Summer will soon be here, so you can take a break from the stress of the long winter with its frozen pipes and heating bills, right? Not so fast! Summer brings along its own set of plumbing hassles. But with these awesome summer plumbing tips, you can rest assured that you’re doing the best for your home and your environment.
Summer Also Places Strain on Your Plumbing System
You may think that since winter is over, you don’t have to worry about your plumbing system anymore. However, it is important to perform regular plumbing maintenance and to ensure that you check your home’s plumbing once a month for any irregularities.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 1: During summer, you will enjoy more outdoor fun, which means that you will have more clothing to wash. Using your washing machine more often can cause wear and tear and lead to leaks and cracks in your pipes. A bulge on the hose can result in flooding and damage. Check hoses for bulges and remove lint from your dryer regularly, as this will help your dryer to consume less energy.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 2: Snow melting can cause cracks to be expose, causing leaks and possible flooding during spring. In winter, when water leaks from cracks, it freezes quickly, especially in during cold snaps. This means that you don’t notice it until the snow starts to melt. Look for wet spots on your ceilings, against walls, or on the lawn.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 3: Modern, energy-efficient dishwashers can use up to 37% less water than it would take to do your dishes by hand. So take a load off – literally – and wash your dishes in the machine. Not only is it better for the environment to let your dishes air dry, but you get to use that time more productively, too.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 4: Install a backwater valve. Heavy summer rainfall can overload sewers, which can lead to sewer line backups. Few things are worse than sewage seeping into your basement. But this can be avoided by installing a backwater valve. Additionally, call Anta Plumbers to do a video sewer line inspection. If there’s tree root damage or clogs, we will determine the best remedy to clear your drains and enable optimal flow.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 5: Routine swimming pool maintenance is crucial a few weeks before the warm summer days. The pool is generally neglected during winter, so your tubing, pumps, drains and lines need to be inspected.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 6: Call your plumber for sump pump maintenance before the first heavy rains of summer blow your way. The last thing you want is a flooded basement.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 7: Keep your garden and lawn watered during the scorching summer months by speaking to your plumber about the best ways to capture rainwater and greywater. Even if it does take a small investment, it will pay for itself in next to no time.
Summer Plumbing Tip # 8: Get up on the roof and check your gutters and downspouts to ensure that there are no blockages. Also speak to your plumber about diverting the water away from your home to avoid flooding and foundation damage.
When it comes to summer plumbing, there’s a lot you can do to safeguard your home and save water at the same time. Speak to Anta Plumbers for solutions that are specifically tailored to your needs.