As the sun begins to shine upon us with more strength, now’s the time to start to think about summertime maintenance. By regularly assessing and servicing your plumbing systems, your household decreases its chances of serious issues occurring throughout each season.
Summer is shaping up to be a hot one, so it’s crucial to assure that all systems, including water and gas, are working effectively and efficiently moving forward. Without further ado, here is your summer plumbing maintenance checklist!
Check all Pipes for Leaks
Be sure to check out all of the faucets in your household to see if there are any leaking pipes (or corrosion). If you encounter an issue, it’s important that a repair or installation of new fixtures is quickly conducted. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to also inspect the pipes in the household such as under the bathroom, kitchen and laundry sinks.
Check the Toilet
A leak can occur in both the bowl of a toilet and the tank, so be sure to check both components. If the outer appearance looks good, place 10 or so drops of coloured food dye into the toilet tank. If colour appears in the toilet bowl after an hour, then you’ll need to call a toilet plumber because there’s a leak in the system.
Assess Your Water Heater/Systems
For most parts, water systems last a very long time and don’t require frequent maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean the systems should be neglected as issues can arise at any point in time. If your water heater and systems are older than 10-15 years, now might be the perfect time to think about a service, and if necessary, a new hot water system installation. If your system is set to higher than 120 degrees, turn it down. Further, if it’s presenting issues such as making gurgling noises and smells, make sure you ring an emergency hot water system plumber immediately.
Assess Your Appliances
One facet to check this summer is household appliances. Dishwashers, ice makers, washing machines, hoses and others can cause issues. For the most part, these appliances will show clear signs of issues, but a quick maintenance check won’t hurt!
Outdoor Plumbing Infrastructure
And don’t forget to go outside and check all of the drains and pipes external to your home. While the winter rains are unlikely to flood any systems, that doesn’t mean existing obstructions aren’t present and won’t cause issues moving forward. If there is any dirt, leaves and weeds near drainage, please be sure to clean them away to prevent root intrusion.
Once you’ve gotten through this maintenance checklist, rest assured – your plumbing is ready for the summertime! If you encounter any issues while doing this checklist, feel free to contact O’Brien Plumbing and Gas WA. O’Brien Plumbing is an experienced and qualified local plumbing team who service families and households around Perth, WA.