Keep Plumbing In Check This Summer With Your Plumber
Summer is a relief to many people. The warmer temperatures, the end of school, the approaching vacations. It’s a great time of the year! However, there are a number of things you should do to take care of your plumbing system during those summer months. The hot, long days and high activity can put your plumbing under a lot of stress and strain. Keep these tips in mind from your local plumber and keep things in the best possible shape well into the fall.
Tip 1: Inspect The Sprinklers
Whether you have an in-ground sprinkler system or sprinklers you hook up to the hoses and drag around yourself, you’ll want to make sure they are in good form. Harsh winters can do a lot to sprinkler systems, which can lead to water waste and plumbing strains. Check the outdoor sprinkler heads for rust, leaks, or other issues and get them fixed early on to prevent water waste and higher bills.
Tip 2: Avoid Plumbing Issues With Rules
When school is out for the summer, that means your kids are going to be home more than usual which means accidents can happen. Plumbers will recommend certain things to keep your pipes in working order and you need to make sure your children remember those rules. Don’t put grease down the kitchen drain, for example, and don’t flush anything other than toilet paper. Set up plumbing rules and you are less likely to need to call the plumber over the summer months.
Tip 3: Don’t Heat Water You Aren’t Using
When you prepare to head out on your summer vacation, turn the temperature down on the water heater before you leave. There’s no point in heating water you aren’t using and you can give your water heater (and your power bills) a break while you are away.
Tip 4: Pay Attention To Plants
If you are going to do some gardening or landscaping this summer, watch where you dig. You never want to dig into a pipe, for example, and you don’t want to plant something on top of a pipe that might disturb it with roots. Your local utilities will come out and mark your yard before you dig so you can ensure you won’t cause any issues the plumber will have to fix later.
Tip 5: Check Appliance Connections
With summer in full swing, there will be more need of the dishwasher and washing machine. Check those plumbing connections to make sure they aren’t leaking. Fix any leaks you find now with your plumber to avoid a huge problem later.
Have Your Plumber Do An Inspection
Before you start using the plumbing way more than usual, it’s never a bad idea to have a plumbing inspection. The professionals at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can do that inspection for you and make sure your plumbing is completely ready for the summer months ahead. Let us repair the small things now to avoid the big things later.