Summer is around the corner, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July fun and other outdoor gatherings are likely part of your seasonal plans. But before you wrap up your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is prepared for increased use.
A plumbing emergency while hosting guests is an annoyance that will certainly dampen your summer groove. So, the team at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has shared some important plumbing maintenance tips. Try them now to better assure your summer fun will be as enjoyable as planned.
Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing surrounding the outside of your home. But it’s actually a great place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Worn 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 mid-day refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be reviewed for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While exterior hose spigot leaks may be obvious to discover yourself, a professional can alert you to ones that may occur on the inside of the wall, too.
Kitchens and bathrooms are your most common areas for a plumbing emergency. You can start your inspection by removing all items underneath sinks to check drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets can 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 fast the drain operates. All clogs and leaks should be addressed immediately by a professional, and you won’t want to rely on liquid agents as a long-term solution 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 Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. “A professional can clean out all your drains, fix a bad one and bring peace of mind with a warranty.”
Summer produces mild weather but also heavy rain in some areas of the country. Those rains may 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 can occur even from minor soil seepage at all times of year. The pump should be professionally inspected, debris cleared, the power cord checked, and most important, water added to the pit to watch how quickly it responds. If it quits or responds slowly, it may need to be repaired.
Your water bill might be grateful for this project the most. A few basic inspections by a qualified service professional can save you water and help you prevent a costly repair. Toilets often leak around the flapper within the tank, which tends to wear out over time. A professional can also easily evaluate other hardware inside the tank and around the whole toilet as well. The parts inside the tank, in particular, are very inexpensive; so, if hoses or washers appear worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be replaced by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, putting off even the smallest toilet repair today will only lead to more substantial, more expensive problems in the future.
Even though a water heater failure may not seem like it’s as bad in the summer as it could be during colder months, it’s a bother nonetheless. 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 sediment at the tank’s base, which could produce corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A certified plumber can complete this simple task for you while also addressing other maintenance items.
“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 schedule a Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air technician to help get your home ready for the highest level of summertime fun? You can also visit our website today to learn about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
Disclaimer: Source: GET Creative, a division of USA TODAY
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