Summer Plumbing Tips to Keep in Mind

Summer is approaching, but don't go into full vacation mode just yet. As the seasons change, a host of other risks to your home may come to the forefront – particularly when it comes to your home's plumbing system. Ensure you're ready to protect your home's plumbing system all summer long.

Be Mindful of Usage Increases

During summer, backyard parties seem like a great idea, but they can put stress on your pipes. For example, consider a family of four. If they're having ten or more people over every weekend, this will have an impact on their plumbing system's load. When it comes to fixtures like the garbage disposal, drains, and toilets, this increased usage also increases wear and the risk of damage. For instance, the more often you use the sinks and toilets in your home, the sooner you will need to have the drains cleaned.

If you have an especially busy summer and you haven't had your drains cleaned in a while, it might be a good time to have this service performed. If you have a septic system, this increased usage is especially important as this can cause issues with the tank. Just make an effort to be mindful of the maintenance needs that will come along with increased usage.

Check Your Washing Machine Hoses

Just like you're more likely to have more people over during the summer, you probably also have children that are home during the summer. Between playing outside, swimming in the pool in the backyard and sporting activities, your children probably go through a lot of clothes in a single day. With more clothes to wash, this also means a greater load on your washing machine.

To prevent a flood and major damage, make sure you're taking the time to check the hoses in the back of the washing machine. All hoses have an expiration period and the more you use the machine, the more wear on the hoses and the faster the hose will reach this point. In addition to inspecting the hoses, make certain the machine is pulled a distance from the wall to ensure the hose isn't kinked, as this will only increase the risk of damage.

In addition to these tips, make sure you are being mindful of your plumbing system in every aspect, from the sprinklers in the backyard to the condition of the drain in the bathroom. Also talk to professionals like Moon Valley Plumbing about maintenance. The more effort you put into staying on top of these issues, the less chance of costly damage.