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Summer Plumbing Issues

Protect Your Plumbing Before Traveling This Summer

Between choosing the destination, finding flights, booking hotels, and creating itineraries, planning a vacation involves a pretty intensive checklist. One thing to tack on the end of your list? Preparing your home for your absence.
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No matter how long you’ll be gone, there are some steps you can take beforehand to protect your home and plumbing:

  • Visible Cues – Lights, the yard, locks – make sure all visible elements are prepared. A continually dark house, an overgrown lawn, and open windows can be a signal to a burglar that no one is home. Set some lights on timers, trim your lawn short, and make sure all windows and doors are shut and locked before you leave.
  • Water Heater – Don’t run up your home’s energy bill! Set your water heater’s temperature to “vacation mode.” This doesn’t turn it off completely but rather prevents it from using energy to heat the water while you’re away.
  • Toilets – In general toilets can collect bacteria, resulting in stains, let alone when you are out of the house and water inside is left stagnant. Before departure, clean your toilet by pouring half a cup of chlorine in the bowl (not tank). If gone for a long period of time, have your house sitter or trusted neighbor come by for a flush.
  • Plumbing – Check for leaks and anything out of the ordinary to get repaired. It’s also a good idea to turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. This saves you from unexpected pipe leaks and bursts and thus – a flooded home – while you’re away.

The last thing you’ll want to do is come home to a plumbing disaster. Let the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating give you a hand now, so you can spend your vacation without a worry in the world (other than which new restaurant to try!).

Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer rain (like we’re experiencing this week), friendly barbecues, and an influx of visitors all can have some unforeseen effects on your home’s pipes. Your plumbing system works hard in the summer and it’s important to be prepared to handle whatever issues may arise.

As we head into the last month of summer, keep these tips in mind so everything stays in top-top shape:

Check washing machine hoses – Warmer weather, more time spent outside, leads to more dirty laundry. Excess use of the washing machine can put a strain on its hoses. Look for any cracks or bulges that could result in a burst and replace them immediately.

Take care of your disposal – Many foods should NOT be put down the drain and can seriously damage your garbage disposal. Avoid tossing cornhusks into the disposal after a bbq, these can damage the blades.

Look for signs of sewer line breakage – Summer rain is pretty common, and while all of that extra water may be good for your lawn – it can quickly lead to problems for your plumbing. Rain water can infiltrate a home’s sewer line and cause a backup, not to mention rain causes the growth of plants. Tree roots are notorious for breaking into a sewer line. Check around for standing water on your property – this may be your first warning sign.

Following these tips will keep your home’s plumbing system running smoothly this summer. If you do run into a problem, don’t hesitate to contact Patterson Plumbing and Heating at (719) 544-4922. Like us on Facebook for even more plumbing tips.

Get Your Plumbing Ready for Summer

It’s important to get your plumbing system ready for each new season, and up next: summer. By taking action now, you can work to avoid potential problems with your plumbing and sewer systems.

Be sure to keep these things in mind for the upcoming season:

  1. Bulging Pipes and Hoses – Check over all pipes for leaks or bulges. You may end up using more water in warmer weather for laundry (think all the outdoor activities, vacations, camps, etc) and will want to check your washing machine hoses for leaks.
  2. Garbage Disposal Care – Summertime is perfect for bringing out the BBQs for gatherings, but keep in mind most disposals aren’t equipped to handle corn husks and other heavy in fiber foods. Be sure to avoid throwing these down the disposal and flush it frequently with water to prevent clogs.
  3. Sewer Lines and Septic Systems – In the event of excessive rain fall, rainwater can flood sewer lines since it often carries large amounts of debris. Tree and root growth can also easily cause issues that may be hard to identify right away.

Before summer really hits make sure you to give your plumbing system a full review, and to help you do that – give one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call: 719-544-4922. A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.