5 Easy Things You Can Do Around The Home For The Summer

Posted on: July 4th, 2013 by zach

Each time the season changes, there are different things you can do to minimize headaches and costs while maximizing the time you spend on something you rather be doing, especially during the summer!

1. One way to save money and energy is if you are going away on vacation is to turn down the temperature of your water heater.

2. Be aware of what you put down your kitchen garburator after a barbeque. Most garburators are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other “stringy” foods. Other items to avoid are fats or cooking oils because they can form clots in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through.

3. Plus with the hotter weather and more outside activities it means more clothes to clean. Check your washing machine hoses for leaks or cracks and be sure to remove the dryer lint regularly to keep it working efficiently. Move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage. Instead of using the dryer-try line drying your clothes outside if possible!

4. Turn on your outside faucet and let it run for a few minutes to clear the pipe leading from the water supply to the outlet. Watch the flow to see if it appears unhindered, and check the visible sections of pipe for any leaks that may have occurred.

5. Sewer line backups are common this time of year due to summer rainwater entering sewer pipes via cracks. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Have a plumber inspect your sewer line pipes to let you know if you are susceptible to a sewer line backup problem or if damage has already occurred. In either situation, your plumber will be able to provide you with various options for proper drain cleaning.

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