Summer is mostly associated with being outdoors, but did you know your plumbing system is used much more during the warmer months? More activity means more clothes to wash, more dishes to clean, and more greenery and plant life to water. In addition to more showers, filling pools can add more strain on your home plumbing.
Don’t neglect your plumbing this summer. These five summer plumbing tips will help keep it running smoothly throughout the season and help recognize when preventative action or repairs are needed.
1. Look for Leaks
Winter may still have left an impact on your plumbing system. It’s easier now to look for leaks before it gets cold again. Check faucets, shower heads, toilets, pipes under the sink, and around your hot water heater as well as sprinklers, the pool, and drinking water line. Sometimes moisture isn’t as easy to find, so use a flashlight to inspect under cabinets and in dark areas, and reach into tight corners or use a towel or tissue. Also, look for signs of rust, corrosion, and damage such as bent or broken parts.
2. Garbage Disposal
With barbecues, cookouts, and meals at home during these challenging times, your kitchen garbage disposal is probably getting lots of use. Food items, grease, and other cooking byproducts can cause clogs, so be careful not to put corn husks, vegetables, and other tough or stringy foods down there. Examples of food to avoid putting in the garbage disposal include banana peels, carrots, celery, and meat fat, which can build up in the drain or pipe.
3. Washing Machine
The washing machine often gets more use in the summer as there’s more outdoor activity and the kids are home. Load after load of laundry can take a toll. One area that can see extra stress is the washing machine hoses. Check each hose for leaks, cracks, or bulges. If possible, move the washer away from the wall to reduce the risk of hose kinking. Washing machine hoses should be changed every three years; if you have an older rubber hose, consider a more durable stainless-steel one. Also, remember to remove dryer lint to avoid blockages and excess strain.
4. Sprinkler System
Sprinkler system leaks aren’t always easy to find because they can be underground. Check that each sprinkler head is working properly. If not, then there may be a leak. Even a small leak can waste enough water to cause your utility bill to spike. You can also conserve water by watering the lawn in the early morning or evening, when it’s cooler and there’s less sunlight to speed up evaporation. Watch the pressure and direction of the heads; water should be reaching grass in the right amounts and not running towards your home’s foundation.
5. Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be caused by many different problems. The pressure should be consistent. Your water fixtures put in more work during the summer, so it’s important to check for potential issues. Household water pressure, measured in pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) should be about 40 to 45 PSI. High pressure, exceeding 60 PSI, can be dangerous for your plumbing system. A store-bought gauge can provide an exact reading. If there’s an issue, call your local plumber; they can adjust or replace your water pressure regulator.
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