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Preparing Your Plumbing For Summer: A Handy Checklist

As summer approaches and the temperature rises, homeowners often think about preparing their homes for the heat, perhaps by installing air conditioning units, servicing their fans, or even getting the pool ready for those lazy afternoon dips. However, your home’s plumbing also needs attention during this season. Preparing your plumbing system for the summer can help you avoid unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Here’s a handy checklist to guide you through the process.

1. Inspect Your Outdoor Faucets

Outdoor faucets get a lot of use during the summer months, whether it’s watering your garden, filling up a swimming pool, or washing your car. Ensure they’re in good condition and are not leaking. A leaking faucet can waste a lot of water over the season, which can add up on your water bill.

2. Check Your Sprinkler System

Inspect your sprinkler heads for any damages that might have been caused during the winter. Run your system to check for leaks and ensure all zones are getting adequate water coverage. Don’t forget to adjust your sprinkler timers to follow local water restrictions if any.

3. Service Your Water Heater

Your water heater works overtime during the colder months, so give it some TLC as the seasons change. Flush out the system to remove any sediment build-up, which can cause the water heater to work harder and decrease its lifespan.

4. Check the Sump Pump

Summer storms can sometimes bring heavy rainfall. To avoid flooding, ensure your sump pump is working correctly. Consider installing a battery backup system if you don’t have one already, as summer storms can often cause power outages.

5. Inspect Your Sewer System

If your home is located in a region where summer is accompanied by heavy rainfalls, your sewer lines could be at risk from overflowing due to increased water volume. If your sewer system hasn’t been inspected or cleaned in a while, now is a good time to get it done.

6. Check Your Gutters and Downspouts

While this isn’t directly linked to your plumbing, it’s an important point to remember. Clean gutters and clear downspouts help direct rainwater away from your house and prevent water damage.

7. Inspect Your Toilets and Bathroom Faucets

Toilets and faucets can develop leaks over time. Even a small leak can lead to significant water loss. Checking them regularly and fixing any leaks promptly can help save water and money.

Being proactive and preparing your plumbing system for the summer can help you avoid any unwelcome surprises, saving you time and money. But remember, while some of these tasks can be performed by homeowners, it’s always best to reach out to professional plumbers for regular maintenance and to tackle any larger issues.

At Preferred Plumbing Professionals, we specialize in helping homeowners maintain their plumbing systems. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (785) 506-4898 if you need assistance with your summer plumbing preparations.  Let’s ensure your plumbing system is as ready for summer as you are!

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