Although you may not realize it, your plumbing system gets a serious workout in the summer months. From summer storms to more showers and baths to watering your garden – these things all stress your plumbing more than any other time of the year. Follow these summer plumbing tips to keep your plumbing system in good working order.
Look for excess water in your yard and areas with unusual plant or grass growth
This may indicate a damaged sewer line, and, even worse, the standing water in your yard may contain household waste. Schedule an appointment with a licensed plumbing to perform a video inspection of your sewer line. This will reveal any damage, cracks, or breaks in the line.
Inspect your washing machine
With your family participating in more outdoor fun in the summer, you’re bound to be doing more laundry. Check your washing machine hoses for leaks or cracks, and clean your dryer lint trap after every load.
Be kind to your garbage disposal
Summer cookouts are a lot of fun, but be careful what you put down your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are not made to handle fibrous, stringy foods, or oils and fats. Some no-no’s include cooking oil and grease, banana peels, celery, corn husks, pasta, rice, egg shells and any instant mixes (such as instant potatoes).
Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes
Using your dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing your dishes. Also, check your dishwasher connections to make sure they are tight and leak-free.
Check your sump pump
Be prepared for strong summer storms. If you have a sump pump, inspect it to make sure it’s in top condition.
Check drain spouts and gutters
Make sure your drain spouts and gutters are clean and free of debris.