While summer is a time for relaxation after all of your spring cleaning hardwork, we’ve got a brief list of summer plumbing tips to keep your plumbing system running well during the warmest months of the year:
- Summer is usually filled with memorable cookouts featuring amazing food. Whenever you host friends and family, be mindful of what you put down your garbage disposal. They are not equipped to handle things like cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are fats or cooking oils because they form clogs in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain—they’ll create an instant clog when you add water. Pasta, rice and eggshells should also be avoided.
- While summer vacation is in and of itself a vacation, many people like to schedule out of town trips while kids are off from school. While you’re away, there’s no need for your water heater to continually keep your water temperature hot. Turning the appliance on “vacation” mode will save you money and energy. It also easily returns to the right temperature within twenty minutes of turning the knob back to the regular setting.
- Another vacation tip we always recommend is turning off the water to your house (while still leaving your sprinkler system water on). Should you have a burst pipe, malfunctioning water heater, leaky toilet, or any number of plumbing issues, turning the water to the house off will mitigate any sort of damage, minimizing your risk for disasters.
- If you have kids you know how jam packed their summers can be with activities of every sort. Most washing machines see a dramatic increase in usage due to all of the additional dirty laundry. To keep that washing machine working properly, we recommend that you regularly inspect the various hoses, keeping an eye out for any bulges or kinks in the line. These preventative measures will help preserve the life expectancy of your appliance.
- If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s in good condition for those strong summer storms that usually blow our way. Pour a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water, then shut off without any problems.
- Consider looking into a system that captures grey water or rainwater. Rainwater sources are a fantastic economical and sustainable way to keep your lawn and garden watered throughout these scorching summer months. Some of these systems cost next to nothing, and nearly all of them will pay for themselves quickly.