Tip #1: Check all your toilets
Before anyone arrives on the 4th of July make sure all of your toilets are running properly. At Cass Plumbing, during the summer months, we see an increase in service calls dealing with clogged toilets. Mainly, because kids are out of school and an increase in the number of house guest Tampa homeowners have over.
Look for these signs of toilet problems:
- Strange noises when you flush the toilet
- A toilet that constantly runs
- Do you have to hold the handle down in order for the toilet to flush?
- A small puddle of water around the base of the toilet
Should you encounter an unexpected clogged toilet, the first thing you should do is turn off the water supply to the toilet. This will prevent it from overflowing and causing excessive water damage.
Tip #2: Everything doesn’t belong in the garbage disposal
A common kitchen problem we see during the summer months is garbage disposal repairs. We all like to think that our garbage disposal can handle whatever you place down there. Not that we wouldn’t like to come over and pay you a visit, but that’s the quickest way to get Cass Plumbing in your home during your Fourth of July BBQ.
Avoid putting the following items down your garbage disposal:
- Fruit pits
- Large bones
- Shrimp shells
- Banana peels
- Corn husks
- Potato peels
Tip #3: Check your water pressure
One thing about the residents in the Tampa Bay region, we enjoy our fireworks. Tampa Bay residents love to purchase bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers and other launchers on the 4th of July.
As a safety precaution, we encourage you to check the water pressure for all outside hoses just in case you have to put out a small flame.
Remember what Smokey the Bear use to say…”Only you can prevent wildfires“.
Tip #4: Clean your drains
The only thing worse than a clogged toilet is a clogged drain. You don’t want your houseguest to experience the agony of a flooded bathroom due to a clogged drain.
We don’t recommend using toxic drain cleaners as they will eventually burn a hole in your pipes. Use the ole baking soda and vinegar trick. It’s an eco-friendly way to clean your drains.
Tip #5: Mark off appliances not to be used
Our job as professional plumbers in Tampa Bay is to be there when you need us. Plumbing emergencies happen every day in Tampa and we are only a phone call way. If you experience a stopped up toilet or a clogged drain be sure to let your guest know that those plumbing appliances are out of order.
Place a sign on the door that reads “OUT OF ORDER” or “PLEASE DO NOT USE”. This ensures that an unsuspecting house guest doesn’t try to flush a toilet that is already at the brink of overflowing.
Our professional plumbing opinion
On this Fourth of July, again, we thank the people that have come before us. We also want you to enjoy the sun, the fun, and the fireworks. We wish you a Happy 4th of July & thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you with all of your plumbing needs.
Should you encounter a plumbing emergency and need a professional plumber ASAP give the plumbing professionals at Cass Plumbing a call at 813-265-9200