If you peruse online articles regarding the protection of residential plumbing systems, you’ll probably notice that there is a seasonal shift in focus once the winter months begin to approach. “How to Keep Pipes from Bursting this Winter,” “Preventing Frozen Pipes,” and so on. However, we here in Texas deal with more extreme summer heat than we do winter cold. That is why we’re reclaiming the seasonal plumbing topics for ourselves, and putting a hot-weather spin on them!
So let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can prepare your plumbing system for the summer season, shall we? (And yes, we are aware of the date. But usable knowledge never goes out of date, right?) As always, we are standing by to answer any questions that you may have, so feel free to reach out for answers or to schedule any plumbing services that you may need. When you’re after a great plumber in Helotes, TX, ours is the number to call!
Double Check Your Hoses and Connections Outside
While your indoor plumbing is probably the side of your plumbing system that you have the most direct interaction with, you really cannot afford to overlook the outdoor plumbing fixtures, connections, and hoses that you use outside. Because they may not be used as consistently throughout the year as your indoor plumbing components are, these outdoor parts of the plumbing puzzle at large can suffer some damages that may go unnoticed longer than is ideal—which is, of course, not at all!
If you’re using a sprinkler, after all, you don’t want to open the bib and go back in, unaware of the fact that you’re wasting water and ineffectively watering the lawn due to a “small” hose leak. Inspecting this equipment early on in the season will eliminate the risk of such problems.
Call a Plumber for a Water Heater Overhaul
Our clients are our top priority, so there is no “bad” time to call us. Even our great, dedicated plumbers cannot be everywhere at once, though. During the winter is when we’re most likely to be out dealing with water heater repairs and replacements, making the summertime the perfect time to have your water heater checked out.
We’ll drain the system, evaluate the anode rod and heating elements, and more. That way, you’ll get an optimal performance from your water heater—one that will carry you through to next summer, when we can do it all again! This appliance, after all, is way too important to take chances with.
Take Precautions for Vacations
You don’t want to be worrying about anything when you’re on your summer vacation. Especially not your plumbing system! Leaving the system unused for extended periods, however, can result in a buildup of pressure that could lead to damages.
If you’re going to be gone for a considerable stretch, then you can just shut off your water at the main shut-off. However, you can also invest in automatic shut-off valves and sensors that will detect leaks and ruptures and shut the system off for you when the strike. These are a good idea to have anyway, not just in the event of vacations!