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Plumbers for New Construction Projects

New Construction Plumbers

Before you start building a home, office building, or warehouse, there are many things to consider for the construction. You need to figure out where to build, which architect to use, what contractor to hire, what to include in the floor plan, and the list goes on and on. With so much to figure out, plumbing is probably the last thing on your mind.

Mathews Plumbing is experienced in providing new construction plumbing all around Eastern Idaho. We have provided services among various types of industries, which include: new home developments, industrial buildings, office buildings, medical offices, or agricultural facilities.

No matter the structure or industry, we’ll show you that plumbing can be a thing of beauty – installed with the highest attention to detail, best quality materials and service, and minimal stress for you. Don’t make plumbing another stress on your plate.

New Construction Process

New Construction plumbers in Idaho FallsWhen building your project, it’s important to choose a plumber who will get the job done right the first time and provide all plumbing material necessary for your project’s completion. We’ll work closely with the contractor to get plumbing laid out in the proper order and make sure every facet of the house seamlessly works together. We have experience assisting in the construction of many different types of buildings.

Commercial

Over the years, Mathews Plumbing has provided plumbing for brand new commercial buildings like Chick-fil-A in Idaho Falls and Racin’ Station in Victor. Some bigger commercial projects we have done include Golden Valley Natural and Western States Equipment in Pocatello. Building a new business is stressful enough, so we’ll give you one less thing to worry about with high quality, long-lasting plumbing.

Medical

We specialize in plumbing services for dental, veterinary, and medical facilities being built in Eastern Idaho. Our team of medical gas installers and brazers are able to provide any gas pipeline or vacuum system needed for your new medical office. Medical gas Installers are properly certified and updated every six months to to ensure all systems we install meet national safety requirements.

Take a look at some of our past medical gas installations for newly constructed medical facilities.

Residential

No matter the size of the development, Mathews provides excellent plumbing services for your residential project. In the past, we have installed plumbing for assisted living homes, apartment complexes, and housing subdivisions.

Click here to view photos from past residential plumbing projects.

Heating and Cooling

Mathews Plumbing also provides professions heating and cooling services for your new construction project. Heating and cooling systems are important this time of year as harsh Idaho winters make it impossible to live comfortably without an effective heating system in your home. Mathews Plumbing will install central heating units, HVAC, etc to keep you warm all winter long.

View highlights of past new construction projects and the extensive plumbing provided. Contact Mathews Plumbing online for more information on new construction services, or give us a call at (208) 357-3439.

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What is Backflow?

Plumbing is such an integral part of any building and prevention of backflow problems is within everyone’s best interest. Mathews Plumbing & Heating is fully aware of how backflow is a problem better avoided and prevented. As a way to help make sure that backflow doesn’t occur, Mathews Plumbing & Heating offers premier backflow prevention.

What is Backflow?

While it isn’t inevitable for back flow to occur, it is an event that is better when prevented. Back flow is when the water in your pipes should be flowing one way but a series of circumstances stop the pipes from correctly draining the water and it end up flowing backwards. Think of it as two showers on different levels. The shower on the higher level, if not draining properly, can cause the lower shower to fill with its dirty water due to backflow. Backflow occurs when a liquid, such as water, is forced to flow opposite its normal flow.

Why Does Backflow Occur?

Water systems are designed to apply the correct amount of pressure to ensure the water flow goes to the appropriate valves, appliances, and faucets and not backwards. When that pressure is interrupted or lessened to a significant point, the lack of pressure allows the water to flow opposite of its design function. This can be caused by broken or frozen pipelines or a high demand on the available water.

Backflow Prevention

In order to prevent back flow from occurring, a device is installed to regulate and ensure that dirty water doesn’t go where it shouldn’t. The best prevention for back flow is to create air gaps or spaces between devices that open to plumbing. Be sure your back flow prevention is current and still doing its job properly so you don’t have to deal with the dirty water of back flow. Mathews Plumbing offers quality backflow prevention services, so that you don’t have to worry about the status of your plumbing.

If you need help with Backflow problems, let Mathews Plumbing take your stresses away. Request a plumber today.

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Summer Maintenance Tips

5/22/2018

Now that the winter is over, it’s time to check up on your plumbing. Harsh winter months can take a toll on your pipes, causing unprotected pipes to easily freeze, crack, and burst.

Make this summer stress free by checking now for cracks and burst pipes before the damage gets worse.

