Summertime is here and the living is easy, we’ve put together some handy tips and tricks to keep your plumbing easy this summer too! It’s important to always keep up to date on all plumbing maintenance but kids home on summer holiday and more company over means more water and plumbing usage which could increase your risk for plumbing issues. We’ve put together these simple steps to help decrease those chances, and don’t forget Mr Swirl is here to help should you run into any issues!
Summer is the ideal time to give your plumbing a thorough inspection. A good trick is to take an inventory of all your outdoor plumbing and inspect each for signs of any damaged caused by the harsh winter months. If you see any signs of damage such as cracks or leaks contact MR Swirl right away as this should be handled by professionals.
Did you know our water use can increase by 50% in summer and early fall, largely due to lawn watering. The region‑wide watering regulations are an effective way to help us use our drinking water wisely. Check out Metro Vancouver’s website to find out what your city’s watering regulations are and schedule your lawn watering accordingly! Another great tip is to monitor your sprinkler system upon first use after the winter, check for rocks, dirt, sand and other types of debris that may block the even flow of water from sprinkler heads. Uneven distribution can lead to too much water in some areas and not enough in others, both resulting in an unhealthy landscape and wasted water.
Sewer lines are built to endure for decades, but unfortunately time will eventually catch up to them. That, or damage from tree roots and shifting ground. When a sewer line starts to leak or becomes fully clogged, you’ll notice blocked drains and toilets around your house and damp, foul–smelling spots on the lawn. It’s probably time to have that line looked at with high–tech video inspection equipment and see if it needs a replacement. Backups in your sewer line are a common problem, due to build up from winter storms and debris. Root development from trees can also put a strain on a sewer line since they grow towards the water source. The best way to know for sure your sewer line pipes are ready for the season is to have them inspected by one of our trained technicians.
With more gatherings in the summer, comes more food! A few good rules to follow when using the garbage disposal; keep corn cobs, husks and other stringy food out. Also avoid putting fatty foods such as meat or oils down the drain. Follow these simple tricks and you should have a happy and healthy garbage disposal for use all summer long!