5 Plumbing Tips You Need to Know This Summer
Posted on July 18th, 2016 by BlueMountain
Plumbing problems can happen, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And while summer plumbing complications might be different than what you encounter during the cooler months of the year, the solution remains the same: know what to do in an emergency and how to prevent incidents from occurring.
Sand and drains
Showering after a day at the beach can get messy. What often happens is that all that sand you wash away gets backed up into your drain, causing a clog. Before you get into a situation that is beyond your control, make sure you shake off any access outside, whether it be on your clothes, on your skin, or in your hair.
Water supply and vacation
When you have a planned summer vacation, you should know where your main shut off valve is located. By turning off the water in your home, you can save money and prevent the possibility of flooding.
Sprinkler systems and drainage
Summer showers can cause soggy areas, killing grass or encouraging fungus to grow in unwanted areas of your yard. That’s why it’s important that your drains are working properly. However, during a drought, last thing you want is a dry, yellow lawn. So make sure your sprinkler irrigation system and valves are working properly too. Call your local plumber if you notice any drastic impacts to your landscape.
Garbage disposal and cookouts
Whether you’re whipping up a delicious seafood dish or cooking steak on the outdoor grill, be careful about what you pour down the garbage disposal. Remember: your garbage disposal is not a trash bin, so there are certain ingredients that you’ll want to avoid tossing away. For example, oil, dairy products, and potato peels – all things you’ll be better off putting in a ziplock and tossing away. As always, your garbage disposal should be handled with care, which means not putting anything down there that could lead to a drain problem.
Washing machine and more dirty clothes
Kids are home for summer, which means more time to play outside! You know what this also means – more dirty laundry. Since you’ll be cleaning up those dirt and mustard-stained whites more often, it’s important to know how you can save the water you use per load. Older machine machine models use 40 gallons of water while newer standard models use only 27 gallons. Regardless, you can be more energy efficient by washing full loads only.
For any and all of your summer plumbing problems, Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can fix the problem in no time. If you encounter any of these common plumbing problems in your home, pick up the phone and call 877-280-5777. Our professionals are more than ready to lend a helping hand!