Summer is the time for vacations and family get-togethers. Plumbing is likely the last thing on your mind during this time of year when it should be at the top. Winter is harsh on our plumbing systems and you don’t want to go away for vacation only to come back to a mess. Here are some tips that can help your plumbing system in the summer.
Turn Down Your Water Heater When You’re Away
If you’re going on vacation, turn down your water heater. This will help you save energy, which saves you money. It may also help extend the life of your hot water heater.
Have Your Pipes Inspected Around Trees
Tree roots can cause a plethora of damage as they grow and spread. They can place weight on pipes, causing them to collapse; grow around the pipes, cracking them; or grow into the pipelines, causing a clog. Have your pipes inspected to ensure your roots are not causing problems.
Check Outdoor Plumbing for Leaks
During the summer months, it’s easier to check your outdoor plumbing for leaks. Look around the ground for signs of puddling or pooling water, check your hose spigot for signs of leaks, and inspect any other outdoor plumbing fixtures, such as pool pumps or sprinkler valves. If you notice decreased water pressure, you may have a leak.
Test Sump Pumps
Summer is the perfect time to test your sump pump. Before heavy summer and fall rains begin, test your sump pump and complete any repairs that may be needed as soon as possible.
Be Mindful of What You Put in the Garbage Disposal
Fresh fruits and vegetables are popular summer foods. Be mindful when sending these items, as well as bulky, starchy and fatty foods, down your garbage disposal. They can clog your pipes, preventing water from draining. If you do clog the disposal, don’t use chemical drain cleaners to remove the stoppage. Chemical drain cleaners can eat through pipes, causing numerous problems.
Inspect Your Washer for Leaks
The washer is typically most used in the summer and can take a beating with all those dirty, muddy and sweaty clothes. As you run your washing machine, look for any possible leaks. It’s best to catch a washing machine leak early. If left uncaught, it can lead to a larger leak that will flood your laundry room or even other parts of your home.
During the summer months, inspect various parts of your plumbing system. If you need help with your plumbing or your cooling system, Buckeye Heating and Cooling can help you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.