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Preparing Your Plumbing For The Heat Of The Summer

Summer is quickly approaching here in Myrtle Beach, so it’s important to stay on top of everything that’s going on in your home. The summer months tend to be a bit crazy with guests visiting and the kids being on vacation. This leads to your toilets being used more often, which can cause issues. Below are a thing things we recommend doing before those months arrive to ensure that your plumbing system continues to perform the best it can.

Clogs Are Coming…

Now, this may seem pretty obvious, but it’s important to have a plunger on hand at all times. They are inexpensive, can be stored in a closet and handle common clogs. Children tend to overuse toilet paper and can flush some strange things down the toilet, so be prepared for any clog that may occur. If a plunger cannot handle the job, perhaps it’s time to call your local plumber to address the situation.

Drains & Disposals

In addition to toilet clogs, sinks that back up or disposals that malfunction can also be frustrating. Hair build-up in bathroom sinks and bathtubs are quite common. To prevent a clog from occurring, we recommend buying drain filters. As far as garbage disposals go, they can’t process every type of food waste. Avoid grease, oil or fats that can thicken over time.

The Hot Water Heater

The hot water heater is something that we most often take for granted and do not notice unless it is not working properly. There’s nothing worse than hopping into the shower only to be surprised by a stream of ice cold water. Please inspect for rust and corrosion and feel underneath the unit for water leaks. The average lifespan of a water heater is roughly 10-15 years, so regular maintenance can go a long way.

As always, if you experience any plumbing issues that you cannot fix yourself, please give 9-1-1 Plumbing of Myrtle Beach a call at any time!