Summer can present some unique challenges for your house's plumbing system that don't occur as often or at all during other times of the year. If you want to keep your plumbing system in top shape well past Labor Day, here are some tips that might help.
Get Your Sewer Line Inspected If You Have Trees in Your Yard
Summer is the season where trees, bushes, and all other plants in your yard can really start to expand or grow. If you have trees located anywhere near your sewer line, you need to get this area of your yard inspected at the start of every summer. If you have a tree that has grown so much that its roots are now getting dangerously close to your sewer line, you are going to have to take care of this problem ASAP.
Install Strainers/Drain Protectors In Your Bathtub and Shower
With the whole family going outdoors a lot to play and enjoy the warm weather, it's likely you will be showering or bathing much more frequently during the summer than during any other season. If this is the case, you might have an issue with body hair building up in the drain and causing a clog. You can get ahead of this problem by installing a strainer or drain protector over every bathroom drain you have so that any solid objects get caught before they can start any trouble.
Go Easy on the Washing Machine
Summer is also the season where your piles of laundry can really start getting out of control. If you feel like the laundry will never end, your washing machine probably feels the same way. Inspect the machine, especially the hoses, for any signs of wear and tear and get replacement parts if needed. If your sewage system uses a septic tank, you'll also want to make sure that you space out your laundry (and your shower time for that matter) to make sure you don't overload the system with too much water at once and cause a backup.
Summer is a fun time for the entire family but it can also wreak havoc on your plumbing system if you are not careful. If you want to play it safe, contact a local plumbing expert and have him or her come out to your home for a full inspection of your pipes, drains, and sewer line at the start of the season.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.