We know that the winter season, with its frozen pipes, is when most plumbing issues occur. However, the warmer weather can also bring along its own plumbing ordeals to your home. With homeowners gearing up for backyard barbecues, afternoon parties, and other fun in the sun with your guests and the kids, your plumbing may begin to suffer under all the extra wear and tear. The following tips from Royal Flush Plumbing will help you prepare your home to avoid common summer-time plumbing problems.
Clogged Garbage Disposal
With all the barbecues going on and guests running around the house, your garbage disposal will be getting a lot of use. Luckily, garbage disposal clogs are preventable. Avoid flushing peels, coffee grounds, greases, and oils down the disposal. If your garbage disposal does start to develop a clog, flush it with vinegar and boiling water. If that doesn’t work contact Royal Flush Plumbing immediately.
Sewer Line Backup
As the air heats up excessive summer rain can get into sewer pipes through cracks and cause the sewer line to back up. You might also experience trouble if tree roots spread underground and crack the pipes. Servicing your sewers before the summer can help you avoid the worst of the problems, as well as installing a drain plug in each drain to prevent water from backing up during storms. If you experience any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call Royal Flush right away.
Sprinkler heads for automatic sprinkler systems tend to break over time. Broken sprinkler heads can waste water and cause your grass to die. If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before the season begins. If you have lowered sprinkler heads, be careful while mowing the lawn!
Household toilets are used more regularly in the summer, thanks to the kids using the bathroom during the day. Teach your kids to use a modest amount of toilet paper and to flush only after they actually use the bathroom. Common clogs are fairly simple to clear with a plunger, but if you need additional help, call in Royal Flush Plumbing.
Washing Machine Leakages
All the summer activities can also put a strain on your washing machine. Heavy loads seem to be normal in summer, which can lead to blockages and overflows. It’s wise to stick to small loads to avoid problems. Regularly check the hoses from your machine for leakages or kinks and consider moving your washing machine out from the wall a little to reduce the risk of overheating. If a problem does happen, stop the cycle immediately and contact Royal Flush Plumbing.