Sweet Summertime: 7 Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Summer is THE time you’re likely spending more time outside, playing activities, visiting with friends and family, and hosting backyard BBQ’s. However, summer is also THE time homeowners see a lot more plumbing problems surface. To avoid a plumbing nightmare this summer, there are 7 tips you should know.
1. Prevent Toilets From Clogging
With the increased foot traffic through your home this summer, it’s important to remind guests and children of proper bathroom etiquette. Make sure everyone knows what is safe to flush and what is not safe to flush to prevent clogs. Anything but waste and toilet paper does not belong in the toilet. It’s also important to remind children to not use too much toilet paper, as this can also lead to clogs.
2. Save Water
It can be tough to save water in the summertime. After all, you’re likely drinking more of it, using it to water your lawn or to fill up a swimming pool, or to simply cool down. However, try to be more conscious of your water usage where you can. This could mean you take shorter showers or turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth. Also consider not running the dishwasher until it is fully loaded, and limiting your loads in the washing machine. These simple tasks can make a world of difference when it comes to saving water this summer.
3. Be Kind To Your Garbage Disposal
Is your home the hangout spot for neighborhood kids during the summer? Maybe you’re the one that’s hosting the next big cookout or BBQ. If you’re having guests over for food, remind them that your garbage disposal is not the place for trash! Items like bones, fruit pits, and grease from grilling should never go down your drain as this could lead to clogs and blockages. Instead, have a trash can easily accessible so people can throw their trash away in the garbage vs. your garbage disposal.
4. Test Your Sump Pump
In places like Virginia, we are no strangers to summer storms! While thunderstorms occur throughout the year, summer tends to be the season we see the most of it. That being said, it is the best time to test your sump pump. Making sure it is working properly can help you avoid a messy flood at your home’s foundation in the event of a huge thunderstorm. If you live in an area that is prone to summer storms, make sure to test your sump pump on a dry day.
5. Check For Leaks
You will be able to save money on your water bills and prevent potentially significant water damage by catching leaks early on. Now is the best time to inspect your faucets, pipes, showerheads, and outdoor spigots for any signs of leaks. If you notice any leaks, call your local plumber to address them before the problem worsens.
6. Clear Out Your Drains
During the winter, your outdoor drains and downspouts likely took a hit! Make sure you clear them out this summer so they’re free of leaves and dirt. If you don’t clear your drains, they could clog up and cause damage to your drains, ultimately leading to cracks and leaks. In addition to clearing out your outdoor drains, pay attention to your indoor drains as well. For example, your bathtub and shower drains could see clogs this summer if you’re taking trips to the beach. Pebbles, sand and dirt can clog up your drains if you’re not careful. Remember to wash off before entering your shower, and even consider investing in a mesh filter or hair catcher.
7. Schedule An Appointment With A Plumber
Take a few minutes to schedule an appointment with your local plumber. They can come to your home and inspect your plumbing system to ensue it’s good to go for the summer. A professional inspection can save you money in the long run by preventing expensive issues or repairs in the future.
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