Summer Plumbing Maintenance Tips


Spring fills us with hope and renewed energy, but “Summertime is always the best of what might be,” said Charles Bowden. Most of us begin reorganizing our yards and homes after Memorial Day. At Bradbury Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing, we focus on indoor air filters, ductwork, and plumbing! You should too.

Add Plumbing to Your Sumer To-Dos

In a movie set in the ‘50s, one classroom exercise discussed new technologies; one student said, “Indoor plumbing.” The things we take for granted were last century’s marvels! You too should be grateful for indoor plumbing, and plumbing should also be one of your home improvement projects:

  • Check faucets and clean your storm drains. If your outdoor faucet drips or your garden hose leaks, you may have a cracked pipe.
  • Drain a few gallons from your water heater and check for sediment.
  • If you have a sump pump, check it by running a vinegar mixture through it. This can eliminate mold, mildew, and some bacteria.
  • In Texas, we get our fair share of water runoffs and flooding during the spring. Summer is a good time to inspect your pipes just to see if water has pooled on the ground or in your garage that wasn’t there before.
  • Inspect your water supply valves. Located under toilets and sinks, water supply valves can be turned off if you need to effect plumbing repairs. Because they sit idle so long, they can stick. Simply turn them to ensure they move easily.
  • Look for cracks or broken connections and clean the cobwebs off plumbing pipes.
  • Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet bowl. If you see the dye on the floor or the toilet, you may have a leak. Sometimes it’s simple; a broken seal.
  • Pour hot water down outdoor drains to check for clogs/buildup that may slow the drainage.

We Encourage DIY

…But never at the risk of injury or inefficiency. Plumbing is what we do, and we know about new technologies that can make your life easier and healthier. Call 281-651-5484, 936-271-2030 or contact us to schedule your summer residential or commercial inspection.

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