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Summer Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Keep cool & leak-free!

As temperatures soar and the sun blazes, Louisiana summer brings not only pool days and barbecues but also unique challenges for your plumbing system. From increased water usage to potential issues with outdoor plumbing fixtures, the warmer months demand extra attention to keep your plumbing in top shape. 

To help you stay ahead of the game, we’ve compiled a comprehensive summer plumbing maintenance checklist. The best time to do summer plumbing maintenance is before the season’s peak, ideally in late spring or early summer. 

By addressing any issues proactively, you can ensure your plumbing system is in top condition to handle the increased demands of the warmer months ahead. Follow these tips to ensure a stress-free summer without any plumbing surprises.

1. Inspect Outdoor Fixtures: Start by examining your outdoor plumbing fixtures such as hoses, sprinklers, and outdoor faucets. Winter frost may have caused damage, leading to leaks or cracks. Replace any damaged components to prevent water waste and potential flooding.

2.  Check for Leaks: Conduct a thorough inspection of all indoor and outdoor pipes for leaks. Look for signs of water stains, mold growth, or pooling water, especially in basements, crawl spaces, and under sinks. Addressing leaks promptly can save water and prevent costly water damage repairs.

3. Inspect Sewer Lines: Summer storms and tree roots can wreak havoc on your sewer lines, leading to backups and unpleasant odors. Schedule a professional inspection to identify any potential issues and address them before they escalate into major problems.

4. Test Sump Pump: Heavy summer rains can overwhelm your home’s drainage system, leading to flooding. Even in homes without basements, it’s wise to ensure your sump pump pit is clear of any debris and the pump itself is in working order to handle heavy summer rains.

5. Check Water Heater: Summer is the perfect time to inspect your water heater for any signs of wear and tear. Look for rust or corrosion on the tank and connections, and flush the tank to remove sediment buildup, which can reduce efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your water heater.

6. Test Outdoor Drains: Ensure that outdoor drains are clear of debris and functioning properly. Remove any dirt, leaves, or other obstructions that may impede water flow and lead to flooding or water damage.

7. Inspect Washing Machine Hoses: Summer means more outdoor activities and laundry loads, putting extra strain on your washing machine hoses. Check for signs of wear, such as bulges or cracks, and replace them if necessary to prevent costly water damage from a burst hose.

8. Monitor Water Usage: With the kids out of school and more time spent at home, your water usage may increase during the summer months. Be mindful of your water consumption and consider installing water-saving fixtures and appliances to conserve water and lower your utility bills.

9. Schedule Professional Maintenance: While DIY maintenance is essential, it’s also crucial to schedule regular professional inspections and maintenance for your plumbing system. A licensed plumber can identify potential issues early on and provide expert solutions to keep your plumbing running smoothly all summer long.

Work with Local Plumbing Experts

Ready to ensure your plumbing is in top shape for summer? By following this summer plumbing maintenance checklist, you can enjoy a worry-free season knowing that your plumbing system is in top condition.

Contact Pioneer Comfort Systems today to schedule professional maintenance and inspection services. Our team of experts is here to help keep your plumbing running smoothly all summer long. Don’t wait until it’s too late—take action now and enjoy a cool and leak-free summer!