Plumbing Tips For Summer

Plumbing Tips For Hot Summer Months

Summer is here and we have some plumbing tips to help you relax this season.  Less home repairs means more time by the pool!


Plumbing Tip #1:

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Food Clogged Drain Pipe

Summertime means more barbecues and food!  When preparing food or cleaning up, be careful what you’re putting in your garbage disposal.  Some foods to never put down the drain or disposal are:

  • Stringy/Starchy Foods
  • Oil, fat, grease
  • Pasta
  • Egg Shells
  • Bones
  • Rice
  • Fruit seeds or pits

 

 


Plumbing Tip #2:

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Water Heater Dial- Vacation Mode

Summer also means VACATIONS!  Yay!  You want to relax while on vacation and not worry about coming home to a plumbing disaster.  If no one is going to be staying at your home while you’re away, turn off the main water supply to the home to prevent a busted pipe or water heater from causing damage.  Also, to save energy while away, consider putting your water heater on “vacation mode”.

 


Plumbing Tip #3:

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Cracked washing machine hose

Kids are usually home during the summer which means they are hopefully spending some time outdoors, swimming and playing!  So, unfortunately there will be more laundry!  Due to the increased usage of the washing machine, you should inspect the hoses to assure no cracks or leaks.  It is suggested that hoses on washing machines are changed every three years to prevent a leak due to breakage.

 

 


Plumbing Tip #4:

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Watering Schedule

Change your watering schedule for your irrigation.  To conserve water during the summer months, water your plants before sunrise or after sunset.

 

 

 


Plumbing Tip #5:

Consider getting a thorough inspection of all your pipes and fixtures from a licensed plumber to assure all items are working properly.  Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding any unfortunate surprises.  If you can resolve minor issues before they become huge problems, you avoid stress and ultimately save money on what could be costly repairs.  Contact  702-672-7567 to schedule a thorough inspection with a qualified plumber from Innovative Plumbing Pros (click here to see our main page) or to inquire about more plumbing tips!

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  • Kendall Everett
    Reply

    I would have never thought that there are so many foods that should not go down the disposal. Foods that don’t break up easily or solidify can create blockage so that makes sense. It may be a good idea to have garbage bags readily available to help encourage throwing the food away.

  • Kendall Everett
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    I had no idea you could shut off your main water supply while you were away on vacation. That would definitely prevent any potential issues from arising like you mentioned, as well as help reduce any costs from any automatic feature from turning on. Would turning off the water supply mean sprinklers would not be used while we are away?

  • Wade Joel
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    I depend on my plumbing everyday. I think I wouldn’t be able to survive without it because I do not know where I would put all the water. I will be sure to check my washer hoses to make sure they are working right and not leaking any precious water.

  • Sarah Smith
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    I’ve been having issues lately with my garbage deposal and want to deal with it properly. Thanks for the advice about how you should never put pasta or rice down a garbage disposal. I think it would be a great idea to get a professional plumber to come and inspect my garbage disposal so that I can get it fixed.

  • Justin Knox
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    I just had a few plumbing repairs done in my home recently, so I need to focus more on this kind of maintenance. I had not thought about the concern of hoses, such as with the washing machine. Is that a common cause of flooding in the home?

  • Ben
    Reply

    Great post! I never knew that hoses on washing machines need to be changed every three years. I’d say I check my hose once every five years and it seems to be holding up alright with max efficiency.

  • Braden Bills
    Reply

    My sink has been clogging up a lot lately. I didn’t know that you wouldn’t supposed to put pasta in the garbage disposal! That makes sense, especially considering how easily it could clog things up. I’ll be sure to hire someone to clear it up! Thanks for sharing!

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  • siaosi
    Reply

    I would like to make sure that my plumbing is secure in my home. I would like to get some of my plumbing secure. I really appreciate the information given.

  • Kendall Ryder
    Reply

    I wouldn’t have thought to check my laundry hoses at all. It is smart because I don’t want something to go wrong because I didn’t check up on it. I think regular care and maintenance is a smart thing for everything around a home! That way, you can hopefully prevent large problems from arising.

  • Amra Fazlic
    Reply

    Wonderful post!! Tips which you have described,I will definitely share with others. Thanks for sharing this post.

  • Kenneth Gladman
    Reply

    My sister had a beef bone stuck in her disposal and it did some serious damage. You want to be careful what goes down. To get the best life I would use your disposal sparingly and make sure your kids know what can go down the drain as well.

