Every season brings its own set of potential threats to a home’s plumbing system. This is why it is essential for every homeowner to take certain precautions and perform Summer plumbing repairs. The Summer season is an especially important time to be mindful of the workings of your plumbing system.
While there are many basic tips for Summer plumbing maintenance that you are likely already aware of, such as checking for possible leaks in the home, there are quite a few less apparent tips. These less obvious tips, when followed through, can actually make a huge difference in the overall functionality of the plumbing system in your home.
Check the Strainers in Sinks and Bathtubs
The strainers that catch hairs in the bathroom sinks and bathtubs should be checked. You want to be sure that they are cleaned out and replaced whenever necessary. This may be the case if you notice a crack in the strainer or too much sediment build-up that can block the water from running through, causing clogs in the sink and bathtub.
The main reason the strainers should be checked this time of year is because shaving and dealing with loose hairs and other debris is more prominent than it is during the winter season. While you shouldn’t shave over the sink anyway, you still might have loose hairs when you do shower after shaving. Also, you and the family are likely to take more showers when the warmer weather arrives after playing outdoors, going to the beach, hiking, and more. Any outdoor activity is sure to leave more debris to be washed off the body.
Focus on Plumbing While Doing Yard Work
The next time you step out to do yard work, your main priority should be checking the outdoor plumbing before you begin to use it. You want to be sure that there are no water fixtures that are leaking. Not only does this lead to water loss, but it can also lead to the water leaking into the home, which can cause severe water damage and even mold growth.
Be mindful of the sprinkler system, as well. When you turn it on for the first time, you want to be sure that all the sprinkler heads are working correctly. From here, be sure you are mindful of the sprinklers every time you step out to do yard work. The most common problem is running over the sprinkler heads with the lawn mower leading to damages that can cause leaks.
Consider Bathroom Repairs and Upgrades
The Summer season brings good reason to consider specific upgrades in the bathroom. The bathroom is likely going to have more strain put on it this time of year. The reason being that more showers are likely to be taken and the toilet is likely to be used more often with the kids bringing friends home from school, having slumber parties, Summer break parties, and more. Certain upgrades include replacing low-flow toilets with the more efficient, modern models. Low-flow toilets nowadays are made to be more efficient at higher pressure flushing, which makes clogs less common.
Since more water is likely to be used in the home at this time, as well, you might consider the replacement of other features, such as the faucets to be better at water saving.
When cleaning your plumbing fixtures, you need to do so efficiently without causing any damage. Too often, homeowners will use the wrong tools or scrub too roughly, which can scratch the surface of the toilets, sinks, or tubs. This can then lead to damage that causes leaks and mold growth. The best tip is to check your cleaning tools, such as your toilet brush before you begin Summer cleaning. Once the bristles become worn, it is crucial to replace it.
For further expert tips on helping your home plumbing system become Summer ready, contact Aladdin Plumbing today.