Here in Citrus Heights, we’re lucky enough to enjoy relatively temperate weather compared to other areas of the nation. We don’t have to worry about frozen pipes, but we do experience bouts of extreme heat in the summer. The warmer months bring unique challenges to your plumbing – here’s how to maintain it so you enjoy efficient operation all year long.
Plan for Your Next Vacation
Summer brings the prospect of family vacations and a chance to get away from the area. If you’re planning to leave your home for several days, conserve energy by turning down your water heater. This will save you money on your utility bills and create less work for your heater. Also, keep in mind that a water heater can last 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance. If you haven’t serviced your it in a while, now is the perfect time to schedule a maintenance call.
Complete a Visual Inspection of Your Washing Machine
Summer laundry may seem like it never ends. With the kids out of school, they’re spending less time at their desks and more time outdoors getting dirty. This is great for their imagination and immune system – but not so much you’re washing machine. As your laundry loads increase, take the time to do a visual inspection of your washing machine hoses. If they seem frayed or worn, replace them before they create a huge mess. For reference, you should replace a rubber hose from a washing machine about once every three years.
Set Cookout Rules
Summer also means it’s time for more entertaining. Unfortunately, family get-togethers can lead to more hard work for your garbage disposal – and damage if someone puts the wrong thing down it. Remind your guests to never put bones or fat down your disposal. Consider a compost pile for all your seasonal produce leftovers. This will effectively extend the life of one of your most trusted appliances.
The warmer months bring their own plumbing concerns, from more water usage to more wear and tear to your garbage disposal. By following these simple tips, you can avoid the risk of more costly repairs.