Check for Leaks

If your home has had pipes freeze and burst over the winter, it’s important to get them fixed immediately. Failing to do so can lead to flooding, water damage, money loss, and even greater damage to your pipes later.
Many leaks are easy to detect as they create visible water damage on walls and ceilings, and flooding in the home.

If no visible signs of leaks are present, you can perform your own analysis to detect hidden burst or leaking pipes.

Use your Water Meter to check for leaks caused by winter freezes

Detect leaks by using your water meter:

  1. Shut off all faucets and running water in the house. All running water needs to be stopped to clearly detect a leak.
  2. In your water meter, you’ll notice a small triangle or spin dial. In the picture shown, this dial is the blue star. This small dial indicates when water is moving in your pipes, so any movement may be a sign of a leak.
  3. Try to find where the leak is by looking for signs of water damage in your yard or in the home.
  4. If you’re still not sure where the leak is coming from, call Mathews Plumbing to have a professional plumber look at it.

Inspect Gutters

Frozen gutters during winter

During the fall and winter months, gutters collect a lot of leaves and debris which clog the drainage system. To make sure spring rains will properly drain, clear all gutters and downspouts of this debris.

Harsh winter freezes and heavy snow piles can cause damage to common roofline gutter systems. After the snow has cleared, make sure to inspect all gutters for any damage from the harsh freezes. Gutter seams and anchors may also be loose or broken, pay especially close attention to these spots.

 

Contact Mathews Plumbing for additional information about burst pipes, hidden leaks, and summer plumbing maintenance. Mathews Plumbing will be able to locate the leak, fix the broken pipe, and prevent any further damage.

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How to Keep Your Home Cool

5/4/2018

Summer is just around the corner! Everyone’s ready for backyard BBQs, ice cream, and pool days, but what about the heat?

Along with high temperatures, summer brings a never-ending search for ways to cool down, running the air conditioning all day, and high energy costs. View Mathews’ Cooling options.

Mathews Plumbing has a few tricks up their sleeves to help you easily handle the heat this summer. Keep your home cool with these simple tricks.

1. Seal Doors & Windows

sealing windows to better insulate your home

You might not realize it, but exterior doors, windows, and roofs constantly leak air out of your home. It’s important to seal any cracks in your window and door frames to ensure the cool air your HVAC unit is working hard to make stays inside.

If you have a window A/C unit, make sure to seal and insulate the empty space between the unit and window frame. Side panels and insulation are easy ways to seal this space.

2. Protect Your Windows

The summer sun can quickly heat up the inside of your home, especially with heat rays that come in through window panes. These heat rays add extra heat inside your home, so it’s important to shade your windows and prevent further heat from coming in.
An easy fix is using a low-emission film on your window panes to block off heat and keep cool air in. This film is especially effective on south facing windows that are most prone to sunlight.

Closing the blinds, shutters, or curtains on the south side of your home will also reduce sun exposure and naturally cool your home.

Curtains and shutters can shade heat coming in from windows

3. Maintain Your Air Conditioning

If you are running your cooling unit extra hard to fight the heat, you probably have build up in your ducts and filters, along with other issues only a professional eye can spot. Getting your unit checked every other year will save you a lot of grief when your overworked A/C breaks on a hot summer day.

Contact Mathews Plumbing to schedule a time to have your A/C unit professionally inspected.

When away from home, you can turn the thermostat up a few degrees or completely off to give the unit a break. Doing so will also save a few dollars on your energy bill.

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4. Replace Air Filters

Air filters should be replaced regularly, about every 6-12 months. An old air filter will clog ducts, forcing your cooling system to work harder.
Failing to regularly change your filter allows dirt to leave the filter and re-enter the air in your home. Make sure there is no debris in your air filters for healthy, cool air.

5. Change Your Fan

Changing the direction of your fan will drastically change the temperature of your home. In the winter months, ceiling fans should be adjusted to spin clockwise to circulate rising heat back down into the room.
Now the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to adjust the fan again. Adjust the ceiling fan to spin counter-clockwise to create a cool breeze in the room. A counter-clockwise spinning fan can make the room feel 10 degrees cooler and save money on central cooling.

The direction your fan should spin in winter and summer, how to keep your home cool

6. Cook Outside

During the summer months, try to cook outside the home more often. Using the oven inside can quickly heat your home, drastically changing the indoor temperature.

Get the most out of pleasant, summer evenings by spending time BBQing outside instead of releasing even more heat inside your home.