  • Luke McMasters
    Reply

    I really like your idea of getting a plumber to inspect everything. My house is pretty old, so I know winter can be pretty rough on the pipes. If there are small problems that can be fixed to save me from a flood, I want them found and done!

  • Johnny McCarron
    Reply

    I really like your advice to get your plumbing inspected before the summer begins. All too often, people don’t consider the possibility of running into issues with their plumbing during the hot months. They think that plumbing issues only happen during the cold months. I’ll have to think about that next summer as I really don’t want to run into any plumbing issues.

  • emily bennette
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    Checking your garbage disposal does seem like a smart thing to do. Also, I wouldn’t want to make my disposal clogged. It does seem like a good thing to have a professional plumber fix for you if it does get clogged.

  • judy wilson
    Reply

    I’ve always thought that having a garbage disposal meant that I can put almost any type of food down the drain to make cleaning my dishes easier, so I was really surprised to read in the first tip of this article that there are some foods that I should avoid putting down the drain. My family loves to eat rice dishes, pasta, and anything with potatoes. These foods commonly go down the drain, so that would explain why the pipes in my kitchen are often clogged. Since these foods clog up my plumbing, I’ll make sure to avoid shoving them down the disposal from now on. Hopefully this will mean fewer repairs in my house by the end of the holidays.

  • Kate Hansen
    Reply

    I really like your tip about inspecting the hoses to assure no cracks or leaks exist. It does seem like I use my washing machine and shower more often in the summer, so it’s a good idea to make sure everything is working properly before you start increasing the usage. I would imagine calling a plumber would be the best idea because they could inspect everything for you and then fix it right then and there if it’s broken.

  • siaosi
    Reply

    I think it would be nice to get some help getting my plumbing checked out. I am quite surprised that you can not put so many different kinds of things in the disposal. I know it would be nice to get my disposal checked out because I have not taken care of them before with the kinds of things I have put in them.

  • Danni Black
    Reply

    I really like your tip about turning off the water supply when you are off on vacation. My husband and I have a few trips planned in the next few months so we will have to keep these tips in mind. We will have to call a plumber and make sure that everything is in order before we leave.

  • Dave Anderson
    Reply

    I did not know that oils and fats should not be put down the garbage disposal because it can clog it. Why whole life I have put those things down the disposal, but now that I know I will be putting it in the trash instead. I want to avoid problems with my sink and the plumbing in my house, so I greatly appreciate these tips!

  • Cindy Tesler
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    I agree that you should be careful about the types of food that go down the garbage disposal. You went on to say that anything stringy or starchy should not go in the disposal. I think it’s a good idea to choose a plumber before you actually need one.

  • Elsa Anderson
    Reply

    I really appreciate how you suggest to avoid putting certain foods down the drain so you don’t run into a clogged pipe or drain. I usually just rinse anything down the drain, but I’m sure that’s taking an invisible toll on my pipes. I should probably have a plumber come over and inspect the pipes so I know nothing is getting clogged that I can’t see.

  • Luis Evans
    Reply

    Hi Jose
    This is so true
    I’m facing many problems about plumbing .
    The 4 tips really useful.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Kenneth Gladman
    Reply

    We came home to a flooded basement after a vacation one time. It ruined a lot of our furniture and was a hassle to clean up. I like your advice on turning off the water when leaving for extended periods of time.

  • JulieBeaps
    Reply

    Good post! I read your blog often and you always post excellent content. I posted this article on Facebook and my followers like it. Thanks for writing this!

  • Sarah Smith
    Reply

    I want to make sure that I take good care of my plumbing this summer. Getting your plumbing professionally inspected is a smart idea and can help you catch problems early on. Something else to consider is to get a plumber to help you that is local and available 24/7, so that they can get to you quickly if there is an emergency.

  • Georgia B
    Reply

    I definitely agree with your tip on getting a thorough inspection of all your pipes and fixtures by a licensed plumber. It’s so true that preventative maintenance is key to avoiding any unfortunate surprises. Getting regular inspections done by a plumber will help you to catch any issues before they become bigger issues.

  • Plumbing Supplies
    Reply

    Your tips are great and useful. And I agree with your all plumbing tips.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah Smith
    Reply

    My husband and I bought a house, and I need to be sure that the plumbing is secure. It’s good to know that you shouldn’t put pasta, egg shells, or rice down the garbage disposal. Another thing to consider is to get a plumber the is available 24/7, so that you can get help in the middle of the night if there is an emergency.

