Summer is coming. That time of year when kids are home from school, families plan vacations, and plumbing problems pop up out of nowhere. The last thing you want is to have plumbing problems put a damper on your summer activities. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to help prevent summertime plumbing issues. Here are three of them.
Service Your Water Heater
With more people at home during the summer, your water heater is going to be working overtime. Unfortunately, that means you could end up with a plumbing emergency if you're not prepared. Before the warm weather kicks in, have your water heater serviced. A bit of preventative maintenance will help prevent costly problems, including tank rupture—which can happen if your tank is filled with calcium deposits or rust. If your water heater is getting up there in years, now's a good time to consider a replacement unit.
Take Care With Your Sprinklers
Your sprinklers are another plumbing fixture that will be working overtime this summer. This is particularly true if you have a lush lawn that needs to stay green or kids who enjoy running through the sprinklers on hot summer days. To avoid plumbing problems, you should take care with your sprinklers this summer. Make sure the kids don't get too close to the sprinkler heads while they're running in the water. Also, be sure to mark sprinkler head locations each time you mow the lawn. Taking these two precautions will prevent the sprinkler heads from being damaged this summer.
Inspect Your Washing Machine
You might not realize this, but your washing machine is at increased risk of leaks and malfunctions during the summer. First, the heat can cause the washer hoses to become dried and brittle, which can lead to ruptures and leaks. Second, the increased usage can cause aging parts to fail. To protect against washer floods, it's a good idea to inspect the hoses at least once a week during the summer. Look for signs of damage or leaks. It's also a good idea to avoid using your washing machine when you're going to be away from home. This will help you avoid coming home to a washing machine flood.
Now that the weather is warming up and you're looking forward to your summer plans, use the tips provided here to avoid troublesome plumbing problems. For other helpful ideas on how to prepare your plumbing for summer, speak to a plumber near you.