6 Hot Tips For Preparing Your Home Plumbing for Summertime

It's finally summertime! And while we are all ready to hang out with friends and family, go to the beach, and soak up the sun, it's important to keep your plumbing system protected as the weather gets warmer and many take time away from their homes on vacation.

1. Check for Leaks

Although leaks commonly only occur during the winter months when pipes freeze, it is still important to check during the summer as loose connections have the potential to cause flooding. Here are some tips to help you inspect your home for any leaks

  • Check faucets, toilets, and under sinks 
  • Look for any signs of moisture or mold, these could indicate a hidden leak is present
  • Bring in an experienced plumber at the first sign of any leaks to fully minimize any water damage and waste

   

2. Inspect Outdoor Plumbing

Check your outdoor faucets and hoses for leaks. If you have an irrigation system, make sure to inspect it to make sure it is working properly and efficiently. If you have old or rusty hose bibs, It is also worth considering changing out those as the weather begins to heat up

3. Ensure Your Water Heater Works

Although your water heater may not work as hard in comparison to winter, now is a great opportunity for draining and inspecting your water heater without the risk of potential freezing. The use of your water heater is greatly increased during the winter months, which makes summertime a great opportunity to check for any potential damage that may reduce how efficiently your unit runs.

4. Test Your Sump Pump

Summer is not always sunshine, and sometimes, summer storms do arise and can cause potential water damage if the right precautions are not taken. In order to test whether or not your sump pump is working correctly, follow these steps

  • Pour water into the sump pit to test activation
  • Ensure the pump drains water efficiently
  • Inspect the pump for any indication of wear or damage  

A sump pump that isn't functional can lead to basement flooding or other issues, so make sure to get your sump pump inspected at before an unexpected storm arises.

5. Save Water

As the weather gets hotter, your water supply can become strained, and implementing some of the following water-saving practices can help save you from some future headaches down the road

6. Educate Your Family And Family

There are more family-members/friends in your home during the summer, so it can be helpful to inform those in your home of good plumbing practices to help ensure your plumbing system is well maintained through the summertime. Here are some ideas to get started.

  • Teach family members and friends what not to flush or pour down drains
  • Demonstrate to everyone how to turn off the main water valve
  • Encourage regular checks for leaks or plumbing issues

As summertime rolls around, Venture Plumbing is here to meet all your plumbing needs. From emergency repairs to comprehensive pre-summer inspections, we've got you covered. 

If you have any questions on how to further prepare your plumbing system for summer, feel free to give us a call, we'd be happy to help.