With the sun starting to shine more, now’s the perfect time to go check the plumbing for the summer to come. Summer is shaping up to be hot, potentially even hotter than before, so it’s important to take the time now to make sure all systems including water and gas, are working. Without further ado, here is your summer plumbing maintenance checklist!
Check all Pipes for Leaks
Check all the faucets to see if there is any corrosion or leaking pipes. If you notice something is wrong, it’s important a repair and if needed, installation of new pipes and fixtures is conducted swiftly. Be sure to remember to also inspect the pipes under the bathroom, kitchen and laundry sinks.
Check the Toilet
Did you know a toilet leak can occur in both the bowl of a toilet and the tank? When checking out your toilet, be sure to check both components. So how do you inspect a toilet tank? Well if everything looks good, place 10 or so drops of coloured food dye into the toilet tank. If colour starts to appear in the toilet bowl within/after an hour, you’ve got a leak. Be sure to call a toilet plumber!
Assess Your Water Heater/Systems
Generally water systems last a very long time and don’t require frequent maintenance. However, systems shouldn’t be neglected as issues can arise at any point in time. If your water heater and systems are older than 10-15 years or haven’t been serviced in a while, take the time to think about a service. If necessary, a new hot water system installation might even be a good idea – save the stress as the weather starts to get cooler. If during the inspection your system is presenting issues such as making gurgling noises and smells, make sure you ring an emergency hot water system plumber immediately.
Outdoor Plumbing Infrastructure
Now that the house if taken care of, go outside and check all of the drains and pipes exterior to your home. While the winter rains are unlikely to flood any systems throughout the summer, that doesn’t mean obstructions aren’t present and won’t cause issues. If there is any dirt, leaves and weeds near your drainage, clean them away to prevent root intrusion.