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Key Plumbing Tips for the Summer


Category: Plumbing

Like our clients in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, we eagerly anticipate the summer. However, just because the weather is lovely doesn't mean that your plumbing won't need some TLC. You may maintain the plumbing in your home in excellent condition by setting aside some time between vacations and sunbathing at the beach. We have developed some of our best summer plumbing advice for you to remember in order to assist you with this.

Why Is Summer Maintenance Required for Plumbing?

If you're wondering why it's important to worry about plumbing preparation for the summer, bear in mind that there are a number of typical plumbing issues that arise during the season. Since warmer weather finds most people using more water, the warm temperatures can take quite a toll on your home’s plumbing system. Sprinkler system leaks from watering the lawn, broken water heaters from your family's need for hot water for showers and laundry, and incredibly annoying clogged drains in the kitchen and bathroom are some of the most frequent issues.

Tips for Summer Plumbing

1. Inspect for Leaks

We believe that one of the greatest methods to conserve water and prevent a summertime water bill spike is by having leaks inspected. As a result, we advise you to look for any leaks in your faucets, shower heads, water heater, and the pipes under your sinks. After all, even for a short period of time, broken pipes in your home could result in major water damage.

2. Adjust Your Water Heater

Consider making adjustments to your water heater so that your water bill will remain low while you're away because it's probable that you and your family will be taking holidays and other enjoyable adventures over the summer. The majority of modern water heaters have dials that you can adjust to put them in "vacation" mode, which effectively turns them off. Consider installing a new water heater with this function if your current water heater is more than 15 years old.

3. Prepare for Routine Clogs

Unfortunately, plugged drains happen to practically every home at some point. Our staff at Boss Plumbing advises you to get a high-quality plunger as well as a three-foot-long auger to use on tough clogs if you want to be ready for these annoying and uncomfortable situations. Use the auger in your toilet with extreme caution, though. If you don't, you'll crack the vitreous china of the toilet, necessitating a contact to us to arrange for either a toilet repair or a new toilet installation.

4. Check Your Water Pressure

We advise you to examine your water pressure if you notice that there is little to no water in the shower and you also occasionally hear pipe noises while you wash the dishes or take a shower. If your toilet flushes slowly throughout the summer, you should still do this. Simply purchase a gauge from your neighborhood hardware store and fasten it to an outside spigot to check the water pressure. Standard water pressure for the majority of households in Los Angeles should be between 40 and 45 psi and should not exceed 60 psi. If so, call a professional to  investigate the issue with your home's water pressure.

5. Check Your Main Water Valve

Always checking your home's main water valve is one of our finest summer plumbing recommendations while getting your plumbing ready for summer. First of all, make sure you, other family members, and anyone who may be housesitting for you while you are on vacation knows where this valve is located and how to turn it off. You can come home to a flooded house if a plumbing catastrophe occurs while you are away.

6. Test Your Sump Pump

We advise testing your sump pump thoroughly before it might be needed if you reside in a region that frequently has summertime heavy rain and flash floods. To begin with, switch it on and off to confirm that it is powered. After that, fill it with a pail of water and watch it perform its magic. Once you're pleased, you'll be able to rest easy knowing your basement won't flood during the summer.

7. Be Kind to Your Garbage Disposal

As a result of the likely frequent entertaining you will do over the summer, there will be extra food waste for you to dispose of. Although your garbage disposal is excellent for this, nothing and anything should be thrown into the disposal. Don't let yourself or others get careless about what goes down the drain, and test it to make sure it is operating correctly. Therefore, be careful to dispose of the banana peels, celery, corn husks, and other items that can damage a disposal's blades and motor in a trash can or somewhere else.

Give Us a Call

You should be ready to go as you start enjoying the sun now that you have our best summer plumbing advice. However, if a clogged drain or broken water heater occurs unexpectedly, call Galaxy Plumbing & Solar System, Inc. at once to get your plumbing back on track.

Consider fixing a plumbing issue you may have before departing. Make an appointment with Galaxy Plumbing and Services.

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