you may have more guests.
- Sprinkler Issues: Damaged, dirty or uncared for sprinkler heads could lead to persistent plumbing problems
Avoid the Stress:
- Be careful with your garbage disposal. When hosting family or friends, set out extra trash cans to ensure certain food is disposed of in the garbage rather than the disposal. Keep large or hard types of food as well as any cooking oil out of the garbage disposal. To keep your disposal at its best, run cold water down the drain before and after using it. If it needs to be cleaned, pour baking soda around and top off with vinegar down the drain. Have food stuck to the blades? A couple ice cubes down the disposal will do the trick!
- Schedule a sewer line inspection. With the increased rainfall, it can make your sewer line weak, which can be hard to detect by yourself. Schedule regular inspections so you can catch any future problems early!
- While we can get into a rush doing laundry, trying to get as much done at one time as we can, overloading our washing machines can really do some damage. Do smaller loads at a time and clean the inside of the washer and detergent containers monthly to prevent build up. If the kids were outside in dirt, mud or gravel, rinse the clothes off first before throwing them in the washer.
- To avoid clogged toilets, it is important that your kids know a moderate amount of toilet paper to use and to only flush once to avoid putting extra strain on the toilet. Make sure younger children know what to and what not to flush.
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