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4 Summer Plumbing Tips

summer plumbing tips

If you want to start summer off with a well-functioning plumbing system, the pros at Roman Electric are here to help! Here are some great summer plumbing tips that will ensure that your pipes and plumbing fixtures don’t cause you any problems.

1. Check for Leaks in These Areas

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, household leaks account for 10,000 gallons of water lost per year. To prevent unnecessary water loss and an increase in your water bill this summer, make sure you check for leaks around your home. Inspect these areas specifically:

  • Toilet

The most common reason for a toilet leak is a worn-out flapper. A flapper is a seal in the toilet tank which lifts when you pull the flush lever and allows water to flow into the bowl from the tank. However, if it breaks and develops cracks, water continues to leak through long after you have flushed. This leak can become costly over time—however, its also very easy to fix. Simply find a replacement at your nearest home improvement store and use this guide to install it.

  • Faucet

A faucet leak is usually caused by an old gasket or O ring. You can find replacements at a home improvement store and easily install these new components. Make sure you have the manufacturers manual to help you go through the installation and replacement process.

  • Showerhead

A loose showerhead can lead to leaks escaping through. Simply tighten the showerhead to the stem and use Teflon tape for extra security.

2. Check Water Pressure

It’s important to ensure you have the right and consistent water pressure throughout your home. There are several ways to check the water pressure. If you are on the city supply, you can request a water pressure reading from your local water department. You can also use a pressure gauge by hooking it up to the outside water spigot. The ideal reading should be between 45-55 psi.

3. Use Water Less

Make a plan with your family to lessen your water consumption, so you can consciously practice efficiency and conservation. These methods might be small but can have an impact in the long run!

  • Take shorter showers
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets
  • Turn the sink off when you are brushing your teeth or lathering your hands when washing
  • Turn the shower off when lathering
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let water run for rinsing
  • Install aerators in faucets to reduce excess water flow

4. Avoid Clogs

Clogs are messy business and dealing with one can be really frustrating. Here are some measures to prevent drain and toilet clogs:

  • No objects except for toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet
  • Routinely remove and hair and soap scum from drains. Use a drain hair catcher when showering if you want to be extra careful
  • Use a toilet lid if you have small children—this will prevent the risk of foreign objects going into the toilet drain

If you do end up dealing with clogs, here are some steps you can take to clear them out:

  • Baking soda and boiling hot water is a great mixture to clear out clogs
  • The handy-dandy plunger with an extended flange is ideal for toilets. The cup plunger is best for sink drains.
  • Use a plumbing snake or auger for deeper clogs

Want more summer plumbing tips? Call Roman Electric at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online!

4 Tips to Improve Your Plumbing System

You might not think too hard about your plumbing system’s maintenance needs, and understandably so. Since it tends to play in the background, we don’t pay too much mind to the pipes running through our homes very often. However, just like any other system or appliance in your home, it needs careful attention.

Problems build up in your plumbing system, and once something catastrophic happens, the dam bursts (no pun intended). That’s why it’s important to take steps at home to extend the life of your system and ensure it stays as efficient as possible. We’ve got a few ways you can do that – just keep reading!

Identify Location of Your Water Main

Given that we’re in Milwaukee, we’re used to dealing with frigid temperatures that can freeze our pipes. When that happens, it’s imperative that you locate where the water main that feeds into your home is located. Should a pipe-freezing situation be at hand, you’ll need to shut off the water as quickly as possible.

If you wait too long, you’ll run the risk of frozen pipes, which carry their own risk of leading to bursting pipes – a much more stressful situation. This doesn’t take long to do, and you’ll be glad you did if the situation calls for it.

Clear Gutters and Downspouts

Did you know your plumbing system isn’t just limited to the pipes in your home? Gutters count, as do the downspouts on the exterior of your home. If these aren’t cleared out, then they will get clogged and leave unpleasant, hazardous standing water around your home.

Just take a few minutes one afternoon to clear it all out and avoid running this risk.

Avoid Pouring Chemicals Down Toilets

One of the most frustrating things any homeowner will experience is a clogged toilet. It’s irritating, and you know that you can’t just ignore it, so you might be tempted to pour something like a drain cleaner in there to soften it up.

Don’t do that! Those types of solutions use oxidizing (or caustic) chemicals such as lye to break down clogs, and those chemicals aren’t suitable for toilets. They can crack the porcelain and end up harming your home more than helping. Just use a traditional snake or augur cleaner instead.

Insulate Pipes

We probably didn’t need to mention this given that we live in the northern United States, but just in case – make sure your pipes are insulated! As we mentioned and as you undoubtedly know, frozen pipes are an epidemic up here.

Take some insulation and wrap it around any exposed pipes in your home to provide some extra protection during the winter. Your pipes will be less likely to freeze and burst, meaning you can sleep soundly when the temperatures plummet.

Roman Electric: Here for All Your Plumbing Needs

When the going gets tough, we get going. Roman Electric is experienced and equipped to help you with whatever plumbing problems you encounter, and you can count on us to get the job done right the first time.

Give us a call at 414-369-3798 for professional electrical, HVAC or plumbing solutions.