With the warm summer months slowly moving in, it’s time to go through your home’s maintenance checklist and take proactive measures to ensure everything is up for the task of taking on the heat. A big part of this process should include an examination of your home’s plumbing system. So, we’ve created a brief list of things you should look into that will help get your home ready to take on the challenges of summer.
Here are some summer plumbing tips to keep in mind before temperatures start to swelter:
- Schedule a plumbing system inspection – Now is a good time to have your pipes inspected by a trusted professional. With people spending more time outdoors and sweating in the hot temperatures, more baths and showers are to be expected to keep your family cool. So, make sure your pipes are up to the challenge of working overtime. Pipes and drains can easily become blocked if you don’t take proper care, so consider scheduling an inspection to make sure your system isn’t facing any lurking blockages and potential issues.
- Clean your gutters and downpipes – The long summer months can bring unpredictable weather and rain. So, to ensure that your piping system is able to capture as much water as possible, you’ll need to make sure your gutters and downpipes are clean and clear, as they are highly prone to clogging up with all kinds of debris. This will help with water catchment and keep water from pooling and possibly leaking into your home.
- Check pipes, taps and sprinkler systems for leaks – Unknown leaks can lead to nightmare scenarios for homeowners, both in terms of potential damage and also for your water bill. More water is used during the summer than at any other time of year. So, you’ll want to ensure that you are only paying for the water that you are actually using. We strongly advise scheduling a routine check with your local plumber. They’ll make sure that your system is leak-free and operating under optimal conditions so that you don’t have to worry about billing and repair hassles down the road.
- Turn down hot water heaters – Again, with hotter temperatures, many take longer showers more often to cool often and stay clean. In fact, in the summer, it’s not uncommon for people to take a couple of showers a day. This kind of water use can, of course, add up, so consider ways you can cut down on your monthly water bill. For example, one suggestion is to turn down the hot water temperature on your hot water system. After all, you’re not likely to be using as much hot water in the warmer temperatures, so why pay to keep it hot all day?
Beat the heat and the hassle of unforeseen plumbing issues this summer, and contact one of our friendly staff today to schedule a routine inspection before the heat really sets in. Our team of expert plumbers will ensure that your home stays safe and ready to take on any plumbing use challenge.