Summer Prep Tips for Your Plumbing!
The rising temperatures and longer days can only signal one thing: summer will soon be here!
When thinking about how to prep your home for summer most people focus on things like their HVAC system, but one vital component of the home that is usually overlooked during summer is your plumbing system. Our plumbing is usually pushed to its limit during the summer with frequent showers, running sprinklers, and a few water balloon fights here and there.
Do a Once Over: Take a few minutes and give all your appliances and fixtures a quick check to see if any of them are leaking or in poor shape. Now is the time to fix or replace any malfunctioning appliances or fixtures. Now is also to the time to call a professional to check all of your sewer lines, especially if you’ve received a lot of rain this spring.
This is also a good time to consider turning down your water heater, since the hotter water is not necessarily needed as much during these months. A reduction of your water heater temperature by just a few degrees can save you some big bucks over time on your energy bill.
Prevent Future Problems: With the heavy rains that come in spring and summer, flooding comes as well. Luckily, there are some easy ways for you to minimize the damage done to your home if water does start to enter. The first line of defense is a sump pump which will pump any water that enters your home back out. If you have one now’s the time to check to make sure it’s working properly. If you don’t, you may want to consider purchasing one just in case.
Ensure Proper Draining: A big problem for many homeowners during the spring and summer months is standing water, whether it’s in your home or in your yard. Standing water can create a unhealthy environment for you and your family even if it is in your yard. Outside, standing water creates a breeding ground for disease carrying insects.
Inside your home standing water creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, something you’ll definitely want to avoid. Standing water within a home can be prevented by installing a drain in your floor or using a sump pump.
In your yard, it is important to make sure that all your down spouts channel rain as far away as needed to prevent water collection. If that isn’t possible, consider connecting water barrels to your down spouts to collect rain water which then can be used as a eco-friendly to water your plants and garden. This method is especially helpful for homeowners who have experienced basement flooding in the past since it slows over-saturation of the ground near the house.
If you have any questions about your particular plumbing situation and how to get ready for the summer season, give us a call today!