We’re nearing the end of summer. If you haven’t done your seasonal home plumbing maintenance yet, it’s time to get started! Taking time each season to check through your plumbing will make sure everything is running well and can reduce costs and repairs in the long-term. We suggest you include the following items on your list:
Hoses and Sprinklers
If you’ve used hoses and sprinklers throughout the summer to water your garden and lawn, it’s time to check how they’re wearing. Look for leaks in your hoses and sprinklers that are no longer functioning properly. Replace any damaged items. If you don’t have a hose reel, investing in one would be wise. By storing your hose properly, you’ll add years to its life.
The summer breeze blows down twigs and leaves onto your roof, clogging your gutters and downspouts. It’s a good idea to clean these out seasonally so that you don’t end up with drainage problems later in the year. If you are able, use a ladder to access your gutters and clean them out yourself. Otherwise, you can hire a professional to help you with this job. Make sure you’re safe up there!
Drain Hot Water Heater
Plumbers recommend that you drain your hot water heater once a year. Sediment builds up in your heater throughout the year, causing you trouble. Check the instructions on your model before getting started to make sure you perform the drain safely and correctly. Summer is a great time to drain the hot water heater because you can probably survive for a few hours without hot water.
Check your drain filters to see if you need new ones, or put some in where they’re missing. Drain filters keep items like food and hair from going down the drain and clogging it. You need drain filters in all drains really, but especially in the shower and kitchen sink. Make sure you check these regularly and clean them out so that water flows freely down the drain.
Check for Leaks
Check around the house for leaks. Did you know even slow leaks that only drip once per minute add up to 34 gallons per year? That’s a lot of water! Calculate your leak rates to find out how much water is being wasted. Don’t forget to check your toilet! If you’re not sure if your toilet is running, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank, and watch to see if it shows up in the toilet bowl in a few hours (without using the toilet of course!) If it does, you’ve got a leak. Get any leaks you notice repaired as soon as possible to avoid a high water bill.
If you have a pool, you know that you must open and close your pool each year. Make sure you perform closing carefully at the end of summer so that everything will be in perfect condition when you open again next season.
Clean Shower Head
Low water pressure in the shower? You may not have noticed it, but if you give your shower head a good clean, you’ll notice the difference. Clean your shower head every season so that your water pressure is always great and you’ll enjoy invigorating showers all year long. All you have to do is remove your showerhead and place it in a bucket of white vinegar for a few hours. This will remove mineral deposits that clog the shower head.
That’s about it! If you go through this checklist every summer, you’ll set yourself up for a great fall season. Should you encounter any problems you can’t fix on your own during your check, make sure you call the professionals at Orange Coast Plumbing for advice and solutions.