5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun
Summer is around the corner, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July entertainment and other outdoor events are probably part of your seasonal plans. But before you finalize the summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is equipped for higher use.
A plumbing crisis while hosting guests is an inconvenience that will undoubtedly dampen your summer groove. So, the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has provided some worthwhile plumbing maintenance tips. Try them promptly to better assure your summer fun will be as relaxing as planned.
1. Examine your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems
Emerging from winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to overlook the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s actually an easy place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Damaged sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be counted on more often to keep your grass healthy and your kids cool as they spontaneously run through them for a mid-day refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be evaluated for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outdoor hose spigot leaks can be obvious to spot yourself, a professional can alert you to ones that may occur on the interior of the wall, too.
2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, examine fixtures
Kitchens and bathrooms are your most likely spaces for a plumbing catastrophe. You can begin your review by removing all items below sinks to check drain pipes and the bottom of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets can present clues as well. Mildew, warped wood and old drip spots are symptoms of leaks from either drain pipes or fixtures. Fill sinks with water and observe how quickly the drain operates. All clogs and leaks should be addressed as soon as possible by a professional, and you won’t want to count on liquid agents as a long-term answer for clogs either.
“We strongly discourage homeowners from tackling drain problems with a liquid agent. They may address the clog, but they may also damage plastic or metal pipes,” said BJ Richardson of Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. “A professional can clean out all your drains, fix a bad one and bring peace of mind with a warranty.”
3. Don’t leave out your sump pump
Summer produces mild weather but also heavy rain in some areas of the country. Those rains can produce floods in basements if your sump pump is not ready. A properly functioning system minimizes the potential for mold and water damage that can occur even from minimal soil seepage throughout the year. The pump should be professionally inspected, debris cleaned away, the power cord checked, and most important, water put in to the pit to watch how easily it responds. If it quits or acts slowly, it may need to be repaired.
4. Resolve toilet leaks
Your water bill might be grateful for this move the most. A couple of quick inspections by a licensed service professional could save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets usually leak near the flapper inside the tank, which is likely to wear out over time. A specialist can also easily assess other hardware within the tank and surrounding the entire toilet as well. The pieces inside the tank, in particular, are pretty affordable; so, if hoses or washers look worn or the fill valve sounds slow, all these components can be swapped out by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, postponing even the tiniest toilet repair today will only produce larger, more expensive complications in the future.
5. It’s a great time to flush the water heater
Even though a water heater problem might not seem like it’s as dreadful in the summer as it would be during colder months, it’s a headache nonetheless. If you haven’t flushed out your water heater this year, you’ll want to take action before the summertime fun starts and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters accumulate minerals and grime at the tank’s base, which could result in corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A professional plumber can complete this simple task for you while also attending to other maintenance tasks.
“A lot of these inspections may seem like common sense, but they can easily go overlooked when our lives get busy,” Richardson added. “You can schedule a certified professional to inspect all of your plumbing systems today. That way you can confidently plan your summer fun without the worry of unexpected surprises.”
Eager to schedule a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for maximum summertime fun? You can also stop by our website today for more info about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
Disclaimer: Source: GET Creative, a division of USA TODAY
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