How to Protect Your Drains During the Summer Season

During certain times of the year, you will need to pay special attention to your plumbing system. In the summer, there are some unique needs based on the fact that the kids are likely out of school and outdoor activities are more prevalent. Follow these tips for taking care of your plumbing system during the summer. 

Don't Clog Your Drains During a Cookout

Barbecues occur often during the summer season, which could increase the risk of having a clogged drain. Make sure that when you are preparing food at home during a cookout, you don't put anything down the drain or garbage disposal that shouldn't be there. If you are cooking hamburgers or hot dogs, don't bring the barbecue grate inside to wash in your kitchen sink, and avoid putting fibrous foods like fruit peels and celery down the garbage disposal. Follow all the same rules you would the rest of the year, including running the disposal with cold water, wiping plates off in the trash before washing them, and never pouring oil or grease down the drain.

Rinse Off Sand Outside

Sand is a major contributor to drain clogs in the summertime, so make sure the kids are rinsed off thoroughly outside before letting them take a shower. If you fail to do this, the sand on their feet, on their hands, and in their hair is going to enter the water in the drain, clump up, and cause a clog somewhere. It is also a good idea to rinse off towels and swimsuits outside to get rid of most of the sand before putting them in the washing machine. A lot of sand can also cause problems with your washing machine, which would then require some expensive repairs.

Have a Plumber Inspect the Drains

Since everyone is spending more time at home during the summer, it makes sense that all the drains in your house are used more often, including with the washing machine, dishwasher, sinks, and showers. It is a good idea to have a plumber inspect your plumbing system and look for any potential signs that your drains are going to give you a problem. If drains are starting to run slow, now is a good time to have them cleared by a plumber, instead of waiting until you have a full-blown clog on your hands. It is also good to routinely have the system inspected, and summer is a good time to do it.