Summer Plumbing Guide

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People experience the highest water bills in the summer due to increase use of their plumbing systems. Without proper preparation, overuse of your plumbing system leads to frequent problems and repair needs. Learn some steps you can take to get your plumbing ready for summer.

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When preparing your home for summer, your plumbing system often does not come to mind. However, summer is the time of year many people have their highest water bills and see the most use of their plumbing systems. With an increase of guests visiting your home, the kids out of school, and everyone trying to beat the Utah heat, the summer is hard on your plumbing. In the summer, families increase their water usage by 25 to 50 percent! Here are a few pieces of advice to prepare your home’s plumbing for summer and help save you money!

Inspect your sprinkler system

Leaky sprinkler heads not only waste water, but will end up killing your grass too. When you turn your sprinkler system on again, be sure to open it slowly so you don’t flood the system all at once. Then, watch all zones individually and inspect each sprinkler head so you can identify any leaks. This is an important step because sometime your sprinklers can be leaking underground without you knowing! It’s also important to make sure your sprinklers aren’t pointed so they are accidentally spraying the foundation of your home, the pavement, or other plants that don’t require a much water.

When you put the drainpipe cleaner down your pipelines, the fluid starts a chain reaction that creates a lot of heat. This heat is what helps to clear your drainpipe; however, it also has damaging results on your pipelines. This heat will cause your PVC pipelines to soften and to crack gradually, which will certainly cause deterioration in your metal pipes.

You’ll encounter even worse situations if the drain cleaner is unable to clear the clog, this will leave chemical residue in your pipes likely causing more damage than they would have otherwise.

Check your dishwasher and washing machine

Chances are, you will be doing a lot of laundry and dishes this summer. The beginning of summer is the perfect time to check the connections of your dishwasher and washing machine to ensure the hoses are tight and properly attached. Making sure everything is correctly hooked up now will save you the stress, time and money of fixing it in the future!

When you put the drainpipe cleaner down your pipelines, the fluid starts a chain reaction that creates a lot of heat. This heat is what helps to clear your drainpipe; however, it also has damaging results on your pipelines. This heat will cause your PVC pipelines to soften and to crack gradually, which will certainly cause deterioration in your metal pipes.

You’ll encounter even worse situations if the drain cleaner is unable to clear the clog, this will leave chemical residue in your pipes likely causing more damage than they would have otherwise.

Keep your family informed

With the kids home and other guests in your home this summer – make sure your family doesn’t get into bad habits that could cause damage to your plumbing system. Here are some easy to remember rules to follow to help keep the following appliances running smoothly.

  • Garbage disposal – don’t put stringy foods like celery, corn husks, banana peels and other stringy foods down the disposal since they easily wind up around the blade, causing clogs. Also, never put hard foods like watermelon rinds, or grease down the disposal.
  • Toilet – don’t flush wipes, feminine hygiene products, q-tips, or paper towels down the toilet.
  • Shower – use the fan while showering to prevent mold growth and clean the drain monthly

If you run into other problems this summer or require plumbing assistance don’t hesitate to give T.J. Huggard a call! We are proudly serving our community and our team of experts is here to help you.

Contact us online or give us a call at 801.787.0373 to schedule an appointment today!

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