AugerPros Plumbing Blog

Back To School Plumbing Tips

Back to School Tips

It’s that time of year again!! Back to School! Your daily schedule now entails more people getting showers in a short amount of time and excess laundry and garbage disposal use. Translation- Your plumbing system is going to be in overdrive.

It’s already a chore getting back to the daily grind, waking the kids up early, making them breakfast, and to the bus in time, so the last thing you need is for a plumbing issue to pop up.

Auger Pros Plumbing would like to give you some Back to School plumbing tips to get you through 2021-2022 school year without plumbing problems:
Bathroom Safety:
  • Have you ever been burnt by water that’s too hot? No Bueno! Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120 degrees F.  This will prevent everyone in your home from being scalded in the tub and the sink. This also makes it safer and more comfortable for kids just starting to shower and bathe on their own.
Or Worse yet- a Freezing Shower at 6 am?:
  • Being a girl, I know I love my lengthy showers- But If somebody in your household perpetually takes that 20 minute shower like me, there’s no doubt it will take a while to replenish your hot water supply. If at all possible- We advise our customers that its best to wait at least 15 minutes between each shower. And, it is a good tidbit to know that heating water accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home’s energy budget.  It definitely helped me cut those shower minutes down!
  • The average water heater lasts 8-10 years. If you’ve never done routine water heater maintenance- it may be time to look at a new water heater.  Auger Pros Plumbing installs, gas water heaters, electric water heaters and the top of the line tankless water heaters. If you’re interested in an endless supply of hot water, longevity, saved space, reduced energy costs, and reducing water waste, you may want to consider going tankless.
Laundry Out The Wazoo? :
  • Doing small, frequent loads wastes water. Make sure each load of laundry is full! Heating water for laundry accounts for up to 90% of the cost of washing clothes. Use hot water only for very dirty clothes, and always use cold water in the rinse cycle.
  • Laundry machine hoses should be replaced every 3 years or so, especially if they are rubber. Just like your drains, build up and debris can get clogged in the hose, which can cause a flood (and some hair being pulled out, literally and figuratively).
Garbage Disposal Fiascos:
  • School lunches means more kitchen time and it’s almost guaranteed that your garbage disposal will be working overtime.  Make sure you avoid these bad boys when it comes to putting it down your garbage disposal.
Heavy Bathroom Traffic:

Your bathroom could resemble grand central station on weekday mornings once school starts. Multiple kids could mean back-to-back water usage of the shower, toilets, and sink within a short time that will tax your drains, making them vulnerable to blockages. Spending some time making sure that all your bathroom drains are clear and running freely will reduce the risk of backups when you need your appliances most.

If you have a stubborn clogged drain and are in need of a Hydro Jetting service, Call us! Our expert drain cleaning plumbers will put your system in tip-top shape for the school year.

What is Hydro Jetting?

Accessing a cleanout, an area of the plumbing system that allows a specialist to easily gain access to the pipes, the plumber inserts a hose that’s connected to a tank of water. The hose then has high-pressured water shooting through it into the pipes utilizing a specialized machine that pressurizes water from the tank.

Professional licensed plumbers have the expertise to deliver the right water pressure for the problem at hand, which varies depending on the condition of the pipes. In general, a plumber may pressurize the water up to a 5,000 psi, or more, and deliver as many as 20 gallons of water per minute.

The process of removing buildup involves working with gravity. The majority of home plumbing systems use gravity to pull wastewater out of the home and into the local sewer system. The hydro jetting tool works from the bottom up. Inserted into the downstream portion of the system, it moves upstream, working its way up through the system. As the water scours the pipes, the debris that’s dislodged then moves down, with gravity, safely flushing the debris out of the system.

A new school year can be fun, stressful, and busy for the entire family unit but one thing you don’t have to worry about is that Auger Pros Plumbing is just a phone call away.  We know you don’t have time for Back to School plumbing issues, so we’ll take them off your hands! 

Give us a call today at 214-206-6580 to schedule an appointment and one of our licensed plumbers will get your problem fixed asap!

Mention our hydrojetting coupon when you call in and save some $$$ that can be put towards better things, like school supplies 😊