Plumbing Tips for Summer The arrival of summer usually corresponds to a rise in household water consumption. More wastewater flowing through our pipes creates greater potential for plumbing issues to develop and the hot days puts a strain on the water supply. Here are a few tips to help you get through the summer without any problems. Monitor Your Outside Water Usage Check your sprinkler heads for damage or blockages, so you know that the water will be going where it’s needed most; on your lawns and garden, and not onto the footpath and down the storm drain. Also, consider installing a system under the ground to reduce water waste through evaporation. A sprinkler system on a timer can also create savings when you set it to only water during the cooler parts of the day. Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal Summer is a time for BBQs and cookouts with lots of watermelons, corn on the cob, steaks, and greasy burgers. Watermelon rinds, bones, and, corn cobs can all spell havoc for your garbage disposal. You may not be able to see it, but some of the waste may not make it all the way and could lodge in the pipes and create a blockage. Hard material like corn cobs may also damage the grinding teeth. Greasy food waste can leave grease and oil to solidify in the pipes and cause problems with the flow. Whenever you use the garbage disposal, don’t use it with hard waste, and be sure to flush it with a full blast of water for about 15 seconds. Be Water Wise Hot summer days put a strain on our water supplies. Everyone must do their part to keep their water usage to a minimum. Take shorter showers, don’t run sprinklers all day, and put a cover on the pool to reduce evaporation. Save Energy Summer is also a time of vacation for lots of families, with houses that are vacant for weeks at a time. Empty your fridge of perishables before you leave and turn the temperature up. Your fridge won’t have to work so hard, and you’ll save on energy. You can also turn the water heater down because you won’t be using hot water while you’re having fun away from home. Maintain Your Sewage The sewage line is out of sight and out of mind, for the most part, which means that potential problems could be building up without you knowing. A once-yearly check-up is a fast and affordable way to make sure your plumbing is in good order. If there are problems, you will save money by taking care of them sooner, rather than later.