The leisurely days of summer are coming to an end, and soon your children will be returning to school. In a typical household, school days are busy days, with many members of the family hustling to get out of the house at the same time. Waking early in the morning, members of the household pile into the bathrooms for showers, tooth brushing and other preparatory activities. Once in the kitchen, everyone sits down for a loud and chaotic breakfast before quickly doing the dishes and running out the door.
This fast and dirty schedule can lead to plumbing problems. Getting your home’s plumbing ready for the coming school season can help your mornings go more smoothly when the time comes.
Good water heater performance is critical when multiple showers are taken in the morning. If your water heater is older, it may be inefficient and less able to perform in a way that meets your home’s needs. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your water heater functioning properly.
Slow drains can make it difficult for many people in the household to use the bathrooms in the morning. Unclogging your shower drains and sink drains before the school year begins can shorten the length of time that people must spend in the bathroom when they’re getting ready in the morning. Clearing a slow drain is easy to do with a few household supplies.
To clear most slow drains, bend a clothes hanger into a hook shape and use the hook to remove the hair and debris just inside the drain. Once the hair is gone, use hot water, vinegar and soda to clear out any remaining sludge from the. This process is described more in-depth in our old post on the subject.
You’ll need your garbage disposal to be in tip-top condition when it’s time to clear the dishes at breakfast. To clean your garbage disposal, pour ice and salt into the unit and run the disposal to sharpen the blades and remove any debris from the inside of the disposal.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we help our customers maintain their plumbing throughout the summer as well as the school year. If you’re concerned that your home’s plumbing, water heater or garbage disposal simply isn’t up to the task of keeping your household running smoothly, now is the time to get professional help. Call us today for an appointment at 412-364-9114.