5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun
Summer is on the horizon, and that equals barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July fun and other outdoor events are potentially part of your seasonal schedule. But before you nail down that summer calendar, you’ll want to ensure your plumbing system is prepared for increased use.
A plumbing crisis while having guests is an annoyance that will surely stifle your summer groove. So, the team at Winnipeg Supply Service Experts, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has offered some worthwhile plumbing maintenance tips. Tackle them now to better assure your summer fun will be as fulfilling as intended.
1. Test your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems
Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to overlook the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s actually a good place to start your plumbing maintenance and review. Broken sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be relied on more often to keep your grass healthy and your kids cool as they repeatedly splash through them for a weekend refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be tested for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While exterior hose spigot leaks may be obvious to spot yourself, a professional can lead you to ones that may occur on the inside of the wall, too.
2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, check fixtures
Kitchens and bathrooms are your most expected areas for a plumbing crisis. You can begin your inspection by clearing away all items below sinks to check drain pipes and the underside of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets may offer 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 quickly the drain works. All clogs and leaks should be dealt with straight away by a professional, and you won’t want to fall back 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 Winnipeg Supply 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 ignore your sump pump
Summer brings mild weather but also heavy rain in a few regions of the country. Those rains may result in 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 slight soil seepage throughout the year. The pump should be professionally reviewed, debris cleared, the power cord checked, and most important, water added to the pit to watch how easily it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it may need to be serviced.
4. Repair toilet leaks
Your water bill will be thankful for this project the most. A few simple inspections by a licensed service professional can save you water and help you avoid a costly repair. Toilets frequently leak around the flapper in the tank, which is likely to wear down over time. A specialist can also quickly examine other hardware in the tank and around the whole toilet as well. The parts in the tank, in particular, are pretty inexpensive; 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, ignoring even the smallest toilet repair today will only result in bigger, more expensive problems in the future.
5. It’s a great chance to flush the water heater
Even though a water heater problem may not seem like it’s as unpleasant in the summer as it can be during colder months, it’s a hassle regardless. If you haven’t flushed out your water heater this year, you’ll want to get it done before the summertime fun is in full swing and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and other debris at the tank’s base, which may produce corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A trained plumber can complete this simple task for you while also taking care of other maintenance services.
“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.”
Eager to arrange a Winnipeg Supply Service Experts technician to help get your home ready for maximum summertime fun? You can also check out our website today to learn about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs.
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