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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.

Common Summer Plumbing Issues

Some plumbing issues are more common than others during the summer. Here are some typical problems:

  • Drain backups. Summer means outdoor fun in the yard or patio. Children especially may attract dirt, mud, and pollen indoors and into the drains when they wash their hands or use the shower.
  • Dishwasher wear. Summer also means outdoor barbecues. This creates food debris like small bones, peels, kernels, and seeds that can get inside and disrupt the washer.
  • Low water pressure. You may notice a drop in water pressure. Water use increases in the summer, causing an accelerated buildup of calcium deposits that clog the aerator.
  • Septic system backups. For septic system owners, backups may occur. The drain field may also flood due to factors like doing laundry back-to-back.

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Summer Plumbing Tips

Here are some ways you can safeguard your plumbing to ensure smooth operation throughout the summer.

Schedule Plumbing Maintenance

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.

Locate the Main Water Valve

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.

Watch What Goes Down the Drain

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.

Check the Sprinklers

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.

Protect the Outdoor Faucet

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.

Renovate Your Home This Summer

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.