Now that winter months are finally behind us, frozen pipes are a thing of the past. However, warm weather brings its own problems, and it’s important to know how to prevent them. From clogged toilets to flooded basements, there’s a lot you can do to keep your home plumbing running smoothly. Here are a few tips to avoid summer plumbing problems from the experts at Action Plumbing:
Be Careful with What You Flush
A problem free toilet is the key to keeping things on track, but now that summer’s here, there’s a lot more people home during the day and even during the night since many extra-curricular activities may be on hold. The more kids you have in the house, the more chance there is for something to clog up your toilet.
Talk to your kids about why it’s important to avoid toilet clogs. Tell them about the clean up expense and how toilet overflows can easily spread bacteria. And most importantly, let them know that there are certain items that should never be flushed, like paper towels and baby wipes.
Avoid Tree Roots
There’s a good reason experts recommend that trees or plants with a strong root system be planted a safe distance away from your home’s foundation. Even the slightest leak in your sewer line give roots an opportunity to find the water they so desperately crave, and the room to grow and block up pipes.
If you have very slow drains, or your toilet is backing up into your shower or bathtub, chances are a tree or plant root may be causing a blockage in your sewer line.
Replace Washing Machine Hoses
Inspect your washing machine hoses for leaks, cracks, or bulges. Remember, now that your family is spending more time at home, you likely have more laundry to do, which adds extra stress on both you and your washing machine!
A normal washing machine lasts only about 5 years, so replacing your hoses regularly could be the most important thing you do to prevent a flooded basement. Be on the lookout for leaks behind your machine and always make sure that the connection to your water supply pipes is snug.
If you have any additional tips to avoid summer plumbing problems, feel free to leave your ideas in the comments below!