Summer is here and so is the hot weather. The harsh winter brought us a number of plumbing problems such as frozen pipes, broken water heaters along with hidden leaks that are hard to uncover during the winter, unfortunately summer heat isn’t any friendlier when it comes to plumbing emergencies.
As the temperature heats up there are a few things we can do to prevent having plumbing issues during the summer months. School is out and this means kids will be coming home with grass and dirt stains. Mom’s and washing machines will be working on overtime and therefore checking machine hoses for bulges and ruptures can save you a great deal of stress.
Because of the hot weather, pipes are known to heat up so checking the water temperature in your water heater (setting it no higher than 120 degrees) is a great tip to prevent scolding.
Winter weather can be deceiving and hide leaks by freezing water. Check hoses, sprinklers and other faucets for leaks, as it can be costly to your water bill.
Also, make sure and check for standing water. Often times a homeowner can mistake this for non-absorbing soil that collects water from the first uses of sprinklers. On the contrary, this may mean a ruptured or leaking pipeline or sewer line. This can be hazardous to pets and children and should be a priority on the plumbing checklist.
During the summer many are urged to conserve water. This is much easier if all of your plumbing is up to par. Changing shower heads and faucets can help conserve water as well as paying attention to when we are using water-wasting appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers. Watering our lawns after sundown is also a great way to help preserve.
If you really want to get savvy with conserving water, speak with a trusted local plumbing professional about constructing rain barrels that are connected to rain gutter spouts. This water can be used for water yards and gardens. A plumbing company can easily provide a yearly inspection and dig up those pesky hidden leaks by using leak detection technology, prevention is the best method to prevent plumbing emergencies and there’s no better time to do it than the summer months.