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Jun 18 2023

Summer Plumbing Tips for 2023

As the summer of 2023 takes hold, it's essential to prepare your plumbing system to withstand the unique challenges that this season can bring. The combination of increased water usage, potential heatwaves, and vacation schedules can put exceptional stress on your plumbing. In this brief article brought to you by the professionals at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we provide some valuable tips to maintain a smoothly running plumbing system throughout the summer and into the cooler seasons. If you ever need uniformed plumbers, you can call Rooter Hero for reliable and affordable plumbing service and plumbing repair.

Check for Water Leaks – Including Hidden Ones!

Before the summer heat sets in, thoroughly inspect your plumbing system for any leaks or drips. Examine faucets, toilets, and exposed pipes for any signs of water leakage. Also look out for signs of hidden water leaks. These include water stains on walls, mold and mildew growth, and unusual surges in water bills. Fixing these issues promptly can prevent unnecessary water wastage and help you avoid potential damage to your property.

Monitor Your Water Pressure

From watering lawns to filling swimming pools, summer often means increased water usage. Keep an eye on your water pressure to ensure it remains consistent. Fluctuating or low water pressure can be a sign of underlying plumbing problems such as a clogged water line, leaking pipes, or a faulty pressure regulator. If you notice any issues, consider contacting a professional plumber to assess and address the situation.

Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drains!

Summer is a great time for barbecues and get-togethers, filled with hearty meals and trips to the bathroom! It’s easy to get caught up in the fun and forget about the plumbing system. Here are some quick, easy-to-remember tips:

  • ONLY flush toilet paper, pee, and poo. That means wet wipes, paper towels, and hygiene products go in the trash!
  • Keep used fats, oils, and greases out of the kitchen sink; they harden when they cool down and can cause clogging.
  • Similarly, keep fibrous, hard, and absorbent foods out of the sink. Do NOT over-rely on your garbage disposal.
  • Speaking of which: regularly clean your garbage disposal.

Insulate Your Plumbing from the Summer Heat

Summers can be scorching, and excessive heat can affect your plumbing system. To prevent pipes from expanding and potentially bursting due to heat, consider insulating any exposed pipes, especially those in attics, basements, or crawl spaces. Insulation can help regulate temperatures and minimize the risk of pipe damage. It saves on energy bills and protects your plumbing! This insulation will come in handy during the winter months as well!

Take Care of Your Water Heater Maintenance

Summer is a great time to inspect and maintain your water heater. Flush the tank to remove sediment buildup, which can affect its efficiency. Additionally, test the temperature & pressure relief valve and check on the anode rods or heating elements. If you notice any issues or if it's been a while since your water heater was serviced, consider scheduling a professional inspection to ensure optimal performance throughout the summer.

Residents in the area can call Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air to hire uniformed plumbers. Our courteous team is on standby to take your call at any time of the day.

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