Hooray for the summer vacation season! Now that the temperature has been teetering around the triple digits and the kids are out of school officially – we can now declare that the summer months are here and now is the time to put up the hammock and drag out the barbecue grill.
This is the best time of year – the weather is nice, people take vacations and spend time together as a family, and wonderful memories are made. This is also the time of year when most people like to take time away from their home and schedule their one big summer vacation trip for the year.
But, whether you are planning on staying around your house and enjoying the long summer nights in the backyard – or, you are headed out of town for some vacations and camping trips, it is important to know that your home and all of its systems will be reliable.
This is no truer for any system more than it is for your plumbing system. Your plumbing system is to one part of your home that you absolutely must have during the summer months in order for your vacation and time off to go right.
The first is to keep your plumbing system properly maintained, and that means treating it well when you use it. Here are some specific tips:
- Don’t overuse your garbage disposal in the hopes of saving time so that you can get outside to that lawn chair. The garbage disposal is still just an appliance, and it needs to be treated properly. If you wouldn’t put it in your blender … don’t put it in your garbage disposal.
- With the kids being in and out of the house in the grass, sand, and wood chips – make sure to install drain screens in your sinks and bathtub or shower drains. This is the cheapest and easiest way to avoid a major clog in your plumbing system.
- Check your washing machine after each load to make sure there aren’t any solid pieces like small toys or even rocks. Especially if you are washing sleeping bags or beach towels.
Dealing with a summertime plumbing malfunction is the last thing you want to spend your R&R time doing. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to make sure that your plumbing system can be counted on and will not have a malfunction – follow these tips and have an awesome summer!