With summer almost in full swing, what can we expect from our plumbing system? Whether you know it or not, plumbing problems are seasonal. The fact of the matter is we use some appliances and fixtures more in summer than we do any other time of the year. As the weather starts warming up and the kids are home from school, our plumbing goes unnoticed until something goes wrong. With a few reminders and some practical tips, we can avoid calling a plumber.
Your Plumbing Pro Can Fix Any Summer Plumbing Problems
The most prominent issue during summer is clogged and broken toilets. With summer get-togethers and kids home all day long our toilets get taxed. Remind your kids to use a moderate amount of toilet paper, and for the young ones, they need to be also reminded, “Never put anything down the toilet other than toilet paper.” Now the typical clog can be handled with our faithful plunger. In addition to all the usage, it’s not uncommon to hear your toilet start to run. You may need to make minor adjustments to your float, flapper, flush valve or flush handle. Whatever the case, you can trust your plumbing professional to fix any plumbing issue promptly including a severe clog.
Garbage Disposals Needs Your Attention
Another problem that’s more common during summer is the breaking down of our garbage disposal. Our garbage disposal is built to last about 12 years, but we can reduce that significantly if not maintained properly. Summer is the time for outdoor cookouts. And with those cookouts comes watermelon, cantaloupe, hard fruits, hard vegetable, corn on the cob and grease which will all damage our garbage disposal blades. This will lead to clogged drains. Avoid pouring fat or grease down the drain after grilling. Also by running cold water down your disposal for a few seconds after usage, it can help clear any remaining food bits. While you are at it, throw in some ice cubes to sharpen the blades and citrus peels for better smells.
Check Your Sprinkler Stations
Broken sprinklers can wreak havoc if they go unnoticed. Run a check of all your sprinkler stations. Now sprinklers are more for your landscape contractors, but they do work hand in hand with your plumbing system. When it’s time to start up the mower, check your lowered sprinkler heads. Inspect your sprinkler heads and adjust them appropriately. Make sure they’re set correctly so that no water wasted.