It’s summertime and the kids are home. While that can be great fun, it’s also a time when there’s a greater strain on your home’s plumbing. There are a number of plumbing issues that can arise during the summer, so read on for tips on how to deal with summer plumbing problems.
- Roots in the pipes. Although this can happen anytime, you are more likely to get clogged pipes from roots in warmer weather and when it’s raining. So expect to have to call a plumber to enter the pipes with professional equipment to clear roots at least once a year.
- Clogged garbage disposal. You can’t keep your eyes on the kids every minute, so there’s no telling what they will try to cram down the garbage disposal while you’re at work. Warn them to not dispose of starchy foods that can form a sticky, clogging paste, such as pasta salad, or fibrous items such as peels from potatoes and bananas, or celery, as well as corn cobs. Try to explain how they should turn on the disposal for at least 20 seconds each time they use it, running cold water while the motor is running.
- Clogged toilet. With more traffic in your home as kids have their friends over, you’re likely to experience a greater frequency of clogged toilets. Try using a septic-safe type of toilet paper that dissolves easily. Explain to the kids how they shouldn’t cram the toilet with paper with each flush, and how they should avoid flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet — that means no feminine products, paper towels, newspaper or other types of paper. Teach the family how to plunge the toilet properly in the event of a clog.
- Leaking faucets. Faucets wear out and have to be replaced over time, particularly in the summer when you’re watering the yard more often. If yours leaks, call a plumber to get it fixed right away.
To learn more about summer plumbing problems, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve Monmouth County and the surrounding area.
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