Seasonal plumbing issues reach far beyond clogged toilets at Thanksgiving and frozen pipes during an ice storm. Just as many things can go wrong in the summer, but with the added stress of some of them occuring while you're out on the beach and won't be home to discover them for another 3 days.
To help keep your Summer as carefree as it should be, we've made you a quick plumbing checklist to help you and your family prevent disasters before they strike:
Your Official Summer Plumbing Checklist
- Toilets: Since the kids are out of school and spending a lot more time at home your toilet gets a little more of a workout, and all of that extra use means an increased chance of a clog. To keep clogs at bay, be sure everyone in your family knows not to overuse toilet paper, and that everyone knows what is and what isn't flushable.
- Drains and Sewers: Have your home's sewer line inspected for clogs or cracks that are fist signs of bigger problems to come, and have these minor issues repaired before things get out of control. This needs to be done by a professional plumber with the proper inspection equipment and tools for the potentially dangerous job.
- Sprinklers: To keep your lawn beautiful, you have to keep your sprinklers working. Before using your sprinklers, check to make sure all heads are clear of debris and never mow the lawn while your sprinkler heads are up. If you don't have a sprinkler system and instead use a sprinkler attached to your garden hose, be sure to disconnect the hose and move it out of the way before mowing.
- Outside Flooding: Keep your lawn from turning into a lake by making sure all of your downspouts are clear, drain as far away from your home as possible, and are facing away from your foundation.
- Water Heaters: Turn the thermostat on your water heater down a few degrees to both save some money and prevent any unnecessary wear and tear.
- Washing Machines: Not only should you check on your washing machine because of the increased workload thanks to sandy towels and muddy clothes, but you also need to check your washing machine supply hose before going on vacation to guarantee you won't come home to a flood.
- Garbage Disposals: Much like with the toilet, be sure your family knows how to properly use the garbage disposal and that everyone is familiar with the long list of items that are NOT okay to put down the disposal.
If you find any problems during your summer plumbing checkup, we'd love to help you get everything back in proper working order! Just give us a call at (864) 242-5511 or click the banner below to schedule service online! You can also sign up for our Diamond Club to be sure your plumbing is getting regular check ups, and that little problems are caught before they turn into big ones.
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