Save Money This Summer by Avoiding These 5 Common Plumbing Problems

Published: 06 Jun 2023 ・ Read time: 5 mins
Summer is a time for you and your family to get excited about the upcoming holidays, but sadly it can also be a time for unexpected expenses. One of the most significant expenditures that can come up during the summer is plumbing problems. Clogged drains, leaking pipes, and sewer backups can all be costly, meaning it pays to be prepared.
There's good news for those looking to save money this summer - you can take several preventative measures to avoid problems. Here are a few helpful tips:

1. Regularly inspect your plumbing

It can be easy to forget the simplest of things, but taking a few minutes each month to walk through your home can be crucial for spotting any signs of wear and tear on your plumbing system, allowing you to resolve the issue swiftly without incurring potential property damage and unnecessary costs. 
You can also have your plumbing system checked by a professional plumber to pinpoint any potential problems before they become an unwanted issue.

2. Take the strain off your drain

A strainer is a handy little tool that will catch food particles and other debris that could clog up your drains. Having a strainer in your sink will help to prevent costly plumbing repairs down the road. 
Flushing the drains out regularly with hot water is another great solution to dissolve any grease and other contaminants that can cause clogs, allowing the system to run freely.

3. Avoid flushing anything that doesn't belong there

It's imperative to avoid flushing things such as grease, oil, diapers, wet wipes and feminine hygiene products down the toilet as this can lead to significant issues like:
  • Clogged Pipes - Anything not meant to be flushed can solidify, causing a build-up in your plumbing system.
  • Damaged Pipes - The build-up in the plumbing system can cause the pipes to corrode over time which will ultimately lead to leaks and cause other damage to your property. 
  • Pollution - Anything flushed down the toilet can lead to our waterways and oceans, so any unwanted items that are flushed will contaminate the water and harm wildlife. 
  • Expensive Costs - The cost of getting a plumber to unblock your plumbing system and the time and labor will all depend on the severity of the block, the location because it's harder to unblock the system the further down it is and the plumber you arrange to call out.
Plumber checking the drains under a kitchen sink. City Plumbing

4. Get your air conditioner serviced

Getting your Air Conditioner unit checked and serviced before the summer will ensure it can run as effectively and efficiently as possible. There are many factors why you should get your air conditioning inspected, such as:
  • Prevent breakdowns - A well-maintained air conditioner is less likely to break down. This is especially important if you will be away from your property for an extended period of time.
  • Improve efficiency - A regularly serviced air conditioner will be more efficient to run, which means it will use less energy, saving you money on your energy bills.
  • Prolong the life of your air conditioner - Getting your air conditioner regularly serviced can help extend the life of your air conditioner, meaning you won't have to waste money on any potential parts that could break down would need to be replaced.
  • Improve indoor air quality - An air conditioner can help improve indoor air quality by removing pollen, dust and other pollutants from the air. This can help productivity as well as a better, healthier lifestyle overall.

5. Have your sprinkler system inspected

If you have a sprinkler system in your garden, make sure that you or a professional plumber checks the sprinkler system for leaks before the summer. It is highly recommended that you get the sprinkler system adequately inspected, as this will ensure the system is functioning correctly. 
You should also make sure you check for any leaks in the sprinkler heads, as they have the potential to damage your property as a result of water damage severely. As long as you take these preventive measures, you can save some time and money in the long run.
Sprinkler system being used in the garden at City Plumbing
These 5 Common Plumbing Problems will help you keep an eye on them before the summer months to keep you from having too much trouble with plumbing problems. For more expert advice, get in touch with our team or visit your local branch.

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