The transition to spring and summer is amazing, but it’s also the time to take action to avoid potential problems with your plumbing and drain systems. Here are some tips from Ray Plumbing to get your home in shape for warm weather along with saving energy and money.
More outdoor fun means more dirty clothes. Be sure to check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks and be sure to remove drier lint regularly. Also, move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and never leave your home while the washer is running. Please note that washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
In humid weather, your duct work may sweat and make condensate. This can cause a backup if the drains are not clear. Leaks in the seams can also cause condensation. If you have an upper floor installation, make sure there is no water in the drain pan. If there is water, call for help as it could save your ceiling.
Be careful what you put down in your kitchen disposal after your cookout. Most are not equipped to handle corn husks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are fats or cooking oils because they form clots in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain, they’ll create an instant clog when you add water.
Sewer line backups are common this time of year, Spring & Summer, due to summer rainwater entering sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Have a plumber inspect your sewer line pipes to let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer line backup problem or if damage has already happened. In either situation, your plumber will be able to help you determine the best treatment option for proper drain cleaning.