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Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips

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Blog Highlights

  • During the summer it’s important to take measures to care for your home’s plumbing system
  • During the winter, the extreme cold can often crack or damage sprinkler systems
  • It’s important to check the connections of your dishwasher and washing machine

Summer is upon us here in Salt Lake City and Park City! During the summer it’s important to take appropriate measures to care for your home’s plumbing system. The long, hot days can add an element of stress to your plumbing system. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make sure your system runs smoothly.

Look at Your Sprinklers

During the winter, the extreme cold can often crack or damage sprinkler systems. Eventually these cracks result in water waste when you start to water your grass in the summer. At the beginning of the summer, inspect all of your home’s sprinkler heads for cracks, misdirection, rust, and leaks. Finding and treating damage early will save you money and keep you from wasting water.

Plumbing Fixtures

With school out and the kids home, there may be some extra strain on your plumbing fixtures and system. Make sure you inform your children that grease cannot go down the garbage disposal. For young children, inform them what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet. And, finally, make sure they use the bathroom fan when showering to avoid mold growth.

Heating Water

Make sure you turn down the temperature on your water heater before you leave on vacation. This will allow your water heater to take a short break and will save you money.

Plants

If you plan on doing some gardening this summer, be careful where you dig and plant. Make sure you know where your gas and sewer lines are before you do any yard maintenance or planting. It’s also important to plant trees carefully so their roots don’t damage or infiltrate the sewer line in the future.

Dishwasher and Washing Machine Connections

It’s important to check the connections of your dishwasher and washing machine in preparation for all the use they’ll get during the summer months. Ensure that the machines are properly hooked up and fix any leaks that you notice. The earlier you discover a problem and treat it, the better it is for you in the long run.

Do you need help preparing your plumbing for the summer? Contact us today!