It’s not just during winter’s freezing temperatures that you need to consider the plumbing in your home. The Summer season brings with it heat and humidity, and along with that come different challenges. This article contains some tips for maintaining the plumbing in your home over the Summer season.
Tips to reduce your water usage
Water usage in a typical home often increases by up to 50% during the summer due to the rising temperatures. There are ways you can help minimise this increase.
If you need to water your garden, the best time to do this is in the early morning or evening. Watering your garden during the day means that more water is lost due to evaporation from the heat.
When the weather warms up, you tend to crave long hot showers a little less than during the freezing months. Shortening the length of time you take to shower by 2 minutes will reduce the amount of water you use over time significantly. You can save even more water by using your towels more than once before laundering.
You can also reduce water consumption by filling your empty plastic drinks bottles with water. The bottle may hold the same amount of water if you purchase it or fill it yourself, but it actually takes 3 to 5 times more water to produce one disposable plastic bottle.
There are many ways to reduce your water footprint, you can find out more here.
Tips for washing machine maintenance
It sometimes feels like laundry never ends, particularly in the Summer season. Typical summer adventures often involve lots of sand and mud. Most household washing machines and drainage systems are not made to cope with large amounts of debris. So try to wash yourself, and your clothes down outside before stepping inside to wash properly. This will remove the larger chunks of debris. Your drains and washing machine will thank you for it!
It’s also important to make sure that you inspect your washing machine hoses regularly. A burst washing machine hose has the potential to cause serious water damage in the home.
When you empty your appliances such as the washing machine or dishwasher, you should always leave the doors open allowing air to circulate, which helps to avoid unpleasant smells.
Maintenance tips when going on holiday
If you are taking a vacation during the summer for anything more than a couple of days then you should consider turning off your water heater to save energy.
It is also a good idea to arrange for a trusted friend or neighbour to check in on your property regularly, an undetected leak while you are away could be costly if you have to call out a local plumbing service to make repairs. If you are going away for an extended period, then turning off your water mains and draining your tanks are recommended. Then you will be able to enjoy your holiday and knowing that you aren’t going to come home to flooded home. Just remember that turning off your water will make watering your garden whilst you are away just a little more difficult.
These handy summer plumbing maintenance tips should help you to save money and also reduce your water footprint, being kinder to the environment.