by Duane Blanton on July 24, 2015

5 Summer Plumbing Tips

Round Lake Plumbing Inspection ServicesIssues such as burst and frozen pipes may be a common problem during the winter, but that does not mean that homeowners can slack off when it comes to summer plumbing maintenance. Here is a closer look at five tips that all homeowners should keep in mind to protect their plumbing system during the warmest months of the year.

1. Take Care of Your Garbage Disposal

Outdoor cookouts and fresh produce will mean that your family needs to get proactive about protecting your garbage disposal. It is important to throw away or compost all food debris including peels, egg shells, and animal fat to avoid clogging the system or overheating the garbage disposal.

2. Alter Your Water Heater Settings

In order to cut back on energy consumption, homeowners should change the temperature settings on their water heater a few times a year. During the summer, setting this device at 120 degrees will provide your family with hot water while saving you some money on utility bills. If you haven’t replaced your water heater in the past decade, then it may be time to consider an upgrade.

3. Have Your Sewer Lines Professionally Inspected

When springtime hits your hometown, any foliage on your property is going to explode with growth. This means that there is a high likelihood that deeper roots will come into contact with the sewer line. These roots will also move toward leaking sewage lines and can further damage any cracks in the pipes.

4. Protect Your Washing Machine

Summer activities mean that your washing machine is going to struggle to keep up with the amount of dirty clothes being made. At the start of the season, most specialists suggest having a professional inspection of the washing machine and its hoses. Replacing cracked, bulging, or worn hoses will reduce the risk of a catastrophic breakdown when you need this appliance the most.

5. Be Careful When Mowing Your Lawn

One of the most common plumbing problems for homeowners is damaging irrigation lines and fixtures while mowing the lawn and doing other yard work. If you are unsure about the location of your sprinkler heads and irrigation lines, then it is a good idea to take some time and identify where they are. A cracked sprinkler head could result in hundreds of gallons of wasted water and huge repair bills.

Avoid the hassle of an untimely repair, call Duane Blanton Plumbing at (847) 855-0000 for an inspection in the Round Lake area! 

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