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 fun and other outdoor events are potentially part of your seasonal schedule. But before you finalize a summer calendar, you’ll want to ensure your plumbing system is ready for increased use. 

A plumbing crisis while hosting guests is an inconvenience that will undoubtedly weaken 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. Tackle them promptly to better assure your summer satisfaction will be as relaxing as intended. 

1. Test your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems 

Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to neglect the plumbing around the outside of your home. But it’s in fact the ideal place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Damaged sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be relied on more heavily to keep your grass watered and your kids cool as they repeatedly dash through them for an afternoon refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be evaluated for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outdoor hose spigot leaks might be obvious to spot yourself, a professional can lead you to ones that may occur on the inside of the wall, too. 

2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, check fixtures

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common spaces for a plumbing disaster. You can start your review by moving all items underneath sinks to check drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets can offer clues as well. Mildew, warped wood and old drip spots are signs of leaks from either drain pipes or fixtures. Fill sinks with water and observe how fast 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 overlook your sump pump 

Summer provides mild weather but also significant rain in several areas of the country. Those rains might produce floods in basements if your sump pump is unprepared. A properly functioning pump decreases the potential for mold and water problems that could occur even from minimal soil seepage throughout the year. The pump should be professionally inspected, debris removed, the power cord looked at, and most important, water added to the pit to watch how quickly it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it may have to be repaired. 

4. Repair toilet leaks

Your water bill may be thankful for this move the most. A few quick inspections by a licensed service professional could save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets usually leak near the flapper in the tank, which is likely to wear down over time. A pro can also easily examine other parts inside the tank and surrounding the entire toilet as well. The parts within the tank, in particular, are particularly inexpensive; so, if hoses or washers look worn or the fill valve sounds slow, all these components can be changed out by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, neglecting even the tiniest toilet repair today will only produce larger, more expensive complications in the future. 

5. It’s a convenient opportunity to empty the water heater

Even though a water heater problem may not seem like it’s as bad in the summer as it can be in colder months, it’s a bother regardless. If you haven’t flushed out your water heater this year, you’ll want to handle it before the summertime fun is in full swing and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters accumulate minerals and other debris at the tank’s base, which can produce corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A skilled plumber can accomplish this simple task for you while also addressing 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.” 

All set to request a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for maximum summertime fun? You can also check out 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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