Seasonal Plumbing Basics for Summer
Summer is typically a season that is pretty mild on plumbing. The biggest worries during these hot months is exposed plastic piping that gets direct sun but there is little of that in most homes these days. This lack of harmful activity and generally favorable weather makes summer a great time to do plumbing inspections and repairs. Here are some seasonal plumbing basics for summer.
General plumbing inspection around the bathroom
As was mentioned summer is a great time to take care of any plumbing problems and an overall bathroom inspection is a key part of that. Bathrooms often get ignored during spring and fall maintenance periods because they are not affected by weather. That is why it is great to make them part of a summer maintenance plan.
Take a look under the cabinets and around the fixtures to inspect for leaks. Dripping faucets and other leaks can double or triple your water bill each month. There is no need for this when either you or a plumbing professional can easily fix these types of problems easily and inexpensively.
One of the places that are important to check is around the base of toilets. Many times these are areas where moisture accumulates over a period of time from leaks, splashes and other obvious reasons; this can lead to rotting of the wood around the base of the toilet and cause some big problems. Black or white stains and rolling back of vinyl or other flooring around the base of the toilet are signs of rotting. If you find the wood is soft rock the toilet side to side to determine the extent of the rotting. If it has a lot of play in it then you may want to get the floor around the toilet replaced.
This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people don’t do it and end up paying a plumber to come unclog a stopped up toilet drain; that is make sure there is a trash can in every bathroom. Things that seem harmless for toilet drains like sanitary napkins, cotton swabs and dental floss are actually anything but. They tend to form spider like formations across toilet drain lines that catch toilet paper and other solids to form what is usually a clog that can only be gotten out by a plumber
The summer is a great time to inspect your outside sewer system plumbing too because of the favorable weather and the fact it is often ignored the rest of the year.
If you have a septic system open the cover and make sure there is not a lot of debris floating on top of it. If there is you may want to have a professional sewer company come drain it.
Check the ground where the sewer line runs from your bathroom to your septic tank. If there is rapid weed growth in one area you may want to dig up the dirt a little in that area to see if there is a leak in the line. If there is you will need to call a plumbing professional to repair the sewer line leak.
These are just a few things you can do in the summertime to keep your home’s plumbing system functioning well.