Plumbing and Drain Challenges Going Back to School!

Back to school plumbing and drain tips

With the kids at home for summer vacation, getting things done around the house— even minor plumbing repairs—can be difficult. Now that they’re back at school, it’s the perfect time to get plumbing and drain repairs done to ensure all the routine maintenance is handled. By getting the work done now, you’ll ensure your home is in great plumbing shape for the busy holiday season. Our back-to-school plumbing and drain checklist takes plumbing maintenance room-by-room and makes it easy!

1. The Kitchen- Plumbing and Drain

The kitchen tends to be a place where the family gathers when all members of the family are home.  When school starts, the mornings get even busier!  By keeping the plumbing to the garbage disposal and dishwasher in good working order, you’ll stay way ahead of any plumbing problems on a busy school morning when you don’t have time for plumbing issues to arise!

The Garbage Disposal Unit is certain to see heavy use during the school year and now would be a great time to do some routine maintenance on it! You can either make a recipe of Baking Soda and Vinegar or using Citrus Fruit, help to clean the unit and make it smell fresh!  Check out our recipes below:

Baking Soda and Vinegar

Pour 1/2 C of baking soda into the disposal

Add 1 C of Vinegar

Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes and run the water to flush the mixture out.  NOTE: Do not use the vinegar solution too often or it will rot the rubber components because it is very acidic.  

Citrus Fruit

Cut a piece of citrus fruit into wedges.  Turn on the water and the disposal unit and then toss the wedges one at a time into the drain.  Citrus oils help clean the unit and make it smell really fresh! 

The Dishwasher just like any laundry appliance has a hose that can become clogged or cracked.  Check the hoses regularly to make sure they are in good condition and aren’t clogged.  Replace the hose every three years.  Saving energy is a bonus if you can only run the Dishwasher when it’s full or choose the half load option if you need to run it with less in time for cereal for breakfast for the kiddos!

2.  The Bathroom- Plumbing and Drain

The bathroom gets more traffic in one hour during a work and school day than the summer months, so it’s important that you realize how much stress and pressure that puts on the plumbing and drain systems and how it makes them susceptible to frequent blockages from hair and soap.  If you need to clear a drain or unclog a toilet, check out our blog posts on what to keep out of your drains or toilet clog hacks if you are running into issues and need a quick fix!  Take a little bit of time to make sure all bathroom drains are clear and running freely to reduce the risk of backups when you need your bathroom the most.  

3. The Laundry Area- Plumbing and Drain

With school clothes and sports uniforms in abundance during the school year. Laundry use is at an all-time high.  Since this is the beginning of the school year,  now is a great time to make sure they are in good condition.  How do you do that?  Well, let’s start with replacing the laundry hoses.  Just like plumbing drains, they get clogged with soap scum and other debris.  You don’t want to flood your laundry room so it is really important to get this done before it’s too late.  Just pull out the hose rinse it out and put it back! It’s that simple!

4. Hot Water System- Plumbing and Drain

If you ask me, everyone wants a hot shower and it’s usually in the morning when life is the craziest on a school day!  To make sure there is enough hot water for everyone, check out the number of gallons you have in your water heater to confirm that what’s installed in your home is sufficient for your family.  Below is our handy chart to see what may be the best fit for you:  

50 Gallon– Family of 3-4 persons

75 Gallon– Family of 4 or more persons

Tankless– Unlimited Hot Water

Once you confirm that your water heater is the right size and determine its Serial Number call the manufacturer for the date of manufacture.  This is important because most water heaters need to be replaced by the 10-year mark.  If you don’t want to get left without hot water, it’s critical to determine how old your water heater is.  If your water heater is Bradford White, you can simply go online click this link and enter your serial number right here for the information.  If you find out you need a water heater, you can obtain an estimate on our water heater quoting feature on our website.  NOTE: **Due to pricing volatility, we are currently providing “estimates”.  Pricing will be confirmed by the office. 

If you are staggering showers or still finding that you are just not getting enough hot water, you may have sediment build-up in your hot water heater!  Check out this link on YouTube showing exactly how to do this safely!  

Water Temperature…..if you have small children it’s important to check the actual temperature of the water that it is not set above 120 degrees.  This makes it much safer and more comfortable for kids just starting to shower and bathe on their own.   

Make BACK TO SCHOOL a rewarding and effortless transition! Check out some of these simple tips to avoid the stresses of Plumbing and Drain Failures on a School Day! If you feel overwhelmed and simply just want someone to take care of this list of plumbing and drain issues for you, don’t google “plumber near me”  just reach out to us here at Rocket Plumbing and Drain as we are happy to help out!  484.986.5517