You may think that you don’t have to worry about the plumbing in your Brooklyn home in the summer. But think again. Just because there’s no chance your pipes can freeze doesn’t mean nothing can go wrong.
Your neighbors at Petri Plumbing & Heating want you to have a fun, relaxing summer without the hassle and expense of a major summer plumbing disaster. The good news is that preventative maintenance or a little DIY is all it takes to avoid the most common summer plumbing issues we see.
Here are three of the most common summer plumbing problems and what you can to do keep them from ruining your summer plans.
With the kids home more during the summer, your home’s drains are seeing more use. And, the more mischievous youngsters in your household might be tempted to put something down a drain or toilet. Talk to your family about what is — and isn’t — OK to go down the drain. Never flush anything but human waste and toilet paper, not even so-called flushable wipes.
Luckily, you can handle most clogs on your own with the help of a professional-grade plunger. Most slow drains can be solved with an untwisted wire hanger to pull debris out of the drain, followed by slowly pouring boiling water down the pipe to flush remaining debris. If you can’t clear a clog on your own, call a professional for help.
If you have a disposal in your kitchen sink, it might be seeing extra work this summer. Summer grill-out foods like corn on the cob and watermelon are tasty and a lot of fun, but don’t try to send the shucks and rinds down your disposal. Cooking grease and animal fats are also harmful to your disposal. Make sure you and your family know what should and shouldn’t go in the sink disposal, and be sure to flush it with plenty of cool water after using it.
Summer weather can be unstable and unpredictable, and sudden storms can dump a lot of rain in a very short time. If you have a flood-prone basement, take some time this summer to think about your sump pump. You want it working well when you need it, and you never know when that might be. Get it inspected today for summer peace of mind.
If you can’t troubleshoot it yourself, Petri Plumbing & Heating can help you with any plumbing issue this summer. With 24/7 emergency service, we can get you back to enjoying a relaxing summer quickly. For more information, call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing and Heating online.
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