You might think that the only time that you really need to worry about protecting your plumbing is in the colder months – a time when there is a chance that your pipes could freeze. Butsome things can pose a danger to your plumbing during all seasons of the year. In fact, one of the most challenging seasons to get through is summer. The additional water consumption, not to mention the excessive heat, usually means that a lot of extra strain is placed on the entire plumbing system. This can cause a critical failure at a time when you need your plumbing to work the most. Catching things ahead of time can help prevent these problems. Below are five tips to help you get the most out of your plumbing, even when the temperature soars to unbelievable heights.
1) Conserve water-
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best things that you can do is conserve as much water as possible. The more that you use your plumbing system during extreme heat, the more stress it has to deal with. If you are able to conserve water, you might be doing yourself a favor and saving your plumbing instead of making expensive repairs. In addition, it gives you a chance to be more environmentally responsible by conserving water at a time when many municipalities are putting restrictions on water usage anyway.
2) Check the entire system-
Just as you would during the winter months, give your plumbing system a good once over to make sure that everything is operating correctly. Check everything from beginning to end. If you have a pump, make sure it is operating correctly. Check all of the pipes and make sure that there are no leaks. It is equally important to make sure that you’re not experiencing any water leaks coming from faucets in your home.
3) Give your pump a break-
This may not apply to every individual, but for those that have wells, a pump is one of the most expensive components of your entire plumbing system. When it breaks, it could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fix it. The summer months can be hard on a pump because of all the additional water usage. You water your lawn more frequently, fill up the swimming pool and take more showers. All of this can add up to place an added strain on the pump. Give it a break from time to time by cutting back on a few of these things when you can. It could make a big difference.
4) Watch your bill-
Keep a close eye on your water bill. If you start to notice that it is more expensive than usual, you might have a leak somewhere that isn’t readily seen. The earlier that you catch the problem, the more water and money you can save.
5) Fix issues right away-
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to let issues go unrepaired even though you are aware of them. The problem will not go away by itself, but it will get worse. The sooner that you fix issues, the better it is for everyone involved.
Avoid the hassle of an untimely repair, call ABC Plumbing & Rooter at (480) 726-1600, and we will be happy to inspect your plumbing!