Summer is here, and with it comes thoughts of pool parties, outdoor entertaining, and sending the kids through the sprinkler. This season also brings endless laundry as the family is outdoors enjoying activities that bring with them a fair amount of dirt. Make sure your home is ready for all of this with a little bit of attention to plumbing maintenance. Here are some tips to help you get your home’s plumbing ready for summer—and if you live in Maryland, Washington, DC, or Virginia, contact James A. Wheat & Sons today!
Check the outdoor faucets for signs of wear, leaks, and other problems. Leaks from the faucet can add up to quite a bit of wasted water when you are running the hose, and the water dripping from the faucet isn’t helping cool your family or water your flowers. Also, make sure that all of the outdoor faucets are functional after the cold of winter. It’s not uncommon for some of them to break after a particularly harsh winter. When you turn on the sprinkler for the first time, check it for leaks and broken sprinkler heads, which are easy to overlook.
In the spring and summer, rainfall can enter the sewer pipes through cracks that developed over the winter. This can lead to backups in the sewer line, a common but frustrating problem. To avoid this problem, consider a professional inspection of your sewer line.
Summer and spring means cookouts and family gathering. Before you send the resulting “stuff” down the disposal, take a look at what it is. Banana peels, celery and other stringy foods can cause the disposal to clog. Grease, even grease that is still on pieces of meat, can also cause problems. If in doubt, use the garbage instead of the disposal during a cookout.
Nothing is quite as embarrassing as having friends over for an outdoor event, only to find that the water you need for your outdoor cooking or entertaining purposes isn’t going to work. Avoid this embarrassment by scheduling an annual maintenance inspection by a qualified plumbing professional. Contact James A. Wheat and Sons, proudly serving Montgomery County, MD and Northwest Washington, D.C., for a comprehensive plumbing check.