We are in the midst of the sticky summer months here in Grand Traverse County and the hot and humid weather can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing if you aren’t careful. We’ve prepared a handy troubleshooting guide to help you avoid damage and survive the summer months without any plumbing problems. A little preventive maintenance goes a long way!
- Dispose of food properly Summer cookouts can lead to an increased workload for your garbage disposal. Avoid putting cooking oil and hard fruits and vegetables into your garbage disposal. This can lead to a damaged disposal and plumbing lines.
- Make sure your washer can handle the summer workload You likely have an increase in laundry during the summer months thanks to plenty of fun, outdoor activities. Take a few minutes and check your washing machine on a regular basis. Look for hoses that are bulging, leaking, or cracking and ensure the machine is at least four inches away from the wall.
- Be mindful of sprinklers If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn make sure the heads are clear and the lines are fully functioning. Be careful to avoid the sprinklers while mowing and during outdoor activities to prevent damage.
- Avoid sewer disasters Summer rainwater can enter sewer pipes via cracks and new tree root growth can interfere with the lines. Schedule a plumbing service call to determine whether your sewer lines are susceptible to a backup, if there is damage that needs to be repaired, and the best course of treatment.
- Be prepared for summer humidity During the humid summer season your ductwork is likely to create condensation. This condensation can create a backup if the appropriate drains aren’t cleared. Check for water in drain pans and schedule a plumbing service call if you suspect something is wrong.
If you think you may be in need of a plumbing service call contact our team of highly qualified professionals at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We can help you troubleshoot your plumbing concerns and determine what the best course of treatment will be.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about plumbing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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