During the hot summer months, your plumbing system is under more duress than any other time of year. Summer plumbing can take a toll on important plumbing parts. It is important to acknowledge any damage or excess wear before the colder months begin. Here are end of summer plumbing tips for your residence or business plumbing systems.
Check the Sewer Lines
During the summer, trees and other plants grow at a rapid rate. Your end of summer plumbing checklist should include ensuring that growing plant and tree roots have not damaged the sewer lines. Look for spots on your lawn that are seemingly wetter than other spots, especially during dry days. This could be a sign that the roots have damaged the sewer lines, which could lead to bigger problems during the colder months.
Check the Garden Hose
Typically, the garden hose gets used more often during summer plumbing months. Washing cars, watering the bushes, and maintaining the garden all require the garden hose. Excess use can cause the hose bibs to crack and leak. Leaking hose bibs will affect the performance of the hose and the water pressure. Be sure to fix any cracks or leaks before the colder months cause the problem to escalate.
Check the Water Meter
Interior and exterior water usage keeps the meter busy during summer plumbing. The water meter is constantly running to help you maintain your residence or business. In order to check to see if there is a leak in the plumbing system, turn off the main water valve and any other valves which control water pressure and transport. If the water meter is still turning when all valves are shut off, then there may be an undetected leak in your plumbing system. If this is the case, call your local plumber immediately.
Check the Indoor Appliances
Appliances use more energy in the summer, leading to more wear on plumbing parts. The washing machine, refrigerator, and dishwasher all contain piping and other parts. Make sure that there are not any cracks or leaks leading into the colder months. Cracks and leaks expand rapidly under cold temperatures.
Check the Drains
With summer plumbing coming to an end, fall plumbing begins. This means leaves will be everywhere. Check the drains on the exterior of your residence or business for clogging. Remove any material that may be causing any degree of clogging. Once the leaves start falling, drains are at a significantly higher risk of becoming clogged. Save yourself and your plumber the mess of unclogging or replacing your drains by checking them at the end of the summer.
Take all of these tips for the end of the summer plumbing seriously. Preventative maintenance is well overlooked in the plumbing industry. A quick check today could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the future. If you don’t know how to check any of these parts, call your local plumber for assistance and guidance.