7. Air Conditioning Alternatives

To save money on air conditioning, there are a few excellent alternatives that work just as well and are less expensive.Whole house fan in the attic can save money in the summer and cool your home

One option is a whole house fan, which is placed in the attic or the ceiling of your top floor. The whole house fan brings air from the outside and ventilates it to cool the whole house. This fan can save energy and save money on air conditioning.

Evaporative coolers are another effective way to cool your home on a budget. This system pulls air from the outside and with the help of evaporated water, blows cool air and humidity into the home. It works best in dry areas and uses less electricity, saving you a lot of money in the summer.

Keep your home cool this summer by following these few simple tricks.

 

For more information about how to keep your home cool in the summer, contact Mathews Plumbing and check out their Idaho air conditioning options. Call us at 208-357-3439!

3 Ways to Fix a Clogged Toilet

4/13/2018

Are you struggling with a clogged toilet? If you’re trying to flush your toilet and nothing happens, or the bowl fills with water, don’t worry!

As inconvenient and annoying as it is, toilet emergencies are a fact of life, and most can be easily fixed. With a couple easy steps, your toilet will soon be functioning properly.

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How to Easily Unclog a Toilet

If you find yourself flushing your toilet, and the bowl fills with water or nothing happens, it’s most likely a simple fix clog.

The most important thing you can do in this situation is don’t flush a second time. Forcing the toilet to flush again releases gallons of water into the toilet bowl and will cause an overflow. A second flush will only create another disaster, in addition your current problem.

Remember: don’t flush again!

Here are a couple solutions to fix your clogged toilet. All solutions will effectively get rid of the clog, but take various amounts of time and effort to get rid of the clog completely.

We’ll start with the easiest method, and recommend you walk through each step as you try to fix the clog.

 

1. Unclog with Dish Soap

No plunger? No problem, use dish soap! This method is the easiest and least messy of all our solutions, but it will take about 30 minutes for the solution to work properly. If you are in a hurry, we recommend skipping ahead to next method.

  1. Wait about 10-15 minutes before trying to unclog the toilet, as some water might drain on its own.
  2. Squeeze a lot of liquid dish soap, about one cup, or pieces of bar soap into the toilet bowl.
  3. Fill a bucket with hot water and carefully pour hot water into the toilet bowl without overflowing it. The hot water will dissolve the dish soap and will act as a lubricating agent to un-wedge the clog.
  4. Wait another 15 minutes for the soap to dislodge the clog.
  5. The water level will go down after 15 minutes, so pour more hot water into the bowl to restart the lubrication process.
  6. After another 15 minutes of waiting, you can flush the toilet and the clog will be gone!

 

2. Unclog with a Plunger

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If the dish soap doesn’t slide the clog out of the way, you’ll need a plunger. Plungers fit over the toilet drain and will force water down the drain and dislodge the debris clogging the drain.

Before you try plunging, make sure your first plunge is soft. The plunger is full of air and a hard push will release a massive air bubble in the clogged toilet bowl, causing a large amount of water to splash back at you.

  1. Wait 10-15 minutes, as some water might drain on its own.
  2. Place your plunger into the toilet bowl and rest the mouth of the plunger into the mouth of the toilet drain.
  3. Softly push the plunger into the mouth of the drain, and then give a few stronger pulses to heave the debris down the drain.
  4. Repeatedly plunge a few times until the drain is clear.

 

3. Unclog with an Auger

If your toilet is still clogged after using a plunger, try using a toilet auger, or toilet snake to extend into the drain and unclog the problem. The claw of the snake will break up whatever’s clogging the drain, or will pull the material back up, out of the way.

  1. Place the claw of the auger in the toilet drain.
  2. Crank the handle until the auger feels tight, as it has dislodged the clogged debris.
  3. Wait until the water starts to recede.
  4. Slowly pull the auger back out.

If your toilet is still clogged, the clog might be a more advanced problem for a professional to help with.

A chronically clogged toilet is caused by drain failure and should be examined by a professional plumber. If your toilet has had chronic clogging, it should be examined by a professional, as the problem might be more serious or be caused by pipe damage.

Call Mathews Plumbing at 208-357-3439 for further help or to schedule an examination of your toilet drain.

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Save 50% on Heating This Winter

2/13/2018

Is your heating bill stressing you out this winter? Save money on heating!

Heating your home in the winter can be expensive, and 42 percent of the average American’s utility bill is solely from heating costs.

As the weather gets cooler, don’t waste all of your money overworking your heating system. Most of these costs are due to wasted energy that can easily be prevented to cut costs.

