Summer is a fun season to travel, enjoy and recharge for the busy fall ahead. However, some plumbing problems might spoil your downtime.
During the summer holidays, there might be increased traffic in your house with the kids out of school and family and friends over for parties. This results in more flushing of toilets. More clothes to wash and dishes to clean.
As a result, you might encounter plumbing problems more than usual. From clogged toilets to clogged pipes and many more you were not prepared for.
If You Follow The Mentioned Summer Plumbing Tips It Can Save You Both Time And Money!
1. Identify any leaks
Summer is the perfect time to check for leaks. In winter, it is difficult to find any plumbing issues due to the cold weather. During warm weather, it’s better to take care of any issues before it gets cold again.
The first thing you’d want to do is to inspect the plumbing inside and outside your home. Check all of your faucets, pipes under the sink, showerheads, and bathtub spigots.
Moreover, check your drinking water line behind your refrigerator, water softener connections, water heater, etc.
See if there’s any rust, corrosion, leaks, broken or bent parts, or other signs of trouble. Use a flashlight to see underneath cabinets and in dark corners.
2. Prevent Clogs
Look for any slow drain or weak flush issue during warm weather. Prepare yourself to sort out the issue. Normally, a plunger does the job of handling most normal clogs.
Sometimes, you might notice your toilets flush slowly, or you’ve seen greywater gurgle into the tub during or after heavy rain. That is probably a cause to call a professional for an inspection.
Cracks can also develop in the pipes that will allow water in and prevent the pipe from doing its job. This results in the sewer or septic pipe backing up into the bathtub, and sometimes other drains. It can be very bad if it ever happens.
For kitchen sinks, many times the clog forms in the U-shaped part of the pipe beneath the sink. You can try a pitcher or pan of very hot water to get the clog moving. Then try a clog-clearing chemical product that removes clogs.
For bathroom sinks and some bathtubs, your hair is the biggest enemy. Hair can clog the drain or further down the line. Sometimes, you can clear the ones near the top by hand or with a pair of tweezers.
3. Guard the Garbage Disposal
In summer, you might try out hydrating fruits and vegetables but sometimes these can be harmful to your kitchen garbage disposal. A bonus tip is to avoid stringy foods, such as celery, banana peels, and corn husk.
Moreover, avoid hard melon rinds, chicken skin or meat fat, and vegetation from carrots or other produce. Instead of throwing them in the disposal, keep a sink-side container for your own good.
4. Watch the Washer
In summer you are more prone to dirt and grimes. As a result, you have to do more laundry too. Everyone gets dirty and sweaty. Therefore, more showers and changing clothes. All of it generates more work for the washer.
Start summer by inspecting all the parts of your washer. Look for bulges or any cracks. You might see water, mold, mildew, or other evidence that something is getting wet either constantly or occasionally. At that time, replace any hoses that are cracked or look distressed.
5. Sweaty Pipes
Slight condensation on pipes, faucet heads, and other plumbing components is normal when the cold water is running. Cool water causes the room-temperature or warmer pipes to react and temporarily produce condensation. Usually, the droplets and condensation stop after you finish with the cold water.
If it is constantly present though, you probably have a problem such as a leaky faucet, running toilet, or improper main valve adjustment. There are insulated wrapping products available that will prevent the moisture from forming at all.
Plumbing issues in summer might cause frustration. It can also hinder your summer enjoyments. Whether you are winding summer up or down, you can count on Plumbing 911 to meet all of your plumbing needs.
Plumbing 911 is a family-owned and operated company providing local plumbing services to Medina, Stark, Portage, Summit, Cuyahoga and Lake counties. We will help with everything from emergency calls and clogs to inspections and small or large maintenance items.