Summertime Plumbing Hints and Tips
Summer is right around the corner! But, before the warmer weather and longer days arrive, you should stop and take a look at your plumbing appliances and system overall to make sure its ready for the season. Some things you should check before summer rears its head include:
- Check for drain clogs
- Find and fix any Leaky faucets
- Check for leaks in your toilet tank
- Look out for loose toilets and other plumbing fixtures
- Check for burst or leaking pipes
- Look over your water heater
- Check and fix any issues with your water pressure
Let’s explore each of the aforementioned hints and tips in detail so that you can feel confident in your plumbing system this summer!
Check for Drain Clogs and Obstructions
There are several signs that point towards you having clogged or obstructed drains. And, if you find yourself facing down any one of those signs, then now is the right time to get in touch with the Scott English Plumbing, Inc. team of drain cleaning professionals. Some of the more common signs of drain clogs and obstructions include:
- Slow moving drains
- Bubbling or gurgling drains
- Strange or bad smelling odors coming up from your drains
- Backed up plumbing appliances elseewheere in your home or business
Find and Fix Any Leaky Faucets
The next tip on our list is to find and fix any leaky faucets in your home or business. Leaky faucets can waste gallons of water every month and they should be fixed as soon as you realize you have one. Leaky faucets are often signified by slowly dripping water coming from any of our faucets or spigots. The faster you fix a leaky faucet, the less likely it is to lead to worse plumbing problems in the future. It can also save you money on your water bill.
Check for Leaks in Your Toilet Tank
Just like with leaky faucets, you’ll want to check for any leaks in your toilet tank. These types of leaks can waste water and drastically affect your monthly water usage bill. To check for toilet leaks, simply place a little food coloring in the tank in the back and wait a few hours. If you notice any colored water in the bowl of your toilet, then you have a leak and you should call in the plumbing professionals.
Look Out for Loose Toilets and Plumbing Fixtures
Other things to check in on before summer arrives are loose toilets and plumbing fixtures. If your toilet rocks when you sit on it, then its loose and needs to be adjusted. You can also check for loose plumbing appliances in a similar way. Simply apply a little force to the appliance in question and see if it moves. If it moves easily (don’t force it to), then it probably needs adjustment from licensed plumbing professional.
Check Your Home for Burst and/or Leaking Pipes
Before summer arrives, it is always a good idea to inspect the pipes in your home or business for bursts or leaks. Burst and leaking pipes waste tons of water, and if you leave them untreated they will only get worse as time goes on. Summer is the perfect time to have your leaky pipes replaced. So, don’t hesitate! Contact the experts here at Scott English Plumbing, Inc. if you have burst and/or leaking pipes at your home or business.
Look Over Your Water Heater
While it may seem counterintuitive, statistics show that people increase the use of their hot water heaters during the summer months. This may come from an increase in dishes to be done or showers that need to be taken. Regardless of the source of the increased usage, summer is a good time to give your water heater a once over to make sure that it is functioning as it should. If you don’t know what to look for, contact the water heater repair experts from us here at Scott English Plumbing, Inc. right away.
Check and Restore Water Pressure
The average water pressure for American households and businesses is 40 to 45 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). If your water pressure is too low, then you will face issues. If your water pressure is too high, then you could potentially damage your plumbing appliances.
To check your water pressure you will need a special tool that you can buy at your local hardware store. This tool screws onto a faucet or any spigot in your home and then gives you a readout of the water pressure from that source. If you find that it is too high or too low, then you will need to adjust the pressure at your water regulator valve.
Too Much For You? Just Contact Scott English Plumbing, Inc.
If all this seems like too much for you to handle, or if any of these hints and tips seem beyond the scope of your abilities, then don’t hesitate to give us a call. The professional plumbers here at Scott English Plumbing, Inc. are always standing by to help get your home plumbing system ready for summer! Call today!