Three Ways to Avoid Summer Plumbing Problems

Summer is a time to be outdoors, relax and have fun with family and friends, but did you know that it can also be a time for plumbing problems? Summertime is when water usage is at its highest of the year, which can lead to several plumbing issues. Listed below are three common maintenance problems that occur and some tips to keep your home plumbing safe.

Washing Machine:

During the summer months washing machines tend to run more frequently, especially if you have kids. You spend more time outdoors, whether it’s hiking, time at the pool or even the beach, all result in more dirty clothes.  Frequent usage can cause bulges, cracks or leaks in your washing machine hose. It is recommended to move your machine a few inches from the wall to prevent the hoses from knotting. Remove drier lint regularly and never leave your home while the washier is running.

Sewer Line Backup:

Sewer line backups are common in the summer when excess rainwater enters sewer pipes through cracks.  New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots spread underground and crack the pipes. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away. He or she can recommend a sewer line treatment or replacement options.

Clogged Disposal:

Not only is summer the season for grilling, but it also can be the season of clogged kitchen disposals if you do not know what foods can and cannot go down the disposal. Typically, disposals are not equipped to handle hard fruits and vegetables, such as celery, cornhusks and banana peels, to name a few. Also, do not pour fats or cooking oils down your sink because they form clots in the pipes. Never put “just-add-water” foods down the drain, this will result in an immediate clog when you add water. Run cold water at full pressure for several seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to push it through.

When residents of Columbus, Ohio and surrounding communities need a plumbing company they can trust for professional, timely service, they turn to Crawford Mechanical Services. Whether you need a plumber to fix a toilet or shower in Dublin, replace a garbage disposal in Hilliard, or re-pipe an entire home in Columbus, we’re the company you can turn to. Give us a call today at 614-407-3823 or fill out the contact form on the right.

Drain Cleaning Tips

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Plenty of things can go wrong around the house during a normal day. Blocked drains are a time-wasting nuisance. Keep them clear with a few simple measures.

You’re bound to encounter one sooner or later, but there’s plenty you can do in the meantime to keep clogged drains at bay, such as:

  • Place a strainer over kitchen and bathroom drains if they don’t already have one to prevent hair, pieces of soap, and other debris from slipping through. Clean the strainer as needed. >> Drain Cleaning Columbus Ohio
  • Every so often remove tub and sink pop-up stoppers and rinse them off.
  • Some tubs, showers, and basement floor drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening. You can easily remove them and reach down into the drain with a bent wire to clear out accumulated debris. >> Drain Cleaning Columbus Ohio
  • Pour grease into a coffee can to dispose of with your regular trash – not in your disposal.
  • Flush your kitchen drain with cold water before, during, and after using your garbage disposal. Cold water helps prevent food particles from clinging to the inside of your pipes.
  • If your clothes washer empties into a laundry tub, be sure to use a lint sock at the end of the discharge hose.
  • Don’t place or store small items above your toilet that can easily fall into the bowl and cause problems. >> Drain Cleaning Columbus Ohio

With a little bit of planning – and very little effort – you can keep your drains clear and your nerves calm. If a clog or backup does occur and you live in Maryland, contact us and one of our drain cleaning specialists can get to you immediately and clear your drain in no time.

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