Follow some of these simple tricks to save money on heating.Programmable thermostat to save money on heating costs

Prevent Heat Loss

Much of the heat produced by your heating system is lost through cracks, windows, doors, and the roof. This can be stopped by adding insulation to your home, or improving the quality of your home’s insulation.

This process can sometimes be expensive, but some easy, inexpensive fixes might be as simple as adding insulation to your attic access door, or using carpet to insulate tile, wood, or linoleum floors.

Another method is to add an insulator film to your windows. This film reflects heat back into your home and blocks any heat escaping through the glass of your windows. This film has proven to on heating costs.

Insulate windows to save money on heating costs in the winterAlmost 25% of all heat is lost through air leaks in your doors and windows. You can reduce these leaks by replacing old weather strips on doors and windows, making sure  windows are securely closed, and replacing old windows frames.

If there is a gap under your door, door seals can be a great help to stop warm air from leaking out. Taking the time to seal these small gaps alone can save you 10% on your heating bill.

Turn it Down at Night

At night or when you’re away from home, turn down your thermostat a few degrees. Turning the thermostat down even by one degree at night can save you 3% a month.

Programmable thermostats allow you to program an automatic temperature drop at night. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will also save you money and reduce heating energy. Nest’s Learning Thermostat is expensive, but can program itself to shut off the air when you don’t need it, and use heat wisely. It has proven to reduce heating energy and reduce users’ heating bills by 10-12%.

Change the Air Filter

Another simple trick is to change your air filter regularly. A dirty, old filter forces your heating system to work harder than it needs to, and wastes unnecessary energy. Changing the filter every three to six months will save you 7% on your heating bill.

Reverse the Ceiling Fan

During the winter months, ceiling fans should be changed to spin clockwise. This may seem like an odd trick, but it can save you up to 8% on your bill. As hot air rises, the ceiling fan will blow hot air back down and prevent it from escaping through the ceiling.

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Seal Air Ducts

Lastly, make sure that your air ducts are properly sealed, and up to code to prevent major heat loss. Insulating air ducts can increase savings by another 10%. If you’re not sure if your air ducts are properly sealed, Mathews Plumbing can help inspect them.
If you have any questions about other ways to save money on your heating bill, call Mathews Plumbing at 208-357-3439.

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Infographic: Winterize Your Home For The Cold

10/4/2017

Winter is coming! The cold, winter months can cause some devastating damage to your home, it’s important to prepare your home to prevent this damage. We’ll show you how to winterize your home with 6 simple steps you can do today. 

#1 Have a Generator

Cold weather often causes power outages in many communities. In case of this emergency, a generator will allow you to use a space heater to keep your home warm until power comes back on. Don’t risk the cold, save your family with an emergency generator.

#2 Blow Out Pipes

In extreme cold, water in pipes are vulnerable to quickly freezing. When this water freezes, it expands in the pipes and can cause detrimental damage to piping systems. To prevent this, shut off all outdoor water and drain all pipes to remove any excess water and prevent future damage.

#3 Maintain Your Chimney

Winter is the only time of year chimneys are usually used, they are usually ignored the rest of the year. When the chimney is being constantly used, dirt, dust, and creosote, a by product of wood burning can build up. These materials are all highly flammable and as they get stuck in the chimney and flue,  can easily catch fire from the fireplace. To minimize the chance of a chimney fire,  clean your chimney regularly, especially before winter when it will be heavily used. 

#4 Seal Window Gaps

Warm air from inside your home escapes through gaps in windows and doors, also allowing cold air to come indoors. To save money on heating and keep your home warm, seal all windows and apply weather stripping to door gaps. 

#5 Clean Out Gutters

In the fall months, leaves and sticks constantly fall and can easily get stuck in places you don’t always notice, like your roof and rain gutters. Rain gutters are essential in removing snow run off after winter. Before winter hits, clean rain gutters of debris to prevent blockage and leakage problems.

#6 Hire a Plumber

No one knows the effects winter has on a home than your local plumbing and heating experts. Mathews Plumbing is ready to inspect your home’s winter readiness and help you best prepare for the winter months. Call Mathews Plumbing at 208-357-3439 to ensure that your home is prepped for the cold winter months. 

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Choosing The Right Water Heater

9/5/2017

By: Kathryn Hyer

 

The average family uses anywhere between 28 to 56 gallons of hot water per day. With all of this water usage, perhaps one of the most important and overlooked appliances is the water heater. No one seems to notice the water heater until it breaks, leaving you with nothing but cold water, and a broken heater to replace.

