Plumbing Tips for the Summer Months

The transition from spring to summer is an exciting time for all homeowners, but that also means that it’s time to avoid any potential problems with your plumbing, drain, and sewer systems. The summer months can bring many issues to your plumbing systems, but if you are prepared properly, you can avoid these issues and have a hassle free summer season. Here are some tips to get your home ready for warm weather while saving energy and money as well.
During the summer, there is more outdoor activities which means there is the opportunity for more dirty clothing. Be sure to check all washing machine hoses for any bulges, cracks, or leaks, and make sure to remove drier lint on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent any kinks from occurring within the hose, and never leave your home while the washer is running. A good rule of thumb when wondering when your hoses should be replaced is about every three years.

Summer can be humid, and in humid weather, your ductwork may begin to sweat and create condensation. If your drains aren’t clear, this can cause a backup. Any leaks in the seams can also create condensation. If you have any installations in your attic, be sure that there is no water present in the drain pan. If there is water present, you should call for help from a professional as it could save your ceiling from collapsing.

The warm weather calls for cookouts, but it is always important to monitor what you put down your kitchen disposal after these get-togethers. Most systems are not equipped to handle any type of cornhusks, celery, banana peels, or any other string-like foods. A couple other items to stay away from would be fats or cooking oils because they’ll form clots in your piping. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before, and after, you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. You should never put stuffing, potato mixes, or any other “add-water” foods down the drain, as they will create an instant clog when you add water to them to flush them through the system.

You can save money on your summer vacation by turning down the temperature of your water heater as well.

A common occurrence during this time of the year is sewer backups. This is due to summer rainwater entering sewer pipes through the cracks and crevices. New tree growth can also cause sewer backup issues if roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. You should have a plumber inspect your sewer lines to let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer backup issue, or to see if damage has really occurred. Either way, your plumber will be able to help you determine the best kind of solution for proper drain cleaning techniques.