Summer is on the horizon, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July entertainment and other outdoor gatherings are probably part of your seasonal plans. But before you nail down your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is equipped for increased use.
A plumbing emergency while hosting guests is an annoyance 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 shared some beneficial plumbing maintenance tips. Handle them now to better assure your summer fun will be as enjoyable as planned.
Emerging from winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to overlook the plumbing around the outside of your home. But it’s genuinely an easy place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Broken sprinkler heads will need to be replaced, as they’ll soon be counted on more heavily to keep your grass watered and your kids cool as they happily splash through them for a weekend refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be examined for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outdoor hose spigot leaks can be obvious to spot yourself, a professional can warn you of ones that may occur on the interior of the wall, too.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expected areas for a plumbing disaster. You can initiate your review by moving all items below sinks to inspect drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets may 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 monitor how easily the drain works. All clogs and leaks should be dealt with straight away 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.”
Summer brings mild weather but also substantial rain in a few sections of the country. Those rains can result in floods in basements if your sump pump is not working correctly. A properly functioning unit lowers the potential for mold and water damage that could occur even from minimal soil seepage throughout the year. The pump has to be professionally reviewed, debris removed, the power cord checked, and most important, water added to the pit to see how easily it responds. If it stops or acts slowly, it may have to be repaired.
Your water bill might be thankful for this project the most. A few simple inspections by a qualified service professional might save you water and help you prevent a costly repair. Toilets often leak nearby the flapper within the tank, which will break down over time. A professional can also quickly review other components inside the tank and surrounding the whole toilet as well. The components in 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 keep in mind, putting off even the smallest toilet repair today will only produce larger, more expensive complications in the future.
Even though a water heater problem may not seem like it’s as bad in the summer as it can be during colder months, it’s a headache regardless. If you haven’t drained your water heater this year, you’ll want to get it done before the summertime fun is in full swing and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and grime at the tank’s base, which may lead to corrosion 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.”
Eager to arrange 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 for details about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
Disclaimer: Source: GET Creative, a division of USA TODAY
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