The toasty summer season is just around the corner, which means higher indoor and outdoor water use. But what can a homeowner do to ensure a happy, disaster-free summer as far as plumbing is concerned? Plenty! Here are a few summertime maintenance tips to avoid problems with residential plumbing in Altoona, PA:
- Inspect sprinkler systems: It’s not just your lawn and garden that’s baking in the heat of the sun all day—your watering system is also at the mercy of hot weather. Above-ground sprinkler systems and drip-line pipes may begin to crack due to age or dry air, while sprinkler heads get broken off by lawn mowers and in-ground systems damaged by animals or plant roots. Regular inspections and making repairs can prevent leaks.
- Get ahead of clogged toilets: Your home’s toilets are in overdrive when kids are on summer break from school. To lessen the chances of a toilet clog, teach children to use the proper amount of toilet paper, as well as to not attempt re-flushing should blockage occur with the first flush. Is hosting summer gatherings your thing? As a general request to avoid clogs—especially if you have a finicky toilet—consider leaving a discreet note in the bathroom for guests to not flush anything down but toilet paper, and not too much of that.
- Check washing machine hoses: Without a doubt, you will likely use your washing machine quite a bit this summer. From extra sweaty and dirty yard work clothes to the kids’ outside play clothes, the washer could see action everyday. Perform a thorough maintenance check of your washer’s hoses—the hose where water flows in from the home’s plumbing, and the hose that sends dirty water out.
- Do research before planting: You may have seen television commercials with a message from your local gas company to call them before planting trees on your property. This is because they want to keep lines from getting damaged by shovels. The same goes for the pipes that make up residential plumbing in Altoona, PA. First, you want to keep from busting open water lines with your shovel. Another thing to do is to find out if the trees you want to plant have invasive root systems, which can break plumbing pipes nearby or leading to your house, destroy sprinkler systems and even get twisted up inside piping.
- Maintain the garbage disposal: Enjoy summer cookouts even more when food waste is disposed of properly—that is, in a garbage bag. Contrary to its name, garbage disposals are not built for disposing garbage. Sure, it can grind up and wash away small particles of most foods, but toss down chunks of barbecue meat, bones, fat, fruit pits and rinds and several portions of uneaten pasta salad and you could end up having to call a plumber to unclog your kitchen’s pipes or repair the disposal.
If you find yourself in a piping pickle this summer, contact the team at Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. We can help maintain and repair all sorts of residential plumbing in Altoona, PA.