Quick Back-to-School Plumbing Tips

We know that when a new school year starts, your daily routine tends to change: increased loads of laundry, more showers in shorter periods of time, extra use of the garbage disposal, etc. This means your home’s plumbing system is likely to see an increase in usage.

It’s hard enough getting the kids ready for school in the morning and getting them to school on time, so there is no time for your plumbing to act up.

Here are a few plumbing tips to get you through this school year to help avoid plumbing mishaps:

Let’s talk about bathroom safety…

  • 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.

  • You’ll want to purchase a non-slip bathmat for your tub(s). You can easily pick one up from your local home improvement or department store! This will help reduce the risk of anybody slipping in the tub.

How to avoid the “no hot water dilemma,” after just one shower:

  • If somebody in your household perpetually takes that 20 minute shower, there’s no doubt it will take a while to replenish your hot water supply. We advise our customers to wait at least 15 minutes between each shower. Also, it’s good to know that heating water accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home’s energy budget.

  • Most water heaters last eight to 12 years and if you haven’t had any water heater maintenance you might be due for a new water heater. While we do install tank water heaters, we also install tankless water heaters. If you’re interested in an endless supply of hot water, reduced energy costs, longevity in the system, saved space and reduce water waste, you may want to consider going tankless!

Laundry Advice

  • You should replace your laundry machine hoses every three years or so, especially if they are rubber. Just like your drains, build up and debris can get clogged in the hose, which could cause a leak, or even worse, a flood.

  • Make sure each load of laundry is full! Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water; use hot water only for very dirty clothes, and always use cold water in the rinse cycle.

Take care of your garbage disposal!

  • With all of the lunches and dinners being made, it’s almost guaranteed that your garbage disposal will be put to work. Make sure you avoid putting the following foods down your garbage disposal: grease, fats, oil, egg shells, pasta, rice, potatoes, bones, stringy or fibrous foods, pits or seeds, and coffee grounds.


A new school year can be hectic for the entire family, but if there is one thing you don’t have to stress about it’s that Pipe Masters is always here for you. We know you don’t have time for plumbing issues, so we’ll take them off your hands! Call us today for expert services in the Long Beach area and throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and let us help you with your plumbing needs!

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