As with all seasons, when the weather changes, it’s important to spend a little time making adjustments to your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as your plumbing components to ensure optimal use and look for signs of wear and tear. Here is a list of plumbing tips and general home tips for warm weather:
- More outdoor fun means more dirty clothes. Be sure to check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks and be sure to remove drier lint regularly. Also, move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and never leave your home while the washer is running. Remember--washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
- In humid weather, your ductwork may sweat and condensate. This can cause a back up if the drains are not clear. Leaks in the seams can also cause condensation. If you have an attic installation, be sure there is no water in the drain pan. If there is water, call for help as it could save your ceiling.
- Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your cookout. Most are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are fats or cooking oils because they form clots in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain—they'll create an instant clog when you add water.
- One of the best home tips for saving money and energy while on your vacation is to turn down the temperature of your water heater and turn up the temperature of your refrigerator. Of course, you should remove highly perishable foods, like dairy, produce and meat first.
- Sewer line backups are common in the summer months due to rainwater entering sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Have a plumber inspect your sewer line pipes to let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer line backup problem or if damage has already occurred. In either situation, your plumber will be able to help you determine the best treatment option for proper drain cleaning.
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