5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun

Summer is around the corner, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July fun and other outdoor gatherings are probably part of your seasonal schedule. But before you wrap up that summer calendar, you’ll want to ensure your plumbing system is equipped for increased use.

A plumbing crisis while entertaining 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. Try them soon to better assure your summer satisfaction 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 overlook the plumbing surrounding the outside of your home. But it’s actually a good place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Damaged sprinkler heads will need to be replaced, as they’ll soon be relied on more heavily to keep your grass green and your kids cool as they repeatedly dash through them for a weekend refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be reviewed for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outside hose spigot leaks may be obvious to find yourself, a professional can warn you of ones that may occur on the interior of the wall, too.

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

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most likely places for a plumbing catastrophe. You can start your inspection by clearing away all items under sinks to inspect drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets might provide 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 quickly the drain operates. All clogs and leaks should be resolved 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.”

3. Don’t overlook your sump pump

Summer provides mild weather but also substantial rain in several regions of the country. Those rains can lead to floods in basements if your sump pump is not working correctly. A properly functioning unit minimizes the potential for mold and water damage that may occur even from trivial soil seepage at all times of year. The pump must be professionally reviewed, debris cleared, the power cord checked, and most important, water put in to the pit to watch how easily it responds. If it quits or responds slowly, it might need to be repaired.

4. Resolve toilet leaks

Your water bill will appreciate this project the most. A few quick inspections by a qualified service professional can save you water and help you avert a costly repair. Toilets frequently leak around the flapper inside the tank, which can break down over time. A pro can also promptly review other hardware within the tank and surrounding the whole toilet as well. The parts within the tank, in particular, are pretty affordable; so, if hoses or washers seem worn or the fill valve sounds slow, all these components can be replaced by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, postponing even the tiniest toilet repair today will only produce larger, more expensive problems in the future.

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

Even though a water heater problem won’t always seem like it’s as difficult in the summer as it could be during colder months, it’s a hassle regardless. 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 other debris at the tank’s base, which may lead to corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A certified plumber can perform 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.”

Ready 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 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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