The kids may be out of school for the season, which means you might be enjoying a little relief in your schedule. Now that you don’t have to worry about driving children to school or supervising homework, it’s time to tend to some of those tasks you haven’t had time for all school year – including your plumbing. Here are a few common summer tasks we recommend people address to maintain the healthy lives of their pipes and septic systems.
Check Your Pipes and Valves
Summer can be one of the biggest culprits for broken pipes as your water consumption increases. When we use more water, it puts more stress on the hardworking systems that transport it in and out. Check the pipes, hoses, and valves under your sinks for any signs of damage and replace accordingly to avoid any water damage to your home.
Prepare for Your Vacation
Summer takes a lot of families out of their homes to explore the world. If you have a big family trip planned this season, prepare your home before you leave. Consider turning your system off completely by using your water master turnoff switch. Lack of use can lead to higher water pressure, which means you can create wear and tear on your pipes more quickly. If you don’t want to turn off your water, at least turn down your water heater. Built-up hot water tends to create the most issues (not to mention incur the most cost).
Do a Water Pressure Check-up
While you’re at it, give your water system a check-up to make sure the pressure runs at a healthy level. Much like your body’s blood pressure, a high level can lead to systemic problems. If you’re running over 55 to 65 PSI, consider a pressure regulator. If you have one and it’s still high, it’s time for a replacement. Water pressure regulators do more than just help prevent leaks and other issues, they can save you a lot of money. When your system runs at a lower pressure, it uses less water, which means less stress on your water bill.
Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to complete a plumbing checkup. Contact us if you have any more questions or need service.