Summer Plumbing Tune-Up Guide

By: The Woodlands Plumbing & Air | Published 05/09/2024


By Allen Harkleroad

As the summer sun beats down on The Woodlands, TX, homeowners are gearing up for the season of backyard barbecues, pool parties, and family gatherings. While you’re preparing your home for summer fun, don’t forget to give your plumbing system some attention. The Woodlands Plumbing & Air is here to help you keep your plumbing running smoothly with our essential summer plumbing tune-up guide.

1. Inspect Outdoor Fixtures: Start by checking your outdoor faucets, hoses, and sprinkler systems for any signs of wear or damage. Tighten connections and replace worn-out parts to prevent leaks and ensure efficient water usage throughout the summer months.

2. Clear Gutters and Downspouts: With the occasional summer storms rolling through The Woodlands, it’s crucial to keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage to your roof, siding, and foundation, so take the time to clean them out before the rainy season hits.

3. Check for Leaks Inside and Out: Take a tour of your home to check for any signs of water leaks, both inside and out. Look for water stains on walls or ceilings, musty odors, or dampness in crawl spaces. Addressing leaks early can save you from costly repairs and potential mold issues down the line.

4. Test Your Sump Pump: If your home is equipped with a sump pump, now is the time to test it to ensure it’s in proper working order. Pour water into the sump pit and listen for the pump to kick on. If it doesn’t activate, you may need to have it serviced or replaced to prevent basement flooding during heavy rainstorms.

5. Schedule a Sewer Line Inspection: Don’t overlook the importance of your sewer lines, especially during the summer when tree roots can infiltrate pipes and cause backups. Schedule a professional sewer line inspection to catch any issues early and avoid major plumbing emergencies.

6. Flush Your Water Heater: Sediment buildup in your water heater can reduce its efficiency and lifespan. Flushing the tank will help remove any sediment and ensure you have a reliable supply of hot water for showers, baths, and dishes all summer long.

7. Check Toilet Functionality: A leaky toilet can waste a surprising amount of water and drive up your utility bills. Check for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring to the tank and waiting to see if it appears in the bowl. If it does, you may need to replace the flapper or other components to stop the leak.

8. Inspect Washing Machine Hoses: Inspect your washing machine hoses for signs of wear or damage, such as cracks or bulges. Replace any hoses that show signs of wear to prevent water damage from a sudden burst.

9. Clean Showerheads and Faucets: Mineral deposits can build up in your showerheads and faucets over time, reducing water pressure and efficiency. Clean them regularly to keep the water flowing freely and consider installing low-flow fixtures to conserve water.

10. Test Your Outdoor Sprinkler System: Make sure your outdoor sprinkler system is in good working order by testing each zone and checking for leaks or damaged sprinkler heads. Adjust your watering schedule as needed to keep your lawn and landscaping looking lush without wasting water.

11. Inspect Pool and Spa Plumbing: If you have a pool or spa, take the time to inspect the plumbing lines, filters, and pumps for any signs of leaks or damage. Proper maintenance will ensure you can enjoy a refreshing dip all summer long without any unexpected interruptions.

12. Prevent Clogged Drains: With more people at home and frequent gatherings, it’s essential to prevent clogged drains in your kitchen and bathroom. Use drain strainers to catch hair and debris, and avoid pouring grease or food scraps down the sink.

By following these summer plumbing tune-up tips from The Woodlands Plumbing & Air, you can ensure your home is ready for whatever the summer months bring. If you encounter any plumbing issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of skilled technicians is here to provide expert plumbing services and keep your home running smoothly all summer long!

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