Summer is on the horizon, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July fun and other outdoor events are likely part of your seasonal schedule. But before you nail down a summer calendar, you’ll want to ensure your plumbing system is equipped for higher use.
A plumbing emergency while hosting guests is an inconvenience that will surely 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 offered some helpful plumbing maintenance tips. Tackle them now to better assure your summer fun will be as enjoyable as expected.
After winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing surrounding the outside of your home. But it’s genuinely an easy place to start your plumbing maintenance and inspections. Broken sprinkler heads will need to be replaced, as they’ll soon be relied on more intensively to keep your grass watered and your kids cool as they repeatedly splash 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 may be obvious to discover yourself, a professional can alert you to ones that can occur on the interior of the wall, too.
Kitchens and bathrooms are your most expected rooms for a plumbing disaster. You can begin your review by removing all items underneath sinks to check drain pipes and the bottom of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets can offer 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 fast the drain functions. All clogs and leaks should be dealt with promptly by a professional, and you won’t want to depend 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.”
Summer provides mild weather but also heavy rain in several sections of the country. Those rains may result in floods in basements if your sump pump is unprepared. A properly functioning pump minimizes the potential for mold and water problems that might appear even from slight soil seepage throughout the year. The pump must be professionally examined, debris cleared, the power cord reviewed, and most important, water added to the pit to see how soon it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it may need to be repaired.
Your water bill might appreciate this move the most. A few basic inspections by a licensed service professional could save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets often leak around the flapper in the tank, which tends to wear down over time. A specialist can also promptly check other components in the tank and around the whole toilet as well. The parts inside the tank, in particular, are pretty inexpensive; so, if hoses or washers seem worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be replaced by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, ignoring even the tiniest toilet repair today will only result in bigger, more expensive issues in the future.
Even though a water heater failure may not feel like it’s as dreadful in the summer as it would be during colder months, it’s a bother nonetheless. If you haven’t drained 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 could lead to corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A professional plumber can accomplish this simple task for you while also attending to 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.”
Ready to arrange a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for optimum summertime fun? You can also stop by 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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