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 nail down your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is equipped for high use. 

A plumbing crisis while having 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 offered some helpful plumbing maintenance tips. Handle them soon to better assure your summer fun will be as fulfilling as expected. 

1. Examine your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems 

Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing around the outside of your home. But it’s really the ideal place to start your plumbing maintenance and inspections. Worn sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be depended on more intensely to keep your grass watered and your kids cool as they spontaneously run through them for a mid-day refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be evaluated 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 can occur on the interior of the wall, too. 

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

Kitchens and bathrooms are your most common areas for a plumbing catastrophe. You can initiate your inspection by moving all items underneath sinks to check drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets may present 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 quickly the drain works. All clogs and leaks should be addressed straight away by a professional, and you won’t want to fall back 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 overlook your sump pump 

Summer provides mild weather but also substantial rain in several sections of the country. Those rains could lead to floods in basements if your sump pump is unprepared. A properly functioning unit reduces the potential for mold and water problems that could develop even from slight soil seepage at all times of year. The pump should be professionally reviewed, debris removed, the power cord reviewed, and most important, water added to the pit to see how soon it responds. If it quits or responds slowly, it might need to be fixed. 

4. Resolve toilet leaks

Your water bill will appreciate this project the most. A few basic inspections by a certified service professional could save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets frequently leak around the flapper inside the tank, which tends to wear down over time. A pro can also promptly check other components inside the tank and around the whole toilet as well. The pieces in the tank, in particular, are pretty affordable; so, if hoses or washers seem worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be swapped out by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, postponing even the smallest toilet repair today will only become larger, more expensive problems in the future. 

5. It’s a convenient time to flush the water heater

Even though a water heater failure won’t always seem like it’s as difficult in the summer as it could be in colder months, it’s a bother nonetheless. If you haven’t drained your water heater this year, you’ll want to take action before the summertime fun is in full swing and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and sediment at the tank’s base, which can lead to corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A professional plumber can complete this simple task for you while also resolving 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 arrange a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for the highest level of summertime fun? You can also check out our website today for details about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs

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