Summer events can be extremely messy, requiring extra use out of your plumbing. With friends and family visiting, pools filled up, and sprinklers running can all tax your plumbing.
Here are six plumbing items to check in your home this summer.
What Plumbing Items To Check in the Summer
1) Check for Clogs
Clogs happen whether you like it or not. While day-to-day clogs are easy to assess, sometimes they can find themselves deeper in your plumbing system and can wreak havoc across your pipes. Understanding your house drainage system is important, and logic is the key to locating clogs.
In most cases, the clog can be found in the trap or pipe leading away from the closest non-working fixture to the end of your drain system. While some drain issues may be taken care of DIY style, sometimes a clog could be in the main drain or septic backup. In that case, you will need the help of a professional plumber.
2) Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposals are great for breaking down food waste. However, not everything that gets thrown in the garbage disposal may not need to be there. Some produce can block the disposal and combine with grease and other oils that are dumped down the drain. You must check your garbage disposal and clean it out from time to time.
CAUTION: NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE UNIT AND ALWAYS TURN OFF THE POWER TO THE UNIT BEFORE ANY MANUAL CLEANING ATTEMPT.
If there are rank smells coming from your disposal, you can run cold water and slice a lemon or lime and turn on the disposal. This will not only help with the aroma, but also help break down leftover scraps due to the acidity of the lemon.
Another quick way to clean garbage disposal is to pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain. This will help break down chunks left over in the disposal and dissolve clogs.
3) Look for Leaks
It is important to always be checking your pipes and fittings for leaks throughout your property, as a leaky pipe could turn into a costly problem. While most people are worried about leaks in the wintertime, various levels of expansion and contraction in the soil around your pipes can cause a great deal of movement. This movement can shift the pipes in ways that can create leaks and damage.
Every summer, as with winter, homeowners should check all pipes, hoses, and valves to make sure that everything is working. It would be terrible to ruin a summer trip by coming home to a burst pipe due to neglecting a minor leak.
4) Sump Pumps
Summer storms can be calming and beautiful, especially in the South. However, if you have a sump pump in your crawlspace or basement, it is a good idea to make sure that it is in working order. Excess rain could potentially flood your basement or crawl space, and if your sump pump is not working properly, you may experience severe flood damage.
To check your sump pump, all you may need to do is make sure that it is turned on and pour a bucket of water into it. If it's in working order, it should begin pumping water.
5) Monitor Your Water Pressure
It is crucial to keep track of your pressure levels, as it is an important step to ensure the safety of your home, as well as your drinking water. If there are major pressure drops in your water system, it can allow groundwater to contaminate your system.
Fluctuations in pressure can also affect the physical integrity of pipes leading to leaks, main breaks, or more. City or public water systems may contain pressures that are much greater than it is safe for your home and should be regularly checked.
To monitor your water pressure, you can simply purchase a pressure gauge to place on an outside faucet or hire a plumber to help assess your situation.
6) Assess Your Water Heater
Water heaters do eventually go bad, and the summer is a great time to check on them. The average lifespan of a water heater is sometime between 10-15 years - when it gets regular maintenance. To check your water heater, look for rust or other types of corrosion.
Also, check underneath for signs of water leaking out of the water heater body. If your water heater is slow to heat, it may be time to check the heating elements. At this point, it would be a good time to call a plumber.
These are just a few things to check on when preparing your house for the summer. Trust us, there are plenty more things to look for. While many plumbing issues may be resolved by yourself, hiring a professional can save you thousands and loads of time as they know what to look for.
Scheduling a plumbing inspection is a great way to help ensure that your plumbing system is in working order and your house is more safe from plumbing catastrophes.
If you need a professional, licensed plumbing company, Barlow Plumbing is the reliable option for your plumbing job in Asheville, Weaverville, and Black Mountain, NC. We have decades of experience installing bathroom plumbing, addressing repairs, and upgrading homes.
Contact the Barlow Plumbing team now to learn more about how we can help you!