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.