Summertime is one of the best times of the year. Often filled with cookouts and beach vacations, there is much to look forward to. As we approach this season, it’s a good idea to do a quick check over your plumbing system to ensure it is safe and in good standing. Here are some tips to help ensure everything is in good working order.
- Be sure to check for leaks around all of your fixtures and appliances. During summer, your plumbing system is typically used more heavily. A quick inspection for leaks around your water heater, toilets, refrigerator, and all other fixtures and appliances which use water (dishwasher, external ice maker, etc.) can go a long way toward preventing a flood.
- Washing machine hoses should be changed out every 5-7 years. Summertime means spending more hours outdoors. The result? More laundry! Before putting this extra strain on your washing machine, consider when the last time was that you had the hoses behind it changed out. If it’s been 5-7 years or if you don’t know, it is a good idea to have them changed out. Washing machine hoses tend to burst after 5-7 years depending on quality and the potential flood is simply not worth the risk.
- Pay special attention to what you put down the garbage disposal. Cookouts are great during summer! Grilled burgers and hot dogs is one of the best things to enjoy with family or friends. As you prepare your meal, be sure to check twice before you put food down the disposal. Despite the name, a garbage disposal is simply not designed to take any left over food you have. Never put stringy foods like potato peels down and stay away from instant “just add water” food products. If you are unsure of whether or not your food is okay to dump, the best rule of thumb is to simply empty your plate in the trash.
- Make sure you are prepared to unclog toilets. The messy truth is that you just may encounter more clogged toilets during summer than during any other time of the year. If you have children that will be home from school during summer vacation, it means more usage. Keep a plunger in each bathroom and teach your kids how to operate them. Everyone will be happier for it. If you want to really prevent clogs, call us out and let us evaluate the quality of your toilet for you. Simply put, some toilets don’t operate as well as others.
- Turn off your main water valve when you go on vacation. One of the best parts about summer is the trips to the beach! But when you leave to go out of town, don’t come back to a flooded home! For safety, be sure to turn off the main water valve to your house. If you can turn it off at your meter box or well house, that is even better. This will ensure that you won’t return home to a flood.