Warm weather means fun and relaxation, but all the barbecuing, visitors and kids home from school can do a number to your plumbing.
Here’s how to protect your plumbing during this season of heavy use.
Teach Your Children Well
With your kids home for the summer (and given the quarantine, they may have been home a while now) you’ll want to get them up to speed on plumbing basics.
If your kids are old enough to be home alone, show them where the main shutoff valve is so that they know where to find it in the event of an emergency. Also, teach them how to use a plunger to bust up clogs. (Extra credit if they know the difference between a toilet plunger and sink plunger.)
Don’t Use Your Toilet Like a Garbage Can
Summer means that means a lot of people are in and out of your house. All that socializing can be tough on your toilets. Make sure your guests and kids know what not to flush. These include:
Cotton pads and swabs
Hand wipes and baby wipes, even if they say they can be flushed
Feminine hygiene products
Kitty litter (even if it says it can be flushed)
Pills or medications
Keep a trash bin accessible in every bathroom so these items end up in the garbage and not your toilet.
Keep These BBQ Foods Out of the Disposal
Father’s Day is the official kickoff of summer barbecue season, a cherished tradition going back generations of grillmasters. While a garbage disposal makes quick work of cleaning up, there are certain foods that absolutely should not go down the drain. These include:
Potato and macaroni
Bones are hard on blades. Corn husks and other stringy vegetables can jam up the works. And starchy foods expand in water to make a stubborn clog. This foodstuff makes for rich fertilizer, so toss them in the compost pile instead.
Keep It Clean
All the extra summertime activity in your home will dirty up your drains. Prevent build-up in your pipes by flushing them with a mixture of water, baking soda, and vinegar. Simply, mix, pour, and flush with hot water to help purge your drains naturally without harsh chemicals.