Tips on Keeping Your Plumbing System Running Smoothly This Summer

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How to Prevent Summertime Fun Leading to Plumbing Issues!

No one wants to think about plumbing issues when they are having backyard parties, enjoying the heat of the summer, or laying on the beach relaxing.  But truth is, our summertime fun, can lead to very costly plumbing fixes.  Here are what to look for and ways to prevent issues from arising. 

GARBAGE DISPOSALS

With backyard parties, come extra people and food in your house.  Often times this leads to more food and other items finding their way down the garbage disposal which can cause malfunctioning disposals or clogs in the drains. To help avoid these issues, prevent large bones, clam and oyster shells, coffee grounds, aluminum foil, bottle caps, glass, and other hard materials from going into your disposal. 

WASHING MACHINE HOSE LEAKS

With the kids at home and beach season in full swing, your washing machine will be used more than normal.  The extra loads and excessive sand in the washer can cause parts to wear quicker.  The biggest concern is the washing machine hose, as it can start leaking, causing costly water damage to your house.  In order to prevent a flood in your house, check the hoses at the back of the machine for any possible leaks and replace any hose that is more than 5 years old. While replacing a hose, consider using braided stainless-steel hoses as they will last longer and are more durable.

CLOGGED TOILETS

Your worst nightmare may come true during the summer since kids are home during the day, friends and family visit more and you tend to have backyard parties more often. Clogged toilets are everyone’s least favorite plumbing issue. Keeping a plunger handy for minor clogs is recommended but if you have an issue that is not resolved, contact a professional plumber to help resolve a clogged toilet.

HOT WATER HEATERS

Hot water demand increases during the summer and so does the risk of having an issue with your unit.  Summer normally brings about an increase in the need for hot water due to summertime activities leading to more showers, and more people in your house due to family, friends visiting.  Visually inspect your water heater for leaks, if your water heater is over 6 years old, it is more than likely out of warranty.  Do not wait until you are mid-shower to realize there is an issue with your water heater, have a plumbing professional inspect your unit prior to the busy summer months.

Enjoy your Summer with Friends and Family 

Summertime is a great time to spend time with friends and family, if you have a garbage disposal issue, need a washing machine hose replaced, have issues with your toilets, or need a hot water heater inspection, Dependable Service Plumbing & Air is here for you.  We can send our Professional, Licensed Plumbing Technicians to solve any issue you may have. Connect with us online now or call 843-627-2337.    

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