You may not realize it, but your home's plumbing really gets put to the test during the summer months. Whether it is the washing machine or the swimming pool, water-using appliances and items will be used more frequently during these few months than the rest of the year. So, to ensure your summer is not ruined by you failing to keep track of your plumbing, here's what you need to know:
Keep an Eye on Your Washing Machine.
Since it's summer, it means that the kids are out of school. It also means that they'll have friends over. You may have family visiting or you may have your own friends over. Whatever the case may be, it all boils down to the same thing: that there will be more people at your home. What this means is that there is going to be more water being used and more usage of the washing machine. Since it will be used on a more regular basis, it is imperative that you keep a close eye on the hoses and other components for bulges, cracks and leaks, which may occur due to the over-use.
Don't Put the Wrong Food in the Disposal.
Because you probably won't want to heat up the house any more than you have to, you will likely be cooking outside more frequently. But you will want to make sure that you throw most of the leftovers in the trash and not the garbage disposal. While you may do it by accident, cornhusks, banana peelings and rib bones can cause a lot of damage to the garbage disposal and the overall plumbing pipes connected to it, so make sure these things go into the garbage can to avoid an unnecessary emergency call to a plumbing professional.
Use Your Dishwasher More.
No one wants a sky-high water bill in the summer. Since you're bill is already going to be higher from filling up the swimming pool (if you have one), you are going to want to save wherever you can. So, you need to look to your dishwasher. Research shows that today's ENERGY STAR-certified dishwashers are much more efficient than hand-washing dishes because you will save close to 5,000 gallons of water annually (and use 50 percent less energy). So, make sure you have the right dishwasher and keep an eye on its hoses and components just like the washing machine to catch cracks and leaks early on before major damage occurs. Contact a business, such as R.A. Chance Plumbing, if you need help with your plumbing system.