Top 6 Summer Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
Summer isn’t over – yet. It’s not too late to give your plumbing a little TLC before saying goodbye to the hot weather. Here are the top 6 summer plumbing tips every homeowner should know.
Inspect Your Home For Leaks
According to the EPA, the average household’s leaks account for 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. Even the smallest leak can waste a lot of water – and cause your water bills to increase. Get ready to enter the fall season completely leak free and inspect your home for leaks – big and small. Consider hiring a leak detection company, like MA Williams. You can also do a visual inspection yourself by making sure the most leak-prone areas in your home (toilets, faucets, and showerheads) are dry.
Prevent Toilet Clogs
Toilet clogs can be super frustrating. As life returns somewhat back to normal after the Coronavirus pandemic, chances are the traffic in and out of your home has increased. Make sure you don’t have any major toilet blockages by avoiding flushing anything that’s not toilet paper. Despite the name, even flushable wipes aren’t safe for your toilet because they’re harder to break down than simple toilet paper.
Prevent Garbage Disposal Clogs
If you have kids, it’s likely you’ve found popsicle wrappers in your sink this summer. If you’ve hosted a BBQ recently, you may have even found some bones in the sink from those delicious hot wings you made for everyone. Be mindful of what is safe to go down a garbage disposal – and what is not. Avoid garbage disposal clogs by making sure you dispose of the following items in the trash: bones, wrappers, eggshells, lemon peels, pits and seeds, grease and oil, coffee grounds, and more.
Try To Save Water
Try to save water as best you can. Water usage often increases during the summer months, so make sure you’re using it only where you need it most. That means try shortening your showers, turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, or fully loading up your dishwasher when using it instead of washing only a few dishes at a time. Make those small changes will make a big difference in your next water bill.
Clear Your Drains
The fall seasons brings with it lots of fallen leaves. In order to prevent bigger clogs, make sure to clear your outdoor drains and downspouts so that they’re free of dirt and leaves this summer. That way, it’s clean before fall has a chance to take over. If you don’t clean your drains, they could clog up and cause damage. The last thing you want to deal with is cracks and leaks.
Schedule An Appointment With A Plumber
While there are a lot of plumbing tasks you can handle on your own, there are some that require the help of a professional. Schedule an appointment with a plumber so they can inspect your plumbing system and ensure it’s ready to handle the rest of summer – and the changing of seasons. A professional inspection can save you money in the long run.
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