Hot water heaters in Idaho are a must have, especially during those cold winter months. There are two types of water heaters you can have in your home, a traditional tank heater, or a modern tankless heater. Knowing the pros and cons of these two types of water heaters will assist you in choosing the right water heater for you and your home.

 

Traditional Water Heaters

Traditional tank heaters store anywhere between 30-50 gallons or water. The preheated water is used whenever someone does the laundry, washes dishes or showers. Once the water is used, the tank refills and reheats again.

Pros:
  • Lower installation cost– Installation of a storage heater unit costs nearly half that of a tankless unit.
  • Inexpensive unit to replace– Storage heater units are less      expensive than tankless, making them a viable option for those on a tight budget.
Cons:
  • Size– The large size of these heaters require more floor space, and can’t be placed outside.
  • Limited water usage– The water in the tank is the only hot water available. Once it’s gone, it’s goodbye hot water and hello cold showers. This happens often with larger families or frequent usage.
  • Short lifespan– Tank water heaters have a lifespan of 10-15 years, nearly half the lifespan of its counterpart. This means       replacement will be needed more frequently.
  • Higher utility bill– Because water is being continuously heated, energy costs for traditional water heaters are higher than that of tankless water heaters.

 

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters use a heat source, usually electricity or gas, to warm up water on an as-needed basis, instead of storing hot water. The water is run through a pipe connected to the heater, where it is heated instantly.

Pros:
  • Unlimited hot water– Never running out of hot water means       never having to take a cold shower again. This is a luxury one could easily get used to.
  • Lower cost overall– Tankless water heaters tend to be 24%-34% more energy efficient than storage tank heaters, saving you money in the long run.
  • Small size– The small size of these units allows them to be placed basically anywhere, even outside.
  • Longer lifespan– The average lifespan of a tankless water heater is 20+ years, making it last twice as long as a traditional storage heater.
Cons:
  • Higher installation cost- These units can cost up to twice as much to install compared to traditional heaters, depending on the model and distributer, costing you more upfront.

 

 Which Water Heater Should You Choose?

Choosing the right water heater for you depends on your budget and lifestyle. If you’re in a large family that uses a lot of water, you may want to consider a tankless heater, so as to never have to worry about running out of hot water. Tankless heaters cost more initially, but will save you money in the long run.

A traditional heater may be the better option for you, though, if you have a limited income and are in need of something fast. Keep in mind, however, traditional water heaters do end up costing more in the long run.

While both tank and tankless water heaters have their pros and cons, neither of them are perfect. Mathews Plumbing and Heating is here for you when things go wrong. Our specialized technicians are the experts on hot water heaters in Idaho, and are trained to inspect and maintain them to ensure your comfort. Give us a call at 208-357-3439 for all of your water heater needs, and we would be happy to assist you.

 

References:

http://www.ragsdaleair.com

http://www.newfoundlandpower.com

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6 Ways To Save Money On Your Air Conditioning

8/4/2017

By: Kathryn Hyer

 

It’s summertime in Southeast Idaho, and chances are your air conditioning bill isn’t the only thing making you sweat. The average AC bill during summer months can be as high as $120, posing the question of how to stay cool without breaking the bank. Read below to learn seven ways to save money on your air conditioning while still keeping cool this summer.

 

1. Open windows during evenings and mornings

By opening your windows in the evenings and early mornings, you allow natural, cool air to flow through your home. Check your local weather forecast to know the best times to open and close your windows.

 

2. Block the sun from your home

Your home will be less likely to overheat if the sun is blocked from entering it. You can prevent the sun from coming into your home and create shade by doing the following:

  • Purchase blackout curtains. These nifty curtains are available in most department stores, and do exactly what it sounds like- block the sun from entering your home.
  • Plant trees. Strategically planted trees will provide shade to your home and block the intense summer sun from increasing the temperature in your home. A more long-term solution, planting trees may seem like a hassle but will ultimately keep your house cooler, saving you more on your AC bill.

 

3.  Use portable fans

Simple as it may seem, utilizing portable fans will increase the airflow in your home without increasing your bill. Portable fans use 80-90% less electricity than air conditioners, making them a nice option for those looking to save money. These fans come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your space.

 

4. Spend more time in the basement

Basements can be anywhere from 2 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of your home, so never underestimate the relief they can provide. Because they are below ground level, the moisture in the soil creates a cool atmosphere, making the basement a nice getaway from the heat.

 

5. Adjust your thermostat

The most efficient setting of your thermostat is 78 degrees during the summer months. This temperature will neither lower or increase your AC bill. However, every degree above 78 has the potential to lower your AC bill by six to eight percent. Take care not not to lower your thermostat dramatically and then forget about it, resulting in a larger AC bill.

