22 Apr

6 Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer is coming! Is your plumbing ready?

Here are 6 tips for keeping your plumbing in tip top shape this summer:

  • Playing outside means more dirt, and more dirty clothes.
    • Make sure you check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks, and cracks.
    • Also be sure to clean out your dryer lint regularly.
    • Finally keep in mind that your machine hoses should be replaced about every 3 years!
  • Move your washing machine
    • Move it about 4 inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and don’t leave your home when your machine is running.
  • Make sure to check your ductwork for condensation. This can cause a backup if the drains are not clear. Leaks in seams can also cause condensation. If you notice problems call us today!
  • Summer bbqs can mean lots of food that could end up in your disposal
    • So be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout. Most are not equipped to handle 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.
    • Make sure you Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through.
    • And 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.
  • Summer also means TRAVEL!
    • A great way to save money and energy while on your vacation is to turn down the temperature of your water heater and turn up the temperature of your refrigerator.
      • But if you do turn down your fridge make sure you remove highly perishable foods, like dairy, produce and meat first.
  • As it goes every season the best defense to ensuring your plumbing systems are running properly is to schedule annual maintenance inspections, and keep on top of your systems before it’s too late, or when you need them most.