How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Summer

South Florida has beautiful weather almost all year long. Even today’s weather feels like summer. But in reality, summer hasn’t quite arrived yet and it’s time to get prepared. Floridians are familiar with summer weather that involves bright sunshiny days along with tremendous thunderstorms, floods, and humidity. The following tips will help you prepare your plumbing for summer weather.

  • Inspect the Sprinkler System – If you have a yard, chances are you have a sprinkler system. These sprinklers will be running during summer not just to keep your yard hydrated but also to keep your lawn looking it’s best. If you live in a neighborhood that has an HOA, it’s mandatory that your lawn looks as perfect as possible. Check the sprinkler system by going to each individual sprinkler located in the yard. Inspect if the sprinkler has rust or if there is a puddle of water around the sprinkler. Any evidence of a puddle means a leak can be involved and needs to be fixed immediately.
  • Clean the Pool – Chances are you have already been enjoying the spring weather splashing around in your pool. It’s essential to have a professional plumber or pool service inspect the pool equipment to assure everything is running properly. If water is leaking from the pool equipment responsible for filtering or processing water, you need to get it fixed right away.
  • Check for Leaks – A small leak under the kitchen sink might not seem like an urgent issue to solve but it will be soon enough. A small leak can grow quickly and cause damage to the surrounding area of your home. For example, if you have wooden floors in your kitchen and the leak under the sink becomes serious it will flood onto your floors causing damage to the wood. This means you will need to fix the leak along with damage done to the flooring which can be quite expensive.
  • Clean all Drains – Use a half cup of white vinegar and pour it down the sink or shower drain. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes then flush with hot water for 2 minutes. The vinegar dissolves buildup on the pipes and helps keep the water flowing easily.

As a homeowner, you need to prepare for the summer by identifying and fixing all leaks in the house as well as cleaning the drains to keep the water flowing properly. It’s also an excellent time of year to update plumbing that requires an upgrade.

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