During summer, a lot can go wrong when it comes to plumbing. Plumbing issues can ruin your summer completely. Here are five summer plumbing tips to help you prevent plumbing problems or deal with them when they occur.
1. Garbage Disposal
During summer, people cook out a lot, and most of the waste food is passed through the garbage disposal. Hard fruits and vegetables can cause damage to the blades of your in-sink garbage disposal or cause clogs. Used cooking oil also damages the garbage disposal and should not be poured in. If your garbage disposal is clogged, a plumber can clear it up for you.
2. Washing Machines
The use of washing machines in summer is greater than in other seasons, especially if there are children around. The strain on your washing machine increases greatly.
When you are doing laundry, always stay close to the washing machine so that you can stop the cycle in case of a malfunction. Move your washing machine a little from the wall to prevent the hose from kinking. A plumbing company can fix any leaks in the hosing of your washing machine.
3. Save on Utility Bills
If you are going for a lengthy vacation, consider cutting off your water meter as a safety precaution. In case a water pipe in your home is damaged while you were away, your house could flood. Before you leave, turn off your water heater to save on electricity. If you need to cut off your meter, a plumbing company will do it for you.
4. Sewer Lines
Rainwater from summer showers or thunderstorms can enter sewer pipes through cracks and cause them to clog or back up. The roots of trees may also cause damage to sewer lines. You can prevent backing up of sewers by having the lines regularly inspected by a plumber. If the damage is extensive, the plumber may suggest replacement of the sewer lines.
5. Dealing with Excess water
Summer rains are common in some areas, especially in the afternoon. Ensure that your compound is well drained to prevent water from stagnating. Standing water harbors disease-bearing insects that can harm you and your family. Have a plumber check all your drains and gutters for blockages that can cause water to stagnate.
Consider the installation of a system to capture rainwater. The water you collect can be used to irrigate your lawn during the scorching months of summer. A good plumber can advise you on the best system to use and install it for you.
If you follow these five tips, plumbing issues in the summer will be a thing of the past.
Avoid the hassle of an untimely repair, call Hull Plumbing at (405) 267-9283 for an inspection in the Oklahoma City area!
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