Summer Plumbing Problems
School is out for summer! Pool time, grilling out, catching lightning bugs and evenings on the deck with neighbors all sound amazing. And they are! But summer also can bring some common plumbing problems.
When it’s warm out, people tend to spend more time outdoors. Evening walks or bike rides, throwing ball in the yard with your kids, swimming and sweaty pits can all cause a mountain of laundry to accumulate. Your washer will be working overtime just trying to keep up. Check your washer hoses to make sure they are properly connected or replace them if they look like they are on their last leg. The last thing you want is a house full of water from a leaky or busted hose.
Rise and Grind
Summertime brings backyard grilling and fresh fruits and vegetables. Everybody loves those, right? Everybody, but not everything. Your garbage disposal isn’t made for that kind of bump and grind. Cornhusks, melon rinds, carrots, asparagus and meat grease are just some of the things that should not be put down your drain. Give your disposal a break and dispose of such items properly.
Potty All Day
Summer brings more people around. Between your kids and their friends traipsing through your house to empty your fridge and pantry, your toilet is getting a workout. More people around, means more bums on your throne causing backed up toilets and possible overflows. Yuck! Also, make sure you don’t have a toilet that runs because not everyone knows just how to jiggle that handle, leaving toilets running for hours.
With temperatures rising, everyone gets a little sweaty. Being a Sweaty Betty means more showers. Between the laundry and showers, your water heater is working overtime! Make sure your water heater is in good working order. Has it been flushed? Do you have an expansion tank? How old is that thing? Is it on its last legs?
Don’t Wait, Hydrate
When it is hot, we need water. We need to drink it, use it for laundry, bathing and cleaning the muddy footprints tracked across your floors. In Indiana, we have hard water. That water is doing a number on your pipes, appliances and fixtures. Kick that water scale and those spotty dishes to the curb and install a new water softener in your home.
Waste Not …
Water usage is in high demand. From mounds of laundry and extra showers to watering the new landscaping, your utility bills are on the rise. Make sure you find ways in your house to watch how much water and energy you use. Updated shower fixtures can help regulate the pressure and flow. Replace that old water heater that is taking way too long to heat up water. Replace that toilet from 1993 with a high-efficiency model and you can cut the toilets water usage by up to 60%—that’s about 4,000 gallons of water a year per person.
We can’t promise that the neighbor kid won’t clog your toilet or your kids won’t go through three outfits a day, but Godby can help you with all of your plumbing needs. Call or text Godby today to schedule an appointment. And remember, for all of your heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical needs, It’s Gotta be Godby!