It’s no secret that winter can be hard on your home, but what about summer? It’s easy to forget that during the warmer months your plumbing can see a lot of use, particularly if you have a large garden to water or a swimming pool to maintain. Even without these concerns, it’s wise to give your system a once-over at the beginning of the season to ensure that everything is in working order. That’s why we created the Ultimate Summer Homeowner Checklist! Once this is done, you can enjoy the warm weather without worrying about the inconvenience and stress of costly plumbing disasters.
1. Look over your appliances.
There are any number of appliances within your home that are connected to your plumbing system, such as sinks, water heaters, showers, and washing machines. Make sure that they all appear to be working normally, and don’t be afraid to seek professional advice if anything seems unusual. One common issue is broken pipes, leading to lower pressure and a reduced supply to the appliance in question.
2. Inspect your pool.
Before diving in, check the pool for cracks, leaks, or damage to its seals. Water lost through these defects can soon become an expensive problem. Also remember to inspect the pump for any damage or signs of wear, and check that the pipes supplying the pool are all in good condition.
3. Have your drains cleaned.
Blocked or clogged drains can be a huge concern, causing water and waste to back up, often leading to flooding, and posing a health risk to you and your family. Furthermore, the added strain on your plumbing can cause pipes to loosen or burst. Consider hiring a professional to check for hidden blockages deeper within your system, and ensure your drain cleaning is successful.
4. Check your sprinkler system.
If you have a sprinkler system in your garden, now is the time to test it and see if everything is in working order. If you notice that it seems less powerful than usual or that the water flow is erratic, this could be a sign that there is a leak somewhere in your system.
5. Look out for leaks.
Another easy way to double-check that all is well within your home is to check for water leaks, especially in less-commonly used rooms like the basement. If you notice damp patches or pools of water, there could be a plumbing problem, such as a blockage or burst pipe. It is wise to identify and remedy the problem as soon as possible.
6. Schedule a plumbing inspection.
It’s never a bad idea to call your plumber to carry out some final plumbing checklist items on your plumbing system as a whole. He or she can ensure that nothing has been missed and advise you about any repairs or maintenance that may be necessary.
Use Our Homeowner Checklist to Make this Summer a Breeze!
It should not take long to ensure that everything in your home is in working order. Once you’re finished, you can relax and enjoy the rest of your summer! Doing some proactive inspection and work is a small price to pay for peace of mind and could save you from the potential costs of an undetected crisis.
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