Summer brings a host of new plumbing concerns, especially to Fort Worth homes and businesses. Water consumption goes up with the mercury, and kids are home from school. This means more wear and tear on your hardest-working appliances, including your bathtub, washing machine, and your pipes. In our years of service to the community, we’ve found these are the most common plumbing problems around.
Hoses in Washing Machine Burst
Now that summer’s here, your kids might be home full time. This means they’re spending more time playing in the yard and getting dirty. They’re also clearing your house of Popsicles and ice cream (no doubt staining clothes on occasion). This means your washing machine is getting more of a workout that it’s used to, which can cause wear and tear on your hoses. A rubber washing machine hose lasts about three years, so do a visual inspection. If anything seems worn, replace it before it becomes larger problem.
Higher Water Bills
Ever experience sticker shock from your summer water bill? Thankfully, there’s a way to reduce your bills. By cutting your grass longer, for example, you can decrease the need to water your lawn, because it will retain moisture better. Check your toilet for gasket leaks by doing the food coloring check: Add some red food dye to your toilet tank and check the bowl after a half-hour without flushing. If your bowl has a pink tint, you need to replace your flapper. These leaks can cost you hundreds of gallons of water a day and are a simple fix.
Garbage Disposal Woes
More free time means more time outside grilling steaks, corn on the cob, and other delicious meals. Where are you putting the leftovers? If you say down the garbage disposal, you could be putting extra stress on your system. Don’t put cornhusks and fat or gristle down your garbage disposal – this could lead to costly repairs later in the season.
Fortunately, most of these summer problems are preventable with routine maintenance and care. Follow these tips to avoid summer plumbing problems – and enjoy the warmer months ahead!