Summer’s here and that means the average household will see a 20-50% increase in water usage. Yikes! Luckily, we’re here to help with these plumbing tips for Summer.
While we can’t take away your extra loads of laundry from trips to the beach, pool or lake, we can offer you these tips to help decrease the risk of something going wrong with your plumbing and water-using appliances.
Washing Machine Tips
The added loads of summertime laundry can take it’s toll on your washing machine. Make sure your washer is in tip-top shape. Check for leaks at hoses and fittings and make sure that your load is balanced and spinning properly. And remember not to run the washing machine when you’re not home.
Water Heater Tips
Your water heater is a loyal servant! Did you know that it not only makes sure you have hot water when you decide it’s time to shower, but it keeps the water at the temperature you’ve set it for, 24/7? Turning it down a few degrees will help it run more efficiently and will help with water and energy costs.
Sprinkler Maintenance Tips
If you have pop-up sprinklers in your yard, check that they fully extend and retract. Clean the heads and check their aim. You want to keep your grass from being too dry, not water the driveway. To avoid pop-up sprinkler being tripped over or broken off by the mower, do a quick walk through first to be sure none of your sprinklers are still extended.
Kitchen Disposal Tips
Summertime entertaining means more work for your in-sink disposal. Keep it running properly by running cool water during use and for a few seconds afterward. Never put grease, husks or hard rinds down your disposal. These can damage the blades and create stubborn clogs.
Fletcher’s Plumbing & Contracting, Inc. is available 24/7 for any summer plumbing needs. Call us at (530) 673-2489 or visit us on the web at fletchersplumbing.net