The change of season affects how we use the plumbing season. And summer being a break for many people, we often host many visitors. As such, the water system experiences wear and tear faster than any other season. Also, it’s the time when kids are back from school and the household is full. To ensure nothing ruins your summer break, especially plumbing issues, here are common issues and how to avoid them:
Sink Disposal Clogging
When you have company or high traffic at home, more food will get dumped through the sink disposal system. And that’s because you’ll probably cook a lot of food to accommodate your guests. This excessive use of sink disposal at that moment when handling food waste may lead to clogging.
Luckily, you can prevent this. Just list down what can be down the disposal sink and what cannot. Also, if the food leftovers are a lot, you can use a compost heap to dump them. Meanwhile, avoid dumping oil and grease through the sink drainage as it can cause blockage.
This is another common area in the house where plumbing issues tend to pop up during summer. With higher traffic in the bathroom, the drainage system can easily get overwhelmed. Therefore, it’s a good time to remind everyone using the bathroom about paper towel etiquette.
Additionally, discourage flushing any other things besides organic waste and paper towels down the toilet. While this can be a potential solution, there are moments when professional help can be handy.
Sprinklers help water your lawn and garden keeping it in great shape during summer. However, they can lead to higher water bills when there’s a leakage in the system. Therefore, start by inspecting the sprinkler system this summer before putting them to work. And even so, the inspection must go on throughout the summer since a leak may occur at any time.
The Outdoor Tap is Leaking
When there’s a leak in outdoor taps, the impact can be felt throughout your house. The common sign is a drop in water pressure. Also, the debris from the garden may seep through the opening contaminating the water. In a worst-case scenario, the leaking tap can severely damage the house foundation. Therefore, if the outdoor tap is leaking, discover the source or call a professional to handle the situation.
Washing Machine Leakages
It’s not just the toilet and sinks that experience high traffic during summer, the washing machine suffers the same fate. Therefore, summer is a great time to keep an eye on your washing machine. You can begin with an inspection to ensure it’s working well. For starters, you can inspect the hoses and fittings, because that is where leakages begin.
If there are signs of leakages, call a plumber to fix them. The earlier you resolve the issue, the fewer charges you’ll have on your water bill. You can also encourage your household to work with small loads and minimize the chances of a breakdown or leakage problems. Lastly, if you don’t trust your judgment during the inspection, hiring professional plumbers can help.
Unfortunately, plumbing issues don’t send notifications in advance, they just happen. Therefore, they can get you unaware. While the above signs can help you identify some, some issues may be unnoticeable. Luckily, you can contact Flamingo Plumbing and Backflow in Florida anytime for a quick fix. They are at your disposal including when there’s an emergency plumbing problem.