Jun 21, 2022
While spring cleaning and maintenance are all normal and expected homeowner responsibilities, not all homeowners consider the summer maintenance tasks they can implement to help preserve their home and make it run better throughout the hot months.
The season is a popular time for outdoor adventures, weddings, barbecues, and graduation parties, but you also want to consider some summer plumbing tasks that can keep your home running better for longer.
Plumbing is one of the most important aspects of your home. It makes the kitchen functional, bathrooms operational, and indoor washing machines able to clean your clothes.
Here are a few summer plumbing tasks you can do to keep your plumbing in the best shape possible.
5 Summer Plumbing Tips
1. Check for Leaks
This is something you can do throughout the year to ensure your plumbing is working as it should, but summertime is one of the best times to check for leaks. A long winter can negatively impact your plumbing, sometimes in ways that you can’t see until the weather gets warm. Inspect the various aspects of your plumbing — the faucets, under sink piping, shower heads, water heater, and outdoor spigots — to guarantee they are in proper working order and not leaking. If you need, grab a flashlight to see in dark, hard-to-see areas as you perform summer plumbing checks.
2. Check Your Water Pressure and Supply
The summertime often brings a lot more activities, which usually means you have a lot more showering and laundry washing. You want to make sure that your water pressure and supply are up to the task at hand. Reach out to CroppMetcalfe if you’re dealing with water pressure issues or if you don’t have a satisfactory amount of hot water. We can help prep your plumbing system to keep up with your water demand.
3. Check Your Sprinkler System
The summertime is notorious for being hot which means a lot of homeowners utilize outdoor spigots or a sprinkler system to keep their lawn and flower beds thriving under the summer sun. Before the peak of summer hits, make sure you check your outdoor sprinkler or spigot system to ensure no rust, leaks, or damage will waste water or cause any flooding issues.
Sprinklers and outdoor water spigots are a big source of water waste for homeowners, especially when they fail to check them before use. A faulty sprinkler system can drive your water bill sky-high and also drown your grass and flower beds.
4. Clean Your Drains
This is one of those plumbing tips for summer that also applies to other seasons. Clogs are a big cause of slow drainage, weak flushes, and even leaks in your plumbing. Summer is a great time to get all your drains cleaned. While you can do this on your own as a homeowner, you can also enlist the help of professional drain cleaners to get all your drains cleared properly. This will help all your toilets flush better, your sinks drain better, and it will reduce unpleasant smells and plumbing cracks.
5. Protect Your Garbage Disposal
It’s normal to include more fruits and veggies in your summer diet, as well as barbecue bones and eggshells. Be careful about putting these items too near your sink. Meat bones, fruit pits and seeds, and even some tough vegetables can wreak havoc on your garbage disposal. Avoid putting any stringy foods like celery, corn husks, or hard melon rinds down your garbage disposal. It’s also good to avoid pouring grease or fats down your garbage disposal since these can coagulate and build-up, ruining your disposal.
Professional Summer Plumbing Service
Summer is meant to be a fun, agreeable season where you can enjoy family, friends, and the outdoors. Keep the season light and easy by implementing these few summer plumbing tips. If you run into any issues with your plumbing or are looking for a summer plumbing service, reach out to CroppMetcalfe. We offer all our customers professional summer plumbing to keep your plumbing system healthy.