Summer Plumbing Tips

Life without indoor plumbing is such a scary idea, it’s not even worth going there. Then again, you’ve probably already experienced such unpleasantness, however briefly. Which means, among other things, you’d rather not have a repeat performance.

Which brings us to the point of this blog: ensuring that your plumbing is up to the unique challenges of the summer season.  Here are few typical examples:

Washing machine

Washing machines tend to be worked harder in the summer with kids out of school, trips to the pool or lake, and so on. Check the position of your washing machine to ensure the hose isn’t kinking and the connections aren’t leaking.

Blocked toilets

With more people home during the day, your toilets are in for some serious overtime. The younger they are, the more they need to be reminded that too much toilet paper is bad and that anything but toilet paper being tossed in the bowl is probably even worse. 

Check your gas BBQ

Gas grills should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Visually check your gas connections for wear and tear, damage, or corrosion. Dispose of old gas cylinders and hoses that have deteriorated with age.

Check for Leaks

Small holes tend to form in pipes during the winter. These can cause problems, including increased water usage and damage to your home. So, keep an eye out for leaking pipes, especially around sinks and your water heater. Also, check your walls and floors for damp spots that result from hidden leaks.

Check Your Tub

See if there’s grout all around the edge and that it’s securely sealed to the tile. Any little chip or missing portion of grout enables water to leak into places it should not, like underneath the tub or onto and into the wall. Press on the wall tiles of the shower where they meet the bathtub and make sure nothing moves and the wall does not feel soft. If you detect loose tiles or a spongy wall behind them, it can be an indicator of an unseen water leak.

Sump Pumps

If you have a sump pump, test it before summer storms arrive. First, be sure it has power and is turned on. Then, pour a bucket of water into it. The pump should turn on and begin to process the water, but you can shut it off and remove the water once you’re sure it’s working properly.

Summer is also a great time for a whole-house plumbing inspection. That’s because all your plumbing is engaged, indoors and out. If it’s been a year or longer since your system was last checked by a professional, contact Plumbtastic today.  Our goal is to keep you plumbing in the problem-free zone, right where we know you like it.

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