Summer Plumbing Tips

June 12, 2020

With summer here and more of us spending a lot more time at home than usual, taking care of our plumbing is an important item to add to the to-do list. Not only is this the easiest season to find and detect leaks, but between the kiddie pools, extra laundry and dishes, many households notice extra strain on their pipes and appliances.

Here’s what to look for when you’re scheduling your summer plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA:

  • Look for leaks: Summer can make leaks more obvious—at least once during the season, walk around your home and property to thoroughly inspect for leaks. Check under-the-sink plumbing, appliance hoses, the walls and your yard for signs of corrosion, water damage and leaks. They could be obvious, such as puddles behind your appliances and in your yard, or more subtle, such as rusty pipes and connections under the sink.
  • Check your sprinkler system: Your sprinkler system can be a source of water waste. Check each individual sprinkler head to ensure it’s still working properly and is free of clogs and debris. Look for wet spots or sinkholes in your yard—these can indicate water is leaking from pipes and bubbling up underneath.
  • Inspect the water heater: Your water heater should last about 10 to 15 years on average, although certain conditions can cause it to give out faster. Look for water around the area as well as rust or corrosion on any of the metal parts and fixtures. You may want to hire a plumber to flush the water heater of sediment and look for additional issues.
  • Measure the water pressure: Your water pressure should be about 40 to 45 PSI, and should never exceed 60 PSI. When you hire a plumber to do routine summer plumbing maintenance, they’ll check to ensure your water pressure is in the right range, and adjust the main line pressure regulator if necessary.
  • Be wary of clogs: Clogs, of course, can cause major plumbing issues at any time of the year in Coweta County, GA, but outdoor cooking tends to wreak havoc on garbage disposals, thanks to celery, corn husks and other vegetable scraps that are more popular during the warm months. You should also be wary of clogs in your bathroom sinks, showers and toilets—make sure you have a plunger on hand and a plumber on call if your drains suddenly seem sluggish.
  • Test your sump pump: If you have a sump pump, now is the time to make sure it’s working properly. Make sure it’s powered up, then toss a bucket of water in the pit and watch to see what happens. If the water drains properly, you’re in good shape. Otherwise, call a plumber right away.
  • Make small adjustments: To save water and relieve the strain on your plumbing, be sure to make small adjustments like using drain catchers, regularly cleaning your faucet heads and turning your water heater down when you’re out of the house.

Ready to schedule your summer plumbing maintenance in Coweta County, GA? Call Victor Moody Plumbing Inc. today.

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