Summer is a time when we are out and about enjoying the weather more than the cold months. With this time can come some increased use of your household appliances that can lead to issues if not taken care of. Here are the most common issues with plumbing that can come in the summer and how to prevent them. Remember, the best way to avoid a disaster is preventative measures beforehand.
Are you having more friends over, enjoying barbecues, and watching the big game? Make sure, when you’re all finished with the leftover food, you don’t throw it all down the sink. While it may be organic a biodegradable, hard fruits/vegetables can be damaging to the blades of your disposal. Doing this often can decrease its efficiency and eventually lead to problems such as a clogged disposal that, if unattended could lead to flooding. Make sure to dispose of all large pieces into the trash, and run cold water through your disposal before and after its use. Also, minimize the amount of oil you drop down the drain, this can be harmful to your disposal as well.
Sewer Line Backups
Whether you’re inviting people over to your home or not, the summer is usually a time where your restrooms are being used more. Make sure you have all cleaning products nearby in case a clog occurs. The last thing you want is a buildup that leads to flooding in your bathroom.
Make sure you check your outdoor drains and gutters and remove any debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. Summer showers can come quickly, and without proper draining can cause significant issues to your home.
Washing Machine Maintenance
Again, as the summer months come in, and you’re out and about enjoying the weather more, your washer and dryer end up getting more use. Be sure to remove the lint often and check that all connections are free from wear and are in good working condition.
Before firing up your sprinklers the quench your parched lawn, be sure to check each of the sprinkler heads to make sure they are clear of any debris and are in full working order. A clogged sprinkler head can lead to large issues if not attended properly.
In any case, make sure you’re paying attention to what your home is telling you. While it may seem like a big nuisance to pay for new parts for a sink, washer and dryer, or sprinkler, it will prevent you from exponentially larger expenses in the future.