Here are few summer plumbing tips to help you prevent and defend your home from major plumbing problems.
Summer is finally in the air, and that can only mean sunnier warmer weather. While you might be ready for the weather, what about your home plumbing? After reading these summer plumping tips might be the helpful advice you’ll need for your pipes.
Check your faucets for drips or leaks:
It’s a good idea to examine all faucets and outside hose bibs to ensure the free flow of water. However, if you turn on a hose for the first time and there is a leak, or an outdoor faucet drips, it’s potentially that a frozen pipe has cracked and needs replacement. It is also practical to open and close any water supply valves found under your sinks or toilets, as this will prevent them from sticking.
Examine your water heater:
The hotter temperature setting on your water heater should be set no higher than 48°C. Ensuring the appropriate setting prevents scalding, which in turn reduces energy use.
It’s also a good idea to remember that newer water heaters are more energy efficient than older ones. If your water heater is more than 15-years-old, It’s a good time to replace it. You can determine when your water heater was made by looking at the first four digits of its serial number, which indicate the month and year it was produced.
Drain out your drains:
To prevent soap and hair from clogging the drain lines, make sure all of your drains have strainers. Prevent odours from entering your home by pouring a gallon of water into any seldom used drains this fills the traps. This is also applicable to floor drains, although floor drains should also be snaked; especially if they are slow. Snaking floor drains supports their ability to transport water away properly in the event of a flood.
It is always smart to check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks, and if you reside in an area where sewers are prone to backing up into homes, connect a backflow valve in the floor drain to help prevent this from recurring.
Test all of your toilets for hidden leaks. Doing this is easy. Simply add six drops of food colouring to the toilet tank. If the toilet is leaking, within 30 minutes, the colour will be visible in the bowl. It’s also a good idea to ensure that all of your toilets are properly flushing. Having to hold the handle down or jiggle it in order for the toilet to properly flush is a sign that tank parts may need replacement.
Hopefully these summer plumbing tips have helped you. If you have problem then give Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions a plumbing croydon company a call today.