Summer is around the corner, and that equals barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July excitement and other outdoor gatherings are potentially part of your seasonal schedule. But before you wrap up the summer calendar, you’ll want to ensure your plumbing system is ready for higher use.
A plumbing problem while hosting guests is an inconvenience that will undoubtedly weaken your summer groove. So, the team at Strand Brothers Service Experts, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has offered some worthwhile plumbing maintenance tips. Tackle them promptly to better assure your summer satisfaction will be as enjoyable as planned.
1. Examine your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems
Emerging from winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s really the ideal place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Broken sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be depended on more heavily to keep your grass healthy and your kids cool as they spontaneously splash 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 exterior hose spigot leaks might be obvious to spot yourself, a professional can alert you to 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 expected areas for a plumbing catastrophe. You can begin your review by moving all items below sinks to check drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets may leave 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 watch how quickly the drain works. All clogs and leaks should be resolved promptly by a professional, and you won’t want to count on liquid agents as a long-term answer 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 Strand Brothers Service Experts. “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 brings mild weather but also heavy rain in several areas of the country. Those rains might lead to floods in basements if your sump pump is not working correctly. A properly functioning system minimizes the potential for mold and water damage that might appear even from minimal soil seepage at all times of year. The pump should be professionally examined, debris removed, the power cord looked at, and most important, water added to the pit to observe how easily it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it might need to be fixed.
4. Repair toilet leaks
Your water bill might be grateful for this task the most. A handful of simple inspections by a certified service professional might save you water and help you prevent a costly repair. Toilets often leak nearby the flapper inside the tank, which can wear out over time. A professional can also promptly evaluate other components inside the tank and surrounding the whole toilet as well. The components within the tank, in particular, are very affordable; so, if hoses or washers seem worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be changed out by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And keep in mind, neglecting even the smallest toilet repair today will only result in larger, more expensive complications in the future.
5. It’s a good time to empty the water heater
Even though a water heater failure won't always feel like it’s as difficult in the summer as it would 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 accumulate minerals and grime at the tank’s base, which could lead to corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A qualified plumber can accomplish this simple task for you while also taking care of other maintenance tasks.
“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 request a Strand Brothers Service Experts technician to help get your home ready for maximum summertime fun? You can also stop by our website today for details about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
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