Tips for Avoiding 3 Common Summer Plumbing Problems

When the dog days of summer arrive, you’d think that the need for an AC replacement or an AC repair in New Port Richey, FL, would be the most common issue homeowners face. While cooling system problems are prevalent, the warmer months are prime time for plumbing problems!

Lucky for Tampa Bay residents, Cornerstone Pros offers the expert services homeowners need to address both AC and plumbing issues! With our team in your corner, surviving heat-related home problems is no sweat!

Here are tips for avoiding three of the most common summer plumbing problems.

Washing Machine Overload

Spending days outside and poolside as much as possible are what summer is all about. But when sweat-filled clothing and pool towels take over your hamper, summer fun sure can put a strain on your washing machine. Here’s what you can do to alleviate washing machine overload:

  • Stick to small loads to avoid blockages that can lead to messy overflows.
  • Regularly check the hoses to and from your machine for leaks or kinks.
  • Consider moving your washing machine out a few inches from the wall to reduce the risk of overheating.

Garbage Disposal Disaster

There’s nothing quite like summer weather and outdoor cooking. But this perfect pair can be problematic for your garbage disposal when you throw food scraps in the disposal that don’t belong there. These foods can lead to clogs and blockages; they can damage your disposal and your pipes. The best way to avoid this messy situation is to know what can and can’t go down your garbage disposal. For starters, corn cobs, bones, melon rinds, large fruit pits, cooking oil and grease are all no-nos. Plus, always let cold water run for about 10 seconds before and after you operate your garbage disposal.

Toilet Woes

First, schools were closed and kids were learning from home due to the COVID-19 virus. Now, school is out for the summer. Your house has been filled with your kids for months. While it’s nice to have a full house, it also puts added stress on your plumbing—particularly your toilet. With a higher potential for clogs and backups, it’s essential to keep a plunger and Cornerstone’s number nearby!

To help avoid trouble, educate children on proper bathroom etiquette. This includes using a modest amount of toilet paper and only flushing when there is something to flush. It’s also important that your family members know what they shouldn’t be flushing down your toilet. The list includes baby wipes, food, feminine hygiene products, paper towels and more. Consider creating a list of “Do Not Flush” items, framing it and hanging it in the bathroom.

We’re Here to Help You Get a Handle on Your Plumbing!

If you find yourself face-to-face with a plumbing or AC problem, there’s no need to panic. Cornerstone has the HVAC and plumbing expertise to restore your comfort. Plus, emergencies are no sweat for your budget because we offer $49 emergency plumbing, HVAC or electrical service calls 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call us at 813.995.7558 or fill out our online form today!

Want to protect yourself from losing your cool? We can help with that, too! We perform the thorough AC maintenance Tampa, FL, residents need to keep their cooling system operating at its best all summer long!

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