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Summer plumbing tips

Every summer when warm weather rolls around, it is the same time of year the amount of your water usage also rises. The reasons for the increased usages vary and include uses both inside and outside of the house. In fact, during the warmest part of the summer season, your family’s water usage can rise by 25 to 50 percent. Thankfully, there some great ways to tweak the amount of water you are using so you can lower your water bill. These great tips will help you live a little greener as you reduce your water usage during the summer season as well.

1. Prevent clogged drains from happening by avoiding the following unwise habits:

  • Dumping oils, fats, or grease down the kitchen drain; while running hot water following fats, oils, or grease is a good idea, it does not mean it will free your drain of any clogs you create.
  • Putting fibrous food matter in the disposal: This includes foods like lettuce, onion peels, and celery. The blades on the disposal are not meant to handle fibrous material. It will cause a clog.
  • Other drain clogging food matter down the drain:  Avoid putting coffee grounds, rice, potatoes, and pasta inside the garbage disposal.    
  • Inappropriate waste or an overabundance of waste in the disposal: Putting items like bones inside the disposal will make a lot of uncomfortable noise. Likewise, avoid putting way too much waste in the disposal all at one time.

2. Time Your Lawn Watering

Once the sun goes down in the evening and early in the morning well before high noon are the best times to water your lawn and/or plants. From noon to around 3pm, the temperature is hot enough where the sun might cause some of the water to evaporate.

3. Lower The Temperature On The Water Heater

This conserves energy if you are planning to go on vacation for a few days. In addition, keep an eye on how old your water tank is to ensure it continues to operate in the most cost efficient way. The unit will have a life span of eight to 11 years. If you are unsure of the actual date the unit was manufactured, somewhere on the tank there is a serial number that you can look at to find out: The last four digits display the year the tank was made.

4. Do An Inspection Of Your Sprinkler System

Look at the sprinkler(s) to see if there are broken heads or clogs and leaks within the irrigation system. Be careful about the positioning of your systems as well; in other words, it is a terrible waste to have sprinklers in the lawn that end up getting more water on the roads, driveways, and walkways.

5. Check Your Washing Machine Set Up

Check both the machine and hoses. Every three years, make it a practice to replace the rubber hose connecting the machine to the water supply.

6. Careful Tree Planting

If you put new trees in your yard in the late spring and early summer, make sure you put them in a place where they are less likely to allow their natural root system to discover your sewer line. If you think there is potential root intrusion in the pipes, you need a professional to help.

If these tasks seem complicated, or you just want a professional to take care of them for you. Call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing. Their courteous service professionals will be able to help you in these situations.

Give us a call today: 613 791 5777 for a free upfront estimate!