Ensure Your Piping Beats the Summer Heat: Summer Plumbing/Piping Tips

03B65748Many homeowners in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin look forward to the summertime, and for good reason. After all, the summer is the best time to hit the swimming pool, go on vacations, and enjoy barbecues with the entire family. Of course, during the summer, homeowners tend to use water more than they do during the other three seasons. This is particularly true when it comes to homeowners who need to maintain swimming pools. In the summer, water usage can go up as much as two to four times. As you can probably guess, the excessive use of water during the summer can easily strain our plumbing systems. It should come to no one's surprise that many homeowners encounter all sorts of plumbing issues between June and August, which tend to be the hottest months of the year. However, it is important to realize that many of these issues can be avoided altogether with proper maintenance. Here are a few tips that will help you ensure that your piping will beat the summer heat.

Prep Your Piping for Vacation

Most families go on vacation during the summer months. If you're going away on vacation for more than a few days, you can prep your piping by turning down the temperature of the water heater. Since you won't be there to use the water, you won't be doing any harm whatsoever by turning the temperature of the water heater down a few degrees. This will help you save money on your energy bill, especially if you have a tendency to travel frequently during the summer. Just be sure to hike up the temperature once you get back from vacation.

Take Care of Your Sprinklers

During the summertime, many homeowners make great use of their sprinklers. Be sure to care for your sprinklers so that they continue to work for many years to come. If you're not careful, you can easily damage your sprinkler system while mowing the lawn. Also, your children can damage the sprinkler system by playing in the lawn. Prior to the summertime, you should ensure your sprinklers work properly to prevent flooding. Repair the sprinkler system immediately if it is damaged.

Fix Broken Toilets

The summer is a great time to fix toilets, especially since so many homeowners take their paid vacation during this season. Since children are home from school for the summer, your toilet may be used more often. If your toilet makes a strange sound every time you flush it or if the toilet requires you to jiggle the handle for a good flush, you should have a plumber inspect it. A broken toilet could be wasting you many gallons of water each and every day. If this is the case, you are wasting money with every flush of the toilet. Fixing broken toilets is a vital component of summer plumbing. Not only can bad piping cost you money in the form of high water bills, but it can also cost you in the form of water damage. For more information about summer piping, don't hesitate to contact the Leaders in Disaster Restoration.
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