With spring just a few weeks away, you need to start making plans for your warm-weather care. Plumbing fixtures require extra care and attention, especially during the warmer months. The following five steps will help you care for your plumbing now that warmer weather is on the way.
1. Get Ready for Those Out-of-Town Guests
When warm weather arrives, families start to plan their vacations. If you plan to have out-of-town guests in your home, make sure that your plumbing is ready for the additional use. The first thing you need to do is have your drains cleaned. Dirty drains can increase your risk of stubborn clogs, which can interfere with the time you have to spend with your guests.
Not only that, but if your toilets back up as a result of those clogs, your guests will be subjected to health risks, especially if raw sewage backs up into your bathrooms. Avoid drain-related plumbing problems. Have your drains cleaned and your pipes inspected.
2. Watch the Garbage Disposal
Warm weather is synonymous with get-togethers and barbecues. If you plan to enjoy popular barbecue foods at your home, watch the garbage disposal carefully. Many of the popular barbecue foods can cause serious damage to your garbage disposal and lead to stubborn clogs.
Some of the food items that you shouldn't send through the garbage disposal include corn husks, melon rinds, and onion skins. These items can bind up the rotor blades in your garbage disposal and get stuck in the drains.
3. Protect Your Sprinkler System
If you have dogs, you need to protect your sprinkler system. Your dogs can wreak havoc on your sprinkler system, especially if they're left unattended. To protect your sprinkler system from dog-related damage, you should follow three simple steps.
First, never let your dogs run through the sprinklers while the sprinklers are activated. This will encourage your dogs to look for water when the system is off.
Second, keep your dog equipped with a supply of enjoyable chew toys. This will prevent boredom and keep your sprinklers safe from chewing.
Finally, spray each sprinkler head with a canine-friendly taste repellent. These solutions discourage dogs from chewing on sprinkler heads and other items.
4. Take Your Dogs to the Groomers
If you normally wash your dogs in the bathtub, change your routine, especially once they begin to shed their winter coats. Otherwise, their fur will end up in the drains. All that accumulation of fur will lead to stubborn clogs, which will result in costly repairs. Take your dogs to the groomers for their baths once they start shedding, and protect your drains.
5. Prep Your Plumbing for Vacation
If you have plans for an extended vacation now that the weather is warming up, now's the time to plan the plumbing preparations. You’ll need to take a number of steps to protect your plumbing and your home while you're away.
Turn your water heater to low before you leave for your vacation. Not only will you save money on your energy bills while you're away, but you'll also avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your water heater.
To make sure you don't come home to dishwasher problems, drain the water hose and turn off the water supply. Open the door to the dishwasher to prevent foul odors.
Toilets and Sinks
Before you leave for vacation, inspect your toilets and sinks for leaks. If you find any, have them repaired before you take off. Finally, turn the water supply to your sinks and toilets off. That way, you don't have to worry about leaks or floods while you're gone.
Don't take chances with your plumbing. Use the tips provided here to get ready for the changing seasons. Contact us at Ritz Plumbing. We're here to care for all your plumbing needs.