5 Tips to Prep Your Homes Plumbing for Maximum Summer Fun

Summer is around the corner, and that equals barbecues, graduation parties, Fourth of July fun and other outdoor gatherings are likely part of your seasonal schedule. But before you nail down your summer calendar, you’ll want to make sure your plumbing system is ready for high use. 

A plumbing problem while hosting guests is an inconvenience that will undoubtedly dampen your summer groove. So, the team at Sunbeam Service Experts, the nation’s trusted name for plumbing, heating and cooling repairs and maintenance, has shared some worthwhile plumbing maintenance tips. Handle them soon to better assure your summer schedule will be as relaxing as expected. 

1. Check your hose spigot, sprinkler and irrigation systems 

Coming out of winter and holiday indoor parties, it’s easy to overlook the plumbing on the outside of your home. But it’s really a good place to start your plumbing maintenance and review. Damaged sprinkler heads will have to be replaced, as they’ll soon be depended on more heavily to keep your grass green and your kids cool as they happily splash through them for a weekend refresher. Underground sprinkler and irrigation lines should also be examined for leaks as well as your hose spigot too. While outdoor hose spigot leaks might be obvious to notice yourself, a professional can lead you to ones that can occur on the interior of the wall, too. 

2. Clean and unclog bathroom and kitchen drains, inspect fixtures

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most likely places for a plumbing catastrophe. You can initiate your evaluation by clearing away all items beneath sinks to examine drain pipes and the bottom of faucets for leaks. Your cabinets might present clues as well. Mildew, warped wood and old drip spots are signs of leaks from either drain pipes or fixtures. Fill sinks with water and observe how quickly the drain operates. All clogs and leaks should be resolved straight away by a professional, and you won’t want to count on liquid agents as a long-term treatment for clogs either. 

“We strongly discourage homeowners from tackling drain problems with a liquid agent. They may address the clog, but they may also damage plastic or metal pipes,” said BJ Richardson of Sunbeam Service Experts. “A professional can  clean out all your drains, fix a bad one and bring peace of mind with a warranty.” 

3. Don’t overlook your sump pump 

Summer provides mild weather but also substantial rain in a few sections of the country. Those rains could produce floods in basements if your sump pump is unprepared. A properly functioning unit lowers the potential for mold and water damage that can develop even from mild soil seepage at all times of year. The pump must be professionally inspected, debris cleaned away, the power cord checked, and most important, water put in to the pit to watch how easily it responds. If it stops or reacts slowly, it may have to be repaired. 

4. Resolve toilet leaks

Your water bill may be thankful for this move the most. A couple of basic inspections by a licensed service professional can save you water and help you prevent a costly repair. Toilets often leak around the flapper within the tank, which tends to wear down over time. A specialist can also promptly check other parts inside the tank and surrounding the entire toilet as well. The parts inside the tank, in particular, are particularly inexpensive; so, if hoses or washers look worn or the fill valve sounds slow, all these components can be replaced by a professional quickly and cost-effectively. And remember, neglecting even the most minor toilet repair today will only produce bigger, more expensive complications in the future. 

5. It’s a great chance to empty the water heater

Even though a water heater breakdown might not feel like it’s as dreadful in the summer as it can be during colder months, it’s a headache all the same. If you haven’t drained your water heater this year, you’ll want to get it done before the summertime fun starts and showers are in high demand by guests. Water heaters collect minerals and sediment at the tank’s base, which could result in corrosion and the need for a water heater repair or replacement. A certified plumber can perform this simple task for you while also taking care of other maintenance services. 

“A lot of these inspections may seem like common sense, but they can easily go overlooked when our lives get busy,” Richardson added. “You can schedule a certified professional to inspect all of your plumbing systems today. That way you can confidently plan your summer fun without the worry of unexpected surprises.” 

All set to schedule a Sunbeam Service Experts technician to help get your home ready for the highest level of summertime fun? You can also visit our website today to learn about our seasonal maintenance specials and repairs

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