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Summer Plumbing Tips


     It’s summer.  The kids are home from school, and you’re taking time off to enjoy the beautiful weather.  You and your family may be relaxing, but your home plumbing system is hard at work to keep up with all the gardening, cookouts, and sandy beachwear.  Here are some tips to help you keep that peaceful feeling:


  • Take Care of Your Washing Machine – Check the washing machine hoses for leaks or bulges, and remember that they should be replaced every three years.  Shake excess sand or dirt off of clothing before you put it in the washer to help prevent clogs.
  • Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal – Large or fibrous food items, such as watermelon rinds, corn cobs, and banana peels, aren’t meant to go down the garbage disposal.  Run cold water for 15 seconds before and after you run the disposal, and make sure to run it as you put food down it.  Don’t wait until it’s full.
  • Turn It Down – Turning your water heater temperature down can not only save money but also keeps little hands from being burned.  The Department of Energy recommends setting it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Garden Smart – While watering your lawn or garden, be sure not to yank on the hose.  It seems innocent enough, but it can cause damage to or even break the water spigot.  Keep your eyes open while mowing your lawn, and avoid running over sprinkler systems or clean out drains.


     Here’s wishing you and yours a safe and happy summer on behalf of A&W Plumbing and Heating, Inc!

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