As we spring into summer, there is one important thing to keep in mind, have you looked into your residential plumbing situation?
Everyday plumbing maintenance can often be overlooked. But taking preventative measures during the summer months can help you cut down on costs, as well as avoid wasting water.
The winter months can cause major problems with pipes and drainage systems. Flooding from winter runoff, and continual freezing and thawing of pipes can leave your home at risk. It can cause problems with leakage and burst pipes.
A leaking pipe or water valve can often go unnoticed for long periods of time. It is a waste of water in the summer when many cities have water restrictions.
It can also lead to more serious problems like moisture seeping into the drywall and other interior parts of the home.
With these factors in mind, it is essential to keep a basic plumbing checklist to ensure that you’re ready for the summer.
1) Practice Safe Sprinkling
If you have an automatic sprinkler system be sure your sprinkler heads are clean and free of any external blockages like grass clippings or dead leaves.
This can place unnecessary pressure on the system and lead to burst water veins or a buildup of water pressure.
Test your sprinkler system before it is in regular use to be sure everything’s in working order.
Your sprinkler heads may have been damaged over the winter by ice or heavy snowfall.
It is best to replace broken heads before the summer season to avoid overstressing your system or wasting water with leaks.
Sprinkler heads can be replaced at your local hardware store, for an easy, at home project.
2) Keep An Eye Out For Expansion
Your pipes and appliances expand in the heat. The summertime is when you should be most aware of this.
Be sure to frequently check utilities such as your garden hose, washing machine hose and the lines of your sprinkler system around the outside of your house.
Anything exposed to the direct heat of the sun can easily expand and crack. If you notice cracks in your home, hose or other outdoor pipes, like your sprinkler system, be sure to get the areas replaced or updated.
Leaks in a hose can be a large source of summer water waste. This is especially important if you have a pool. Watch for cracks around the pool area, and get them filled immediately. They could be a sign of leaks.
3) Check Your Pipes
Look over your pipes and water tank and take stock of anything that looks out of the ordinary. Check to ensure that all valves are tight. There should be no wetness or water gathering anywhere.
Look closely for any sign of rust or buildup and take stock of parts that may need to be replaced.
You can also check the area around your house. Is there a part of your yard that collects water? If so, you may need to install a better drainage system.
You do not want water to sit in one area of your yard, especially if there are water restrictions that limit sprinklers.
4) Watch Your Water Pressure
Water pressure is the term used to describe the force water has when it runs through your pipes. Water pressure for all appliances can be lower in the summer.
There is a standard level of water pressure that all homes commercial buildings and stratas maintain, however you may notice a decrease in pressure from what you’re used to during the summer months.
Your water pressure can vary naturally, especially if you are located on a hill or incline. It is much harder for water to be transferred to these areas.
During the summer, however, when more people are using water to keep cool, the water pressure will naturally run lower.
To avoid this problem, try not to shower, use the sprinkler system or bathe at peak times during the day.
Low water pressure can also be a sign of a burst water main. This is a much more serious issue and you should contact your plumber immediately.
Get a Professional Opinion
If you are unsure about whether or not your pipes are up to date, it is often a good idea to call your plumber. A professional plumber will be able to check all aspects of your plumbing and drainage systems.
This is especially important when it comes to monitoring areas that are difficult to access like plumbing systems underground or the sewer system. Yearly maintenance is recommended to avoid plumbing emergencies.
Hillcrest Plumbing and Heating has over 50 years of experience servicing Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We are a team of qualified, friendly plumbers that you can trust. If you are looking for a plumber in the area, contact us with any questions or projects!