5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun
Summer is on the horizon, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July entertainment and other outdoor events are likely part of your seasonal schedule. But before you wrap up the summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is prepared for increased use.
A plumbing problem while hosting guests is a headache that will undoubtedly stifle 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 offered some helpful plumbing maintenance tips. Tackle them soon to better assure your summer schedule will be as exciting as intended.
1. Check your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems
Emerging from winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s actually a great place to start your plumbing maintenance and review. Damaged sprinkler heads will need to be replaced, as they’ll soon be depended on more intensively to keep your grass healthy and your kids cool as they repeatedly sprint through them for an afternoon refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be examined for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While exterior hose spigot leaks can be obvious to find yourself, a professional can warn you of ones that can occur on the inside of the wall, too.
2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, inspect fixtures
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expected rooms for a plumbing emergency. You can initiate your inspection by removing all items below sinks to inspect drain pipes and the bottom of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets might provide clues as well. Mildew, warped wood and old drip spots are indicators of leaks from either drain pipes or fixtures. Fill sinks with water and watch how quickly the drain works. All clogs and leaks should be sorted out as soon as possible by a professional, and you won’t want to count on liquid agents as a long-term solution 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 forget your sump pump
Summer produces mild weather but also heavy rain in several areas of the country. Those rains might result in floods in basements if your sump pump is not ready. A properly functioning unit decreases the potential for mold and water problems that might occur even from slight soil seepage at all times of year. The pump should be professionally examined, debris removed, the power cord looked at, and most important, water put in to the pit to watch how quickly it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it might have to be fixed.
4. Address toilet leaks
Your water bill may be thankful for this move the most. A handful of basic inspections by a licensed service professional could save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets often leak near the flapper within the tank, which is likely to wear down over time. A pro can also promptly examine other parts inside the tank and surrounding the entire toilet as well. The components within the tank, in particular, are pretty inexpensive; so, if hoses or washers appear worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be replaced by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And keep in mind, neglecting even the smallest toilet repair today will only lead to bigger, more expensive problems in the future.
5. It’s a good time to empty the water heater
Even though a water heater problem may not seem like it’s as dreadful in the summer as it can be during colder months, it’s a headache all the same. If you haven’t drained your water heater this year, you’ll want to take action before the summertime fun begins and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and sediment at the tank’s base, which could result in rust and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A skilled plumber can perform this simple task for you while also taking care of other maintenance services.
“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 the highest level of 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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