With Memorial Day weekend only a few days away, you may have some extra time to tackle getting your home is ready for the increased use of plumbing appliances during the summer months. So, now that the kids are home, the pool is open and your sprinklers are moving, here’s how to get your plumbing in tip-top shape for summer!
Maintain Your Drain
Nothing is more inconvenient than a clogged drain. Keep on top of clogs by cleaning out your drains as often as you can. If your drains won’t clear, you may have a larger clog issue that needs professional plumbing attention. The most common drain clog issue in the bathroom is hair, so covering your drain with a towel while attending to your coif can stop hair from getting in your sink.
Avoid kitchen clogs and never put the following down your drain or garbage disposal:
- Cooking oil, grease, and fats
- Turkey or chicken skins
- Potato Peels
- Stringy vegetables such as celery
- Coffee grinds
- Corn husks
Check Your Water Heater
Even though it’s hot outside, no one wants to take an ice-cold shower. Your water heater still gets a good amount of use over the summer months, so inspect it for rust, leaks, and corrosion. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it may be time to replace it. If you are unsure, have a professional plumber make an assessment.
Inspect Faucets for Leaks
Not only can leaky faucets increase your water bill, but it’s also bad for the environment too. Check all your indoor and outdoor faucets to ensure you aren’t wasting water. If you are unable to identify how or why your faucet is leaking, a plumber can help fix the issue. Also, be aware that plumbing leaks can lead to pest problems too.
While there are many ways you can maintain and fix plumbing issues yourself, some problems need to be left to a professional. If you have out-of-control leaky pipes, neverending toilet issues, or need a new sump pump, we can help! Call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Service today! Our skilled and experienced plumbers are here to address all your plumbing issues!