If you’re ready to enjoy summer to the fullest, the last thing you need is for plumbing problems to get in the way. Follow these 10 summer plumbing tips to keep your pipes and drains flowing smoothly.
- Check for leaks: The cold weather from last winter may have damaged your plumbing, so this is the ideal time to inspect your faucets, pipes, showerheads, and outdoor spigots for leaks. You’ll save money on your water bills and prevent potential water damage by catching leaks early.
- Measure the water pressure: Residential water pressure should land between 40 and 60 psi. A pressure regulator allows you to raise or lower the pressure as needed to hit this sweet spot.
- Check the sprinkler system: Lawn sprinklers are notorious for wasting water. Check the condition of each sprinkler head and make sure the water hits your lawn, not the sidewalk, fence, or side of your house.
- Prevent toilet clogs: The only things that belong in the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Teach your children this, and place a lined trashcan near the toilet to discourage anyone from flushing unapproved items. Then, prepare for inevitable clogs by keeping a plunger in each bathroom.
- Install or test your sump pump: Washington is one of the rainiest states in the country. Test your sump pump to make sure it’s ready for the next rainstorm. If you don’t already have a sump pump, install one this summer.
- Conserve water to save money: A faucet dripping one drop of water per second can waste over 1,600 gallons of water a year. In addition to fixing leaky faucets, you can conserve water by turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, shortening your showers, and waiting until the dishwasher is full before you run it.
- Don’t overwork the disposal: As you indulge in fresh fruits and veggies this summer, make sure no celery stalks, banana peels, corn husks, or melon rinds make their way into the kitchen sink.
- Check appliance hoses: Look behind your washing machine, dishwasher, and icemaker to locate the water hoses. Make sure they aren’t cracked, kinked, or otherwise damaged. If you see rubber hoses, consider replacing them with more durable braided steel versions.
- Know how to turn off the water: Plumbing emergencies can strike at any time, so make sure you know where your home’s plumbing shut-off valve is located and how to operate it.
- Put a plumber on speed dial: Whether you have a clogged toilet, broken faucet, or slow drain, you need a knowledgeable, responsive plumber on the job. Consider putting Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating on speed dial so you can reach us quickly in an emergency.
We are proud to be the Seattle area’s go-to plumber for plumbing installations, repairs, and maintenance. If you need help implementing any of these tips, or an unexpected plumbing mishap occurs this summer, please give us a call at (206) 350-0079.