Summer is coming upon us fast and we are ready to enjoy it. Don’t let your summer be ruined by an expensive plumbing issue; try out these tips in order to keep your plumbing maintained all year long.
Inspect For Leaks
Long winters can cause a lot of wear and tear on your plumbing fixtures. It is important to check all fixtures at the beginning of the season to ensure that new problems don’t arise.
Summer storms can lead to bigger problems than keeping you indoors. Stormwater can sneak its way into sewer pipes through small cracks and cause big problems. In order to ensure you are ready for summer, it is best to have a professional plumber check it out.
One trick for seeing if your toilet is leaking is to put food coloring in the tank to test if it leaks to the bowl without flushing. If it does, it may be time to call the plumber.
Check around your water heater to see if there is any moisture. Rust can also be a sign of a leak. Turning down or off the water heater can also be a great way to save money if you are leaving on vacation for the summer.
Check Your Sprinkler System
Checking the sprinkler system at the beginning of the season is a good habit to be in. This includes checking for leaks and inspecting the sprinkler heads, as well. Testing the zones individually at the beginning of summer is a good way to identify problems. An underground sprinkler leak is hard to detect, so it is best to call the plumber if you suspect anything.
Watch for Clogs
Clogs happen, usually more often than you would like. That is why it is important to be prepared. Have a plunger at hand at all times and do what you can to prevent clogs from happening. A slow-moving drain or a crack in the pipe could prevent the drain from doing its job. It is best to call the plumber if you discover a clogged drain.
Clear the Gutters
Although gutters may not have anything to do directly with your plumbing system, they play a significant role in keeping water out of your house and away from the foundation. A gutter that is free of leaves and other debris will successfully drain water away from your home.
Check Out That Standing Water
Standing water is most likely not a good sign. It often means that a pipe burst underground, causing excess water. This can kill your grass, cause mold or bacteria, and cost you money on that water bill. Call the plumber if you are experiencing standing water either in your home or yard.
Save water, and in turn, save money! A broken toilet or leaking faucet can waste 1,661 gallons of water per year (at a rate of one drip per second). That is a pretty significant water bill! Doing routine checks on the faucets and pipes throughout your house could potentially save you a lot of money.
Don’t sit around and wait for your problems to get bigger. Perform routine maintenance on your plumbing system to get ready for summer and save yourself time and money. If you have any questions about how to prepare for summer or any plumbing issues in general, call Knight Plumbing, a 24/7 Plumbing Service.