Your plumbing needs to be “ready for summer”. As foolish as this sounds, stop and think about what occurs during warmer weather. You might be using less water for dishes but you are probably using more water for laundry. In addition, you are more than likely noticing condensation building up on the outside of your pipes. Here are some of the things you should be aware of this summer:
Bulging Pipes and hoses – check all of your plumbing for bulges and leaks. Chances are that you are using more water (not less) in warmer weather. You may want to check your washing machine hoses to make sure that they do not leak and wind up all over your basement floor.
Garbage disposal care – summer means more meals on the grill and finger foods. Oftentimes, family members forget what should and should not be placed in the disposal. Corn husks, foods that are heavy in fiber such as celery can cause all kinds of problems. Avoid these types of foods and also anything that only requires water such as instant potatoes. Flush your disposal frequently with large amounts of water to prevent clogging.
Sewer lines and septic systems – spring rains help keep our plants looking great but can raise havoc on your septic system and sewer lines. Excess rainwater can flood sewer lines since it often carries large amounts of debris. Tree and root growth can also cause a number of problems that often are not easily identified such as cracks.
Before the summer is fully underway, make sure that you have a full review of your plumbing system. Taking the time to do that today can save you hundreds of dollars later. Downey Plumbing has been serving the area for more than 50 years. Let us help make sure that your plumbing system is ready for summer.