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Nation's Largest Plumbing and Drain Cleaning Company Says Summer is Time to Protect Pipes

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Roto-Rooter Offers Tips on Summer Plumbing Maintenance

CINCINNATI, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is about making time for things you want to do. But, without taking proper precautions, you may find yourself spending more hours patching pipes than working on your tan. Here are four tips on how to proactively prevent potential plumbing, sewer and drain system problems this season.

  • Dirty clothes are the sign of a successful summer day. They also mean your washing machine is likely working overtime. Check hoses for ruptures and turn valves on and off to test for leaks. Rubber washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
  • Warm weather is the only excuse needed for a cookout. Just be cautious of what you're putting down your garbage disposal -- grease and fats, bones, peels and other stringy foods should be avoided. Also, check for tight and leak-free disposer and dishwasher connections.
  • Don't pay for unused energy. While on vacation, turn down the temperature of your water heater. Also remember any water heater over 11 years old is a candidate to be replaced. Not sure how old yours is? The first four digits of the serial number on the water heater are the month and year it was manufactured.
  • Summer rainwater can expose leaky or broken pipes after it's too late. Excess water in a yard could be the result of a damaged sewer line and may contain waste from the home. Standing water is a breeding ground for insects and germs, and isn't healthy for children or pets. Have a plumber inspect your sewer lines ahead of time to find out if you are susceptible to a backup problem.

Contact your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professionals today, available 24/7, if you are in need of repairs or to ensure that you and your home are ready for summer. Visit to find the branch nearest you and get more tips on how to maintain your home's plumbing system year round.

About Roto-Rooter

Roto-Rooter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemed Corporation, was established in 1935 and is the largest provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in North America. Roto-Rooter operates businesses in more than 111 company-owned territories and more than 500 independent franchise territories, serving 91 percent of the U.S. population and 44 percent of Canada.

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