Winter is over, and the temperatures are starting to warm up. Along with all the other projects you have going on around the house, don't forget to spend some time on your plumbing. Your plumbing might have been neglected over the winter, which could cause some problems for you in the next few months. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to provide your plumbing with the care it needs and to ensure that everything is ready for summer. Here are just three of those steps to help you get started.
Service the Disposal
If your garbage disposal is more than a few years old, you might think that you need to replace it. Luckily, that's not the case. You can actually get quite a few years out of your garbage disposal with proper service and care. Starting the summer with a clean garbage disposal will help you to avoid clogs and odors. In addition to cleaning your garbage disposal, you should also take the following steps during your summer parties. First, avoid putting things like eggshells and potato peels down the disposal. Second, always use cold water to process food through the garbage disposal. Hot water will cause fats and grease to stick to the sides of the drains. Once the food has been processed, you can flush the drain with hot water. Finally, have a plumber come out to service your garbage disposal and sharpen the blades.
Check the Gas Lines
If it's been a while since you've had your gas lines inspected, it's time to call a plumber. You might not realize this, but your gas lines should actually be inspected once a year, especially if you live in an area that experiences frigid winters. An annual gas line inspection will help to identify problems that could pose safety risks for you and your family.
Get the Water Heater Serviced
Finally, now that winter is over, and you're getting ready for the summer, take this time to have your water heater serviced. There are a couple of reasons this is an important step to take. First, you might not be taking as many hot showers during the summer, which means you can turn the thermostat down on your water heater. Second, you might be doing more laundry during the summer, which means you'll need to take care of any repairs before you're left without any hot water at all.
If you need plumbing assistance, talk to a plumber in your area.