Summer is always associated with relaxation and fun in the sun. However, summer fun can also add more wear and tear to your plumbing. Instead of waiting for plumbing repairs to sneak up on you and cause an emergency, follow this end-of-summer plumbing checklist to help keep your fall stress-free.
Inspect the Drains and Water Heater
Check your water heater for the following:
- Cracks or rust on the tank or pipes
- Leaks or wet spots around the water heater body
- Damage or corrosion on any pressure relief valves
Once you’ve completed this part of the plumbing checklist, drain the tank. This process is part of recommended annual maintenance. It flushes out any sediment that builds up throughout the year and protects the internal components from damage.
Check Plumbing Fixtures for Leaks
Check your toilet to ensure it is appropriately flushing and doesn’t exhibit any leaks. One method you can use to check for leaks is to put food coloring in the tank. Then, allow the toilet to sit for a few hours, and check the bowel later. You’ll know your toilet leaks if the water in the toilet bowl has changed colors.
Visually inspect underneath your sinks for evidence of water damage. Turn the water on, let it run for a few seconds, and check the pipes below. You may have a leaky sink if any water drips from the lines. Always consult a professional if you’re unsure whether your sink leaks.
Sometimes the washing machine and dishwasher get overlooked. Mark these two off your plumbing checklist by visually inspecting all connections to see if there are any signs of water damage.
Colder months make your pipes more susceptible to freezing or bursting. Ensure there aren’t any leaks or rust on your pipes to prevent damage.
Gutters often become blocked with leaves and branches, especially in summer. While you may not consider this a significant issue, it could become more extensive in the fall. This is because more twigs and leaves are blown around, landing in gutters.
Crossing off cleaning your gutters from your plumbing checklist reduces the chance of finding them clogged in the later months, which can result in a more significant problem.
Check Spigots and Faucets
Summertime creates more action around your spigots and faucets. As a result, they suffer from more wear and tear, sometimes leading to leaks. Give each spigot a once-over to ensure there aren’t any cracks or leaks that might cause wasted water.
Don’t forget about the faucets inside your home, too. They may be leaking and require replacement parts.
Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
If you’re uncomfortable completing the plumbing checklist on your own, contact a local plumber to finish it for you. This inspection will ensure nothing is wrong and is a great way to prepare your home for winter.
Stephens Plumbing is here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment to receive a free estimate.