Summer Plumbing Tips

07/07/12 10:30 AM

Whether you’re returning to a summer cottage or are using the longer summer days to do projects around the house, summer is a good time to tackle your plumbing maintenance.

There are a few simple things you can do to make everything run better and still get to the lounge chair in time to let the heat sink into your bones while you sip a cool beverage.

Your sink faucets are easy to clean.  Just unscrew the little bit at the end where the water leaves the system.  It’s called an aerator and while it adds air to the water, it creates a steady stream.

Lefty loosey (but remember the thing is upside down) will get it out of there and let you run the faucet to clear out tiny bits of sand.  Rinse the aerator before you put it back.

And it’s time to stop pretending you’re the captain of a submarine that’s been hit.  Go to the hardware store and spend a few dollars on a plumbing snake.  Unwind it and gently send it down the shower drain.

You’ll feel when the snake hits a blockage, usually hair and soap residue.  Lock the nut on the side of the snake and start to turn the handle.  The little teeth will grab the gunk and, after you unlock the nut, you can pull that mess right out of the drain.

Unlike liquid drain cleaners, you don’t have to buy anything else to perform this quick task again soon.  (Use the gas saved to go for ice cream.)

Same goes for other drains in your house, such as the kitchen drain.  (More gas saved.  More ice cream.)

If your garbage disposal isn’t running too well, it may be necessary to call a professional like Classic Plumbing by Reno, LLC but, first, try putting a few ice cubes into it to sharpen the blades.

Pick a really hot day and check out your outdoor water systems.  If you have some leaks in the hoses, it’s a great way to identify them and cool off at the same time.

Now that the plumbing is working better, go get more ice cream.

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