5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun

Summer is around the corner, and that means barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July entertainment and other outdoor events are likely part of your seasonal schedule. But before you wrap up your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is prepared for high use.

A plumbing problem while having guests is an inconvenience that will surely dampen your summer groove. So, the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has offered some important plumbing maintenance tips. Handle them now to better assure your summer fun will be as fulfilling as expected.

1. Examine your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems

Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to forget about the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s in fact an easy place to start your plumbing maintenance and assessments. Worn sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be relied on more intensely to keep your grass watered and your kids cool as they spontaneously splash 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 can be obvious to notice yourself, a professional can alert you to ones that can occur on the inside of the wall, too.

2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, inspect fixtures

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most likely spaces for a plumbing catastrophe. You can initiate your review by moving all items beneath sinks to examine drain pipes and the bottom of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets might leave clues as well. Mildew, warped wood and old drip spots are indicators of leaks from either drain pipes or fixtures. Fill sinks with water and monitor how easily the drain functions. All clogs and leaks should be sorted out 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. “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 produces mild weather but also substantial rain in a few sections of the country. Those rains could lead to floods in basements if your sump pump is not ready. A properly functioning system decreases the potential for mold and water damage that may appear even from trivial soil seepage at all times of year. The pump should be professionally inspected, debris cleaned away, the power cord reviewed, and most important, water added to the pit to observe how soon it responds. If it quits or acts slowly, it might have to be fixed.

4. Repair toilet leaks

Your water bill might appreciate this task the most. A couple of quick inspections by a certified service professional might save you water and help you avoid a costly repair. Toilets usually leak around the flapper inside the tank, which is likely to break down over time. A pro can also quickly review other components within the tank and around the entire toilet as well. The components within the tank, in particular, are very budget friendly; so, if hoses or washers feel worn or the fill valve seems slow, all these components can be changed out by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, postponing even the smallest toilet repair today will only lead to bigger, more expensive complications in the future.

5. It’s a great time to empty the water heater

Even though a water heater breakdown might not feel like it’s as unpleasant in the summer as it would be during colder months, it’s a bother regardless. If you haven’t drained your water heater this year, you’ll want to handle it before the summertime fun begins and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and sediment at the tank’s base, which could lead to rust and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A professional plumber can complete this simple task for you while also resolving 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.”

All set to request a Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing technician to help get your home ready for the highest level of summertime fun? You can also visit our website today for details about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.

Disclaimer: Source: GET Creative, a division of USA TODAY 

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