The heat is soaring in Highland Park, IL, and so is the water usage. Before you’re faced with increased energy usage and plumbing issues, these summer plumbing tips can help keep things in check.

Turn Down the Water Heater

If you’re planning to take a vacation for several days, don’t leave home without turning your water heater temperature down. The stickers on the water heater should instruct you on how to set the temperature, but if you can’t find any, refer to your owner’s manual. In addition to lowering your water heater or turning it off completely while you’re away, you should always keep the setting no higher than 120 degrees.

Use Your Garbage Disposal Wisely

Dealing with a clogged or broken garbage disposal can be an inconvenience. It can also cause unpleasant odors and ruin your indoor air quality. Some foods should never go in the disposal. Never pour grease or put fibrous vegetables like celery and lettuce, coffee grounds, potatoes, pasta, rice, and bones down the garbage disposal. Always run the water when using the disposal and keep the blades sharp with ice.

Inspect Your Washing Machine

Outdoor fun means more dirty laundry in the summer, which is why inspecting your washer and dryer is a must. Check the machine’s hoses for any leaks, bulges, or cracks, and always remove dryer lint regularly. Most rubber washing machine hoses should also be replaced every three years.

Upgrade Small Appliances

Faucets, showerheads, and toilets can all be updated with newer, more efficient models to help reduce water waste. Even making a minor switch to an improved appliance could save you a noticeable amount on your water bill. Just be sure to look for products that meet EPA criteria.

In addition to these tips, the best way to ensure your home’s plumbing systems are in working order is to schedule a professional maintenance. Call Carefree Comfort, Inc. at 847-388-0115 today for all your plumbing installation, maintenance, and repair needs.

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