Feel that chill in the air? Time to switch out the flip-flops for backpacks! It’s back to school season. That usually means your morning routines are whirlwinds of making breakfast, packing lunches, and ensuring homework actually makes it to school. During the school year, weekday mornings (and evenings!) are stressful. A plumbing system issue, be it a clogged sink, a leaking washing machine, or a frigid shower, can disrupt a routine that can’t afford to lose any precious moments.
That’s why it’s so important to make sure that your home’s plumbing system is in the best shape possible. Follow our advice below and ace your back to school plumbing.
1) Think About Your Shower
The hazy, lazy days of summer are gone. While summertime definitely brings more use to the shower—like rinsing off sand from the beach—weekday mornings are usually a busy, busy time for your shower.
With so many people trying to get their morning shower in, it’s common for the hot water to run out. Try splitting up showers in your household between evening and morning so nobody has to face the unfortunate cold shower.
You should also check up on your hot water heater. If you spot any issues like a lack of hot water or leaking around the hot water heater, you could have a costly headache on your hands. Read up on these 4 super common hot water heater problems and get informed.
Facing a worn out water heater? You could look into a tankless water heater. With unlimited hot water, lower heating costs, and a long lifespan, it’s a solid choice for many families.
2) Mind The Garbage Disposal
With breakfasts before school, lunches to pack, and family dinners to prepare, your garbage disposal is going to get a lot of assignments during back to school season.
However, don’t get hasty and put things down your disposal that shouldn’t be there.Remember that you should never put fibrous foods like corn husks or celery, eggshells, bones, grease, pasta (or other foods that expand in water, like rice), or coffee grounds down the garbage disposal. These foods can lead to clogs and a broken disposal.
Wondering if your garbage disposal needs some TLC? Signs of a broken disposal include foul odors, unusual noises, and backed up water. If you spot any of these symptoms, get a plumber in to fix it right away.
3) Take Care Of Your Washing Machine
School clothes. Gym uniforms. Sports uniforms. Marching band uniforms. (So many uniforms!) Thanks to back to school season, your washing machine will be pretty busy. That’s why you should take good care of it.
Always wash full loads, since you’ll save water and energy costs. If you haven’t checked your washing machine’s drain tubes in a while, do so now. They should be replaced every 3 to 5 years, as older drain tubes can clog and cause flooding.
Is Your Plumbing System Ready For Back To School Season?
Hopefully, you’ve studied up on our tips and it will be smooth sailing. If you want an expert plumber to check up on your home’s plumbing system or if you need repairs fast, don’t hesitate to call Flatley’s Plumbing Express. With decades of experience (and decades of back to school seasons), we’re ready to help.
Call Flatley’s Plumbing Express to schedule your professional plumbing system appointment today!