Plumbing Tips for Florida Summers

 

We are in the midst of summer, which means more time spent outside enjoying the weather, daily thunderstorms, and managing the kids who are home from school. Unfortunately, summertime is also the hardest time of year on your plumbing system!  

 

Because of this, it is important to add plumbing maintenance to your summer to-do list so you can help avoid any plumbing emergencies during your summer fun.  

 

Keep reading to learn tips from our plumbing pros to keep your plumbing system running smoothly all summer long!  

 

#1. Take it Easy on the Toilets 

#2. Adjust the Temperature of Your Water Heater  

#3. Check For Leaks 

#4. Check Your Sprinkler System 

#5. Watch What You Put Down the Disposal  

 

Summertime Plumbing Tips  

 

Follow these tips so you can enjoy your summer without a plumbing emergency!  

 

#1. Take it Easy on the Toilets 

 

With kids home from school and guests coming in to visit, your toilets are being used a lot more often during the summer months.  

 

To help prevent any problems: 

 

  • Teach your children to use a small amount of toilet paper to help avoid clogs 
  • Ensure that everyone knows what not to flush down the toilet like feminine hygiene products or paper towels 

 

If you do end up having a clog, you know who to call! Our team at Frank Gay Services is on call in the Orlando area for all your plumbing emergencies and repairs. Reach out today; (407) 329-5145!   

 

#2. Adjust the Temperature of Your Water Heater  

 

If you are going away on vacation, it is a good idea to turn down the temperature on your water heater to help save on energy costs. Do you really need hot water when you aren’t even home?  

 

Just don’t forget to turn it back up once you arrive back home so it has time to heat before you take a shower or bathe the kids.  

 

#3. Check For Leaks 

 

Your home receives water from a main water supply line or you might have a private well. In either case, you depend on your water supply a lot during the summer from watering your lawn to washing clothes, so it is important to check for any leaks in your system.  

 

To find leaks: 

 

  • Inspect your home’s foundation for any pooling water 
  • Look under sinks and sink cabinets 
  • Check the walls and ceiling for any water damage or mildew 
  • Listen for dripping  
  • Inspect behind the washing machine 
  • Check your water bill  

 

Common causes of leaking pipes in Central Florida are live oak trees. While they are beautiful and offer ample shade, live oaks have powerful root systems that can spread to over 90 feet and damage any pipes in their way!  

 

 

#4. Check Your Sprinkler System 

 

Before you use your sprinklers to water your lawn, make sure that they are all working properly and not damaged. You can waste a lot of water due to a broken sprinkler head or water line!  

 

Further, we recommend watering your lawn in the morning or late evening after the sun has gone down. If you turn on your sprinklers during the heat of the day, a lot of water will be lost and wasted due to evaporation. You’ll have to pay for it too!  

 

#5. Watch What You Put Down the Disposal  

 

While we generally cook out year-round in Florida, summer is a great time for cookouts and BBQs with family and friends. All this cooking means that there will be more food scraps to contend with.  

 

Watch which food scraps you put down your garbage disposal to prevent clogs. Never put these items down your disposal: 

 

  • Grease and cooking oils 
  • Bones  
  • Coffee grounds 
  • Corn husks 
  • Banana peels 
  • Watermelon rinds 
  • Eggshells 
  • Potato skins 
  • Celery 
  • Pasta 
  • Rice 
  • Bread 
  • Fruit pits 
  • Anything fibrous or expandable 

 

Instead of putting these items in your garbage disposal, consider composting the organic waste. You can also use banana peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells in your garden. The rest, like bones,  will need to be thrown away.  

 

Enjoy Your Summer 

 

Have peace of mind this summer that your plumbing system is running smoothly and free of leaks and clogs by following the above tips. But if you do run into a plumbing issue or emergency, our top-rated team at Frank Gay Services is here to help! 

 

From plumbing leaks to clogs, we are just a phone call away. Schedule plumbing repair or maintenance with Frank Gay Services today; (407) 329-5145!