 

6. Keep your AC unit maintained

AC repair in Idaho Falls can be expensive, but doesn’t have to be. One of the best ways to save money on your AC is to keep your unit well maintained, in order to avoid costly repairs. Here are the main things you’ll want to look out for with your AC unit:

  • Clean the evaporator drain
  • Change the blower filter at least twice a year
  • Remove debris from interior and exterior of unit regularly
  • Clean the evaporator coil regularly by brushing it off with a toothbrush, and then spraying it with coil cleaner

 

Conclusion

Summer should be enjoyable and not overbearing because of the extreme heat. Take the necessary steps to stay cool and save money this summer! If you need an air conditioning unit installed, need an AC inspection, or would like more tips on how to increase your AC’s efficiency, feel free to give Mathews Plumbing a call today! We offer AC repair in Idaho Falls and its surrounding areas, allowing you to better enjoy the summer and stop sweating about the bill! Call today!

 

References:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/10-easy-steps-to-keep-your-air-conditioning-unit-running-smoothl

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6 Common Summertime Plumbing Problems

7/5/2017

By: Kathryn Hyer

 

Summertime is here, and you know what that means! Kids are running around, grass sprinklers are always in use, and there are cookouts galore. While summertime is fun and exciting, there are a few plumbing issues which are more prevalent during this season than any other. Read below to know what these problems are and how to avoid them.

1) Clogged Garbage Disposal

Warmer weather means more barbeques, more barbeques means more food, and more food means more frequent use of the garbage disposal. Simply put, the best way to avoid damaging your garbage disposal is to be careful about what you put in it.

Solution: Fruit rinds, bones and husks should be thrown in the garbage, not the disposal. By running cold water through the drain for 10 to 15 minutes before and after each use, you can clear the drain and prevent a bigger plumbing problem. Likewise, being careful of what you put down your disposal will save you a big headache down the road.

2) Clogged Toilets

If you have school-aged children in your home, chances are they’re pretty excited to be out of school for the summer. Having kids home more often means more toilet usage, and likely more clogged toilets due to the increased use.

Solution: Take the time to educate your children about the importance of proper toilet usage. Teach them how much toilet paper to use, and what not to flush down the toilet.

3) Sprinkler Issues

After sitting for months on end without being used, automatic sprinklers are prone to have more issues and leaks. Automatic sprinkler heads also tend to suffer more abuse during the summer months due to more frequent lawn mowing.

Solution: Make sure to check your sprinkler heads for any damage and replace them when necessary. Avoid driving over sprinkler heads with a lawn mower. Also, check your sprinkler hose for any leaks at the beginning of summer and check it periodically.

4) Inefficient Sump Pumps

If you live in a home that is prone to flooding, chances are you probably have a sump pump. Summer rainstorms can be relentless and damaging if you’re not prepared for them.

Without a proper sump pump, unwanted water can leak into your sewage system and also cause flooding in your home.

Solution: Make sure that your sump pump is in proper, working condition. It’s a good idea to have your sump pump inspected regularly to avoid any kind of damage in the future.

5) Backed Up Shower Drain

It’s no secret that sand can be pretty messy. After a fun day at the beach, sand not only gets tracked into the house, but ultimately into the shower, where it can cause buildup and slower drain times.

Solution: Many public swimming areas have a public shower you can use to rinse off afterwards. Be sure to rinse off at the beach before coming home, to avoid tracking sand into your bathrooms and showers. Also, utilizing a drain cover is beneficial to help prevent larger objects, such as pebbles or seashells, from slipping down the drain.

6) Overworked Washing Machine

During the summertime, your washing machine is likely running overtime to keep up with all of your outdoor activities. Such frequent use of the washing machine can cause issues to arise.

Solution: Run smaller loads to avoid blockages and overflows. Also be sure to regularly check the hose for leakage.

Conclusion:

Don’t put a damper on your summer fun by having to worry about your plumbing. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to avoid these plumbing problems, so you can have a carefree and fun-filled summer. As always, give Mathews Plumbing a call at 208-357-3439 if you have any problems, or need a preliminary plumbing inspection. We’re here for you to ensure you have a worry-free summer!

 

References:

https://www.johncflood.com/blog/plumbing/solutions-summer-plumbing-problems

http://www.anchorpumps.com/blog/7-most-common-summer-plumbing-problems/#.WV0DPLzys0E