Your plumbing system is an important part of your house, yet it's easy for the entire system to go overlooked right up until the moment that something goes wrong. If you want your plumbing system to make it through the summer months without issue, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
Failing to Check Up on Your Sump Pump
Some parts of the country get more rain than others, but regardless, you should make sure your sump pump is ready for summer thunderstorms in order to avoid a major problem like a flood in your home. You can check up on your sump pump by pouring water directly into the area and waiting to see if it will kick on. If the water is not taken care of in a timely fashion, you'll want to contact a local plumbing contractor and get the issue taken care of before an actual rainstorm arrives. The cost of a sump pump tune-up or repair will be much less expensive than the cost of cleaning up after a major flood in your home.
Getting Sloppy with Food Disposal During Summer Parties
Summer is a time when many people like to invite family and friends over to their house for a meal. Maybe it's a backyard BBQ for a specific reason like the 4th of July, or maybe you just want to kick back and relax while eating good food with no other reason needed. Regardless of why you are cooking up a feast, make sure that your family and any other party attendees know that they are not to send their leftovers down your kitchen drain. Even if you have a garbage disposal, it's still possible that food could get stuck as it tries to escape your house. You don't want sticky grease and BBQ sauce slowing things down. Homeowners with a septic system will want to be especially careful as the system can only handle so much solid waste at a time.
Not Being Mindful of Your Sprinkler Lines
If you use a sprinkler system to water your lawn in the summer, it's important that everyone is aware of where those lines are located. You don't want to drive your lawnmower or another piece of heavy equipment anywhere near these lines. All it takes is one time for a line to get cut or damaged, and then you'll have an expensive repair on your hands.
For best results, contact a professional plumber to inspect your plumbing system this summer