With more guests and children at home, the use of your plumbing system intensifies in summer. The pools and sprinklers are more in demand during this time, too. High use combined with mishandling increases the risk of plumbing systems developing issues. The following are tips for preventing plumbing problems in summer.

Maintain Sinks

Hosting more guests and kids means more cooking and washing. More time in the kitchen increases the risk of washing grease, fats, and oil down the sink. Be careful not to put potato peels, egg shells, and rice down the sink as these substances can clog pipes. You should also avoid putting oily substances down your drain that can solidify. Solidified oil can cause clogs.

Schedule drain cleaning services if you notice backups and a bad smell from your sink. At Twin Peaks Plumbing, Heating & Gas, we’re a top-rated plumbing company serving clients in Nanaimo and the surrounding areas. We have the tools and a trained team to clean every size of drain clog in residential areas. We can remove food scraps and grease blocking your sink to improve efficiency.

Talk with our technicians whenever you detect leaks and unpleasant odors. We always promise to leave your sinks performing better after we perform our service.

Schedule Professional Plumbing Inspection Services

Worn-out and old plumbing systems fail during summertime. During this season, these systems have to work harder and for long hours, which increases the risk of failing. Schedule plumbing inspections to discover and repair plumbing problems before they become worse.

When our plumbers inspect the sinks, septic system, and water heater, they can identify underlying issues. They can detect potential blockages or even cracked pipes. They can also identify leaks and mold growth issues.

Identifying and repairing plumbing issues before they grow bigger can prevent problems in summer. It can also keep your utility and energy bills low.

Replace Old Plumbing Appliances and Repair Damaged Units

In summer, plumbing appliance usage increases, which increases the odds of older and poorly conditioned systems failing. Get a plumber to replace old plumbing appliances and worn-out plumbing elements. A plumber can replace damaged and old toilet accessories, showerheads, and faucets. Repairing these plumbing elements ensures efficient operation. It also ensures you won’t have to deal with failed systems or related plumbing issues.

Get old HVAC systems and water heaters replaced, too. As for inefficient systems, get them repaired. Replace old air filters and clean the dirty ones. If the vents have clogs, get them cleaned. Have your air conditioner checked and damaged components repaired.

Do Not Overwork Water Heaters

More family members and friends mean more demand for hot water. The high hot water usage increases the chances your water heater will overwork. To avoid overworking the water heater and making it fail, control hot water usage.

Ask guests to allow the water heater to rest for at least 20 minutes between water usage. Allowing time for the water heater to rest ensures it won’t overwork or fail. When the shower is in use, put off using all other hot water appliances.

Adjust the water heater settings to accommodate the increased number of users. If the water heater fails, get it fixed promptly. You might have to replace your old and inefficient water heater.

Take Good Care of Your Toilets

The toilets are the most neglected plumbing units during the summertime. The toilets get used and flushed often. Sometimes young children will flush items down a toilet like toys. Talk with everyone in your home, and stress the toilet is only used for flushing human waste and small amounts of toilet paper.

Ask your guests to avoid flushing other products down the toilet. Items like cotton balls, baby wipes, sanitary napkins, and female hygiene products don’t break down or dissolve. When flushed down your toilet, they are likely to cause clogging and backups. You might need to place a sign in the bathroom to remind people of things that should not be flushed down the toilet. Keep a waste basket in the bathroom to throw away other waste products.

These are the best care tips to keep your plumbing system functioning optimally. We’re a top-rated plumbing company with experience handling plumbing problems. We install plumbing systems, make plumbing repairs, and our experienced technicians install tankless water heaters, boilers, heat pumps, and gas furnaces.

When you need leak detection or emergency plumbing repair in Nanaimo, we can help. We are available to serve you all day and night. For quality plumbing maintenance and repair services, talk to our plumbers at Twin Peaks Plumbing, Heating & Gas.

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