  • Plumbing Accessories
    Reply

    I will start my plumbing work in my new how in next week. This article give me some idea. But want to know, is this season perfect for plumbing work?

  • siaosi
    Reply

    I would love to have a plumber to help me out. It is nice to have a someone that knows what they are doing constantly. I want to make sure that I have someone to call in case of an emergency.

  • Danni Black
    Reply

    I never thought about changing your watering schedule for your irrigation. My husband and I have been wanting to install an irrigation system for a while now so we will have to keep these tips in mind. Hopefully, we can get the help of a plumber to walk us through the process, thank you for sharing!

  • tolssekiKr
    Reply

    Hello! I really like your blog! Continue to write more! Very interesting!

  • Pam Lassila
    Reply

    I think having newer pipes can really affect your plumbing situation. If you get newer ones, the metals will be better and not leak. Also things won’t clog as easy. Getting plumbers to update and tune things up is a good investment for your home.

  • Rachel Lannister
    Reply

    You advised making sure all your pipes and fixtures are working properly, especially before the summer months when you will be using a lot of water. I have a nice garden that I want to keep nice care of, so I’ll have to do a quick check, to make sure it is all working. And if it is not, I’ll have to quickly run to a plumbing supply place, and get the parts I need. Thanks for the great tips.

  • Braden Bills
    Reply

    I want to make sure that I take good care of my drains. I didn’t realize it was so important to watch out what I put in my drain! I’ll make sure I avoid draining grease or oils.

  • siaosi
    Reply

    I would love to have my pool checked out in my back yard. I think it would be nice to have everything check out in details. Now that it is spring I would like to check everything out.

  • Yilliang Peng
    Reply

    I appreciate all of the great plumbing advice you have listed here. My wife and I had no idea that by changing up your watering schedule, you could actually conserve water — interesting. We are thinking about moving into a bigger home and so are going to try and save as much money as possible — thanks for the advice!

  • Goodsense Plumbing & Drain Cleaning
    Reply

    What a very comprehensive enumeration of the most significant plumbing concerns. Thanks for the helpful info. It is indeed best to perform these DIY maintenance inspection to avoid some foreseen troubles due to the common causes mentioned.

  • siaosi
    Reply

    I want to know all of the right tips for my plumbing system. I want to make sure that everything is working correctly. I would like to know that my pressure is working correctly.

  • Kenneth Gladman
    Reply

    We came back from vacation to find our bathroom flooded in the basement. This was from a cracked seal and rainwater, but it was a good reminder to turn off the water when leaving for extended periods of time. You bring up a good point about that.

  • Leviticus Bennett
    Reply

    I didn’t know that I shouldn’t be washing pasta down the sink. My family cooks a lot of pasta and if there’s any left on the plates, we usually just rinse it off. I’ll make sure that we scrape it into the trash instead from now on.

  • plumbritellc
    Reply

    Hi jos,
    I read your full Post properly. I know about the importance of plumbing tips for hot summer months now. it’s important for us at a time. Thank you for Sharing your good information.

  • Frank
    Reply

    Check your faucet and the drain pipe beneath the sink for signs of leaks on a weekly basis. Leaks not only waste water, but also damage property if left unfixed for extended periods of time.

  • Jimmy
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing some tips for maintaining your plumbing. I think I will also start looking for a plumber who can take a look at my system to make sure everything is still running smoothly or make any needed repairs.

  • Jimmy
    Reply

    I heard that it is not always a good idea to put harmful chemicals down the drain when trying to unclog it. Seeking help from a professional would be the safest way to solve a problem

  • Jimmy
    Reply

    You are amazingly described all the valuable plumbing tips. I love your informative article. It is too good. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  • Sandra Hexner
    Reply

    Thanks for the great tips for summer, when it comes to plumbing. We plan on going on a two week vacation and won’t be using a house sitter, so your advice to turn off the main water supply is genius. That right there could potentially save us thousands of dollars if a pipe does break. I also like that it will save us more money since the water is off, we can turn off the water heater too.

  • Derek Dewitt
    Reply

    I really appreciate all the plumbing tips you shared! Our water bill has been really high lately and we’ve been looking to cut back so this was really helpful. We’ll have to try only watering the lawn at dusk and dawn like you suggested and see if it makes a difference.

  • Amanda Drew
    Reply

    My washing machine is kind of old and it has been acting up a bit lately. Thanks for suggesting that you change the hose about every three years. I’ll have to find some plumbing supplies so that I can switch it out.

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