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5 Summer Plumbing Tips

Summer is supposed to be filled with fun and laughter, but experiencing a plumbing problem in the hot season can certainly put a damper on things.

If you fear that your plumbing system may cause you problems in the summer, consider the following tips for your summer plumbing:

Check the Toilet

Whether you have children home from school in the summer or just entertain a lot more in the summer months, your toilet is going to see a lot more use.

Be sure that children are not using too much toilet paper as this is the cause of a clogged toilet.

Also, make sure you have your plunger handy for any small clogs, but be sure to call in a professional if the plunger is not working to unclog your toilet.

Garbage Disposal

Chances are that you will be cooking more in the summertime, especially with more fresh fruits and vegetables. However, the hard rind of certain fruits, such as watermelon, and the hardness of certain vegetables, like corn, can actually hurt the blades at your disposal.

Therefore, be sure that you are careful on what goes down it and make sure to rinse it well with water after each use as this will reduce the amount of residue built up in it.

Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system will keep your lawn looking lush in the hot summer months, but there are some things you will want to do to make sure it is working properly.

Before you start up your system, clean the heads on the sprinklers to make sure there is no blockage. Along with this, mowing your lawn could turn into a major headache if you do not lower the sprinkler heads before you begin.

Sump Pump

A sump pump is a necessity for those with basements in areas that tend to get heavy summer storms.

If your sump pump also handles your washing machine drainage, you should have the sump pump screen cleaned at least once a month. If not, having it cleaned once every few months is adequate.

Water Lines

As your system is probably going to use more water during the summer months, it is important to carefully inspect all your water lines, including the drainage lines, for leaks.

One small leak can quickly take the fun out of your whole summer if you do not discover it quickly.

Looking for more insight on summer plumbing tips for your Austin home? Call S & D Plumbing today, and see what works for you!

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