How to Avoid Common Issues—and the Need for Plumbing Services—During the Summer Months
Colorado boasts some of the best skiing in the country, but that doesn’t mean locals and tourists alike can’t enjoy the warmer months, too. From rafting along the Arkansas River to mountain biking at Winter Park to traipsing among wildflowers in Crested Butte, there’s no shortage of summer fun in the Centennial State.
Nothing will spoil the fun faster, however, than a plumbing issue. When the fixtures or appliances in your house, apartment, or vacation rental stop working, it can ruin your whole day (or maybe even your week!).
Thankfully, all the most common summer problems that demand prompt plumbing services are preventable. Read on to learn how you can mitigate them:
1. Prepare Your Plumbing for Downtime
If you’re planning on traveling this summer, address any minor plumbing issues before you leave. Otherwise, they could worsen while you’re gone, forcing you to face a major headache when you get back.
Since every home is unique, it’s impossible to provide an exhaustive list of the specific steps you’ll need to take. There are some general guidelines, however, that apply to virtually all properties. These include:
Replacing any loose or cracked hosing in water-using appliances
Turning off all indoor and outdoor taps completely
Fixing any dripping faucets
Emptying the dishwasher and washing machine and leaving them open to prevent unpleasant odors
If you’ll be gone for a while and you want to save energy, it may also be wise to turn your water heater down to its lowest setting.
2. Bathe Your Dogs with Care
Dogs tend to need baths more frequently during the summer months. A lot of breeds shed their winter coat once the temperature starts rising, and bathing coupled with frequent brushing can help you stay on top of the loose hair.
Your pups are probably more active during the summer months, too. Whether they tag along on hikes or just spend a lot more time in the backyard, they’re going to get dirtier faster. If you prefer to bathe them yourself, do so outside. If that’s not an option, install a device in your tub to stop the hair from going down the drain and causing a clog. And when Fluffy or Fido is especially dirty, give them a quick pre-rinse outside with the hose first to keep dirt and gravel from making its way into the water line.
During the height of shedding season, it’s also wise to run a lint brush over your family’s clothes before tossing then in the washing machine. This will keep dog hair from clogging the pipes leading away from the appliance.
3. Start a Compost Bin
If you eat a lot of seasonal produce, your garbage disposal probably runs overtime during the summer months. Despite how powerful the mechanism may be, though, it cannot break down the densest or most fibrous debris. Examples include corn husks and artichokes. These items should be tossed in the trash or better yet, in your compost bin. Otherwise, they could end up causing a clog in the pipes just beyond the garbage disposal.
Need an Evergreen Plumber? Look No Further than Adams Plumbing and Heating
If you end up facing an issue this summer despite your best efforts, turn to Adams Plumbing and Heating for prompt and reliable services. Founded in 1992, we’ve been providing comprehensive plumbing services for both homeowners and businesses ever since. From essential installations to water line services, our seasoned team does it all. To discuss your needs with a friendly member of our team, call (303) 670-9171 or reach out on our website today.