Summer is right around the corner and just like with winter, there are some steps you should take to ensure that your plumbing is in tip-top shape all season long. Here are some of our best summer plumbing tips for your home.
When a faucet is leaking inside your home, it’s hard to miss—you hear that drip-drip-dripping non-stop until you get it repaired. Outdoor leaks are a different story. You’re not around as much to see or hear them dripping, so they can go days, weeks, or even months leaking a steady flow of water right next to your home’s foundation. It’s easy to see why this is a big problem! We recommend taking a walk around the house at least once a week to check for leaking hose bibs. Don’t just look at the spigot, but also the ground underneath—is it soggy? If so, you probably have a leak on your hands.
Summers here in Virginia are often sweltering, so there’s no need for steaming hot showers every morning. Turn down your water heater temperature and save some money on your utility bills during the summer months. If you go on vacation, you can turn it down even more and then turn it back up when you return home.
It’s common for small holes to form in pipes during winter, so summer is a good time to do a walk through in your home and check for leaks under your sinks, around your hot water heater, and see if there are damp spots on your drywall and floors. If you are a member of our Marines Enlistment discount program, we’ll do this for you during our annual inspection of your plumbing.
Summertime means lots of outdoor fun, but too much fun can mean a malfunctioning sprinkler system. It’s not uncommon for kids to damage sprinklers while playing on the grass, which can cause flooding and other issues. Mowing the lawn can be hazardous too. Make sure your kids know not to mess around with the sprinklers and take care when you’re mowing!
If you have kids, your toilets get a lot more use during summertime since they’re home all day—and if your toilet is running after every flush, the cost of all that wasted water can quickly add up. Take care of any toilet repairs early in the summer to avoid headaches further down the road.
Nothing says summer like fresh corn-on-the-cob and watermelon from the farmers market—just don’t throw your discards in the garbage disposal! Corn husks and melon rinds can damage your disposal, so they should be thrown in the trash or your compost bin instead.
If you’d like to have Marines Plumbing come out to your home and check for any potential summer plumbing issues, give us a call at 804-203-0366 or join our Enlistment Program for annual inspections and priority service.