The plumbing isn’t always on the homeowner’s mind. In fact, most people hardly ever think about it unless a problem arises. However, extreme temperatures do have an impact on the pipes and associated parts. With this in mind, here are some summer plumbing tips to keep the system running smoothly all season long.
Some plumbing issues are more common than others during the summer. Here are some typical problems:
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Here are some ways you can safeguard your plumbing to ensure smooth operation throughout the summer.
Schedule general plumbing maintenance at least once a year. Summer is a good time for this. A basic checkup will prevent initially small problems like leaks and low water pressure from exacerbating.
Do you know where the water shutoff valve is located? This is usually located in the basement or inside the garage. If you live in a condo, then the valve is usually just outside the front door.
Knowing where the valve is located and knowing how to shut off the water supply is a useful skill in the event of a burst pipe. The valve may be difficult to turn by hand. Consider investing in an inexpensive water meter key wrench.
Homeowners use the shower and faucets more during summer. This means more chances for solid debris, such as hair, to enter the drain. Use a sink strainer, and when showering, put on a shower cap if you’re not washing your hair.
If there’s physical debris on your body, such as dirt, wipe it away with a towel before stepping into the shower. The same goes for dishwashers; remove all solid food debris to avoid stressing the appliance’s drainage system.
Inspect the sprinkler heads for obstructions or rust. Issues can cause water to pool around the sprinkler. This leads to a miniature flood that can oversaturate the grass and lead to soil erosion. This can also lead to water waste and an increase in your water bill. If you notice one sprinkler head not operating in tandem with the others, then replace or have it checked out.
Most homes have an outdoor faucet. This is usually where the hose is connected to. This faucet gets the most use during the summer. The faucet is prone to rust during extreme heat or cold temperatures.
When not using the faucet, detach the hose, dry the surface, and apply a faucet cover. You can purchase an inexpensive and water-resistant cover at your local lawn and garden store.
Renovating doesn’t just mean making cosmetic upgrades. This also entails functional enhancements like new plumbing parts to improve water flow and eliminate leaks. Contact us at Facets of Lafayette to learn how we can improve your bathroom or kitchen with stylish and trendy fixtures.