Summer greetings! Plunger the Dog here to provide some handy plumbing tips to make sure that your summer is full of good memories, not ones you want to flush down the toilet. It’s easy to forget about your property and plumbing issues during the summer, but if you don’t properly assess your plumbing, summertime can leave you in deep water.
Here are four tips to avoid common summer plumbing issues:
- Check sprinklers and outdoor faucets. No one wants a pool in his backyard by accident. Winter can take a toll on outdoor faucets and sprinklers. Before you set your sprinklers’ timer and plan that big outdoor BBQ, be sure to run your sprinklers, make sure they are aimed where you want them, and check for any leaks. Take time to walk your yard and check the sprinklers and faucets once they are shut off as well. Even a slow, tiny leak can add up to big trouble (and expenses) if you don’t catch it early.
- Limit garbage disposal usage. For a lot of people, summertime means that kids are home more and visitors may come to stay. Summertime can also lend to more festivities at your home. Instead of making your garbage disposal handle all of the cleanup duties, reserve the kitchen appliance for action just a few times a day (overuse can damage it). Also, avoid putting starchy foods, corncobs, and hard fruits down the garbage disposal as they can cause damage. Rather, consider starting a compost pile.
- Have the toilet talk. With kids home from school and summertime festivities bringing neighbors and family alike into your home, your toilets are certain to pull double-duty. Fix any issues promptly, and encourage your children to embrace conservative toilet paper usage (and, of course, not flush anything else down the toilet). Should your toilet pucker out, make sure your trusted plumber is just a phone call away.
- Scope out the sewer. If you suspect a sewer clog, call a professional plumber to check out the situation. Debris, tree roots, and other materials can build up during winter months, leaving the sewer pipes struggling to work at full capacity.