Summer's here and with more visitors in and out of your home, your bathroom can take a pounding. Bathroom maintenance can ensure that your home is free of insects, mold, and mildew. In summer, leaks can also easily go undetected, and drains and toilets become blocked more easily. Follow Anta Plumbing's guide to summer plumbing maintenance to help prevent these (and other) annoying issues and emergencies.
1. Repair Leaks Right Away
When you notice a leaky faucet, have it seen to right away, or else it becomes a bigger problem. Check your bathtubs, showers, and faucets routinely to check for leaks.
2. Unclog Slow Draining Drains
If your shower, bathtub, toilet, or sink drains slower than usual, it needs urgent plumbing attention. In summer, people tend to lose more hair than in winter. Along with that, we use more sunscreens and lotions that cause an oily sludge to build up inside the drains.
3. Dry It Up
It is always important to clean your sinks, shower, and bathtub to ensure that it looks good. But it is also important to clean up any splashes to prevent mildew. When water leaks into the wood underneath or around your tub or sink, ants are attracted to the smell. You can keep it dry by ensuring that your caulking is sealed properly between tiles and around the rim of your tub.
In summer, ventilation is even more important than in winter. Without proper ventilation, mold grows, causing untold damage to your property and your family's health. Always keep a window open or use a fan to eliminate the buildup of moisture in your bathroom. The shower curtain is usually the first place mold will appear.
5. Avoid Hair in Drains
Hair falling into the sink or shower drain can create a messy trap for all kinds of debris and another build-up. Install a drain strainer to prevent hair from going into the drains.
6. Keep Your Sinks Ant Free
During summer, ants and other insects are searching for food. As hair, dirt and decaying food builds up in the sink, it makes a tasty buffet for creepy critters looking for a snack. Unless you clean out your drains thoroughly and regularly, you will see a line of ants marching through your bathroom in no time.
7. Toilet Train Your Kids
We're not talking about diapers here, but rather a reminder on proper toilet use. Since kids are at home more during summer, the toilets are used more frequently. The onset of summer is a good time to remind your children to use modest amounts of toilet paper. Smaller kids love to see the "magic" in flushing a toilet for the sake of it, so use this opportunity to teach them about water conservation by only flushing the toilet when they actually use it. Thankfully, most common clogs can be cleared fairly easily using a plunger.
Summer is also a good time to save on your energy costs by turning down the heat on your hot water heater by about 10 or more degrees.
If you have a clog or any other type of plumbing issue this summer, don't hesitate to get in touch with Anta Plumbing. Our team of fully trained, licensed, and insured plumbers has all the experience needed to get your system functioning as it should in no time.