Summer is the ideal time to start long overdue repairs or perform repairs on your home or office’s plumbing. The weather conditions are perfect and there are no interruptions like rain, sleet, water logging to stop you from looking at the plumbing. Whether it is as simple a job as dishwasher installation or a roto rooter service, summer is when you should take care of it. Here are a few plumbing protection tips for summer.
Tips For The Bathroom
Check the toilet base for signs of water damage i.e stains, rolled vinyl, weak tiles. While you are at it, also check the tiles on the walls, they might have become loose or soft over the winter. Keep a trash can in the bathroom, so that people do not use the toilet like a garbage can. Do not flush cotton balls, cotton swabs, hair, sanitary products, diapers down the toilet because they can cause clogs in the drainage or sewage pipe.
Tips For The Water Supply
Turn the water in the kitchen sink and and the bathtub on. If you see a noticeable drop in the water volume, it may be because the pipe is clogged with hard water deposits. It may also be a leakage in the pipe. If you have a basement in your home, check the exposed pipes for leakages.
Tips For The Water Heater
Unless you know exactly how old your water heater is (may be a recent installation), you need to spend some time and check when the heater was manufactured. You will find this date on the heater itself, so there is no need to search for paperwork. If the heater is more than 15 years old, it is best if you replace it.
Taking Stock of Standing Water
Standing water in summer is usually caused by leaking or broken pipes. If the water has accumulated in your yard, the reason may be a ruptured underground pipe or sewage line. In this case, you may need to schedule a camera inspection to see where the problem is and what is the extent of the damage.
Miscellaneous Plumbing Tips For Summer
Check if there are any ruptures on the washing machine hose. Ensure that the dishwasher and disposer connections are leak free and tight. Check inside cabinets for water damage and mold.