Taking care of your plumbing is essential at all times of the year. However, during the summer months in particular, your systems can see a lot more use. Children are home, people take vacations, so there’s a lot more water and sewer usage.
In today’s blog, we’re going to go over some crucial things you can do to prepare your plumbing for the summer months.
Mind Your Drains
While this may go without saying, it’s vital to reinforce this point and to teach them to our family members because it can be so easy to forget what is and isn’t safe to put down the drain.
For your kitchen sink, you may want to invest into drain filters to help prevent clogs, don’t simply throw everything down there thinking the disposal can handle anything. Also, make sure to teach your children how much toilet paper is too much and that they can’t just flush whatever they want down the toilet!
Inspect The Hot Water Heater
The hot water heater is one of those things that is out of sight, out of mind… until something goes wrong! Go down to your basement (or wherever your hot water heater is kept) and take a look for signs of rust and corrosion.
Water heaters tend to last about 15 years, so if yours is getting up there in age, it might be worth having a professional take a look. Upgrading to a tankless water heater is also a great way to be sure you have a water heater that provides constant heat, while lasting you much longer than most traditional units.
Check For Pipe Leaks
As temperatures continue to rise, more and more winter damages begin to show themselves in your pipes. If you haven’t gotten your pipes looked at during the spring, make sure to take time this summer to do some thorough plumbing maintenance.
While we always recommend a professional inspection, you can do some preliminary checks by looking carefully at shower heads, faucets, toilets, and under your sinks for signs of rust or moisture.
Ensure Your Sump Pump Is Working
Summer storms can be intense here in Nashville, that’s why it’s vital your sump pump is in full working condition. To test your sump pump, make sure that it’s turned on and dump a bucket of water into it. If it’s working properly, the mechanism should trigger and the water should start to get pumped out.
However, if you just don’t feel confident with your sump pump, we understand. Our team is happy to help you with an inspection and any repairs or replacements that are needed.
Need A Local Nashville Plumber?
While we’re happy when people can save money by implementing DIY plumbing solutions, we recognize that some jobs just require the work of a professional — especially for the peace of mind that comes with it. And when you work with Plumbing Solutions, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
To get started, simply give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services, and we’re proud to serve Nashville and the surrounding communities.