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 excitement and other outdoor gatherings are likely part of your seasonal plans. But before you wrap up your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is prepared for increased use.
A plumbing emergency while entertaining guests is an annoyance that will surely 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 provided some important plumbing maintenance tips. Handle them promptly to better assure your summer satisfaction will be as enjoyable 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 around the outside of your home. But it’s in fact an easy place to start your plumbing maintenance and inspections. Damaged sprinkler heads will need to be replaced, as they’ll soon be depended on more heavily to keep your grass green and your kids cool as they spontaneously splash through them for a mid-day refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be assessed for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outdoor hose spigot leaks may be obvious to discover yourself, a professional can warn you of ones that may occur on the inside of the wall, too.
2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, examine fixtures
Kitchens and bathrooms are your most common rooms for a plumbing emergency. You can initiate your inspection by clearing away all items under sinks to examine drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets might provide 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 monitor how easily the drain operates. All clogs and leaks should be addressed promptly by a professional, and you won’t want to depend on liquid agents as a long-term treatment 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 substantial rain in several regions of the country. Those rains might result in floods in basements if your sump pump is not working correctly. A properly functioning pump lowers the potential for mold and water problems that might occur even from trivial soil seepage at all times of year. The pump has to be professionally inspected, debris cleaned away, the power cord looked at, and most important, water put in to the pit to see how easily it responds. If it quits or responds slowly, it might need to be serviced.
4. Resolve toilet leaks
Your water bill may be thankful for this project the most. A few simple inspections by a qualified service professional might save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets often leak around the flapper inside the tank, which will wear out over time. A pro can also quickly review other components inside the tank and surrounding the whole toilet as well. The components within the tank, in particular, are particularly budget friendly; so, if hoses or washers appear worn or the fill valve sounds slow, all these components can be exchanged by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And don’t forget, putting off even the smallest toilet repair today will only result in larger, more expensive complications in the future.
5. It’s a great opportunity to drain the water heater
Even though a water heater problem won’t always seem like it’s as unpleasant in the summer as it can be in colder months, it’s a bother regardless. If you haven’t emptied your water heater this year, you’ll want to handle it before the summertime fun starts and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters accumulate minerals and sediment at the tank’s base, which can result in rust and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A certified plumber can complete this simple task for you while also addressing other maintenance items.
“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.”
All set to schedule a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for maximum summertime fun? You can also visit our website today to learn about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
Disclaimer: Source: GET Creative, a division of USA TODAY
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