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Summer Plumbing Preventative Checklist

Summer is finally here in London and so is the warm weather. Why wait until its cold and miserable outside to diagnose that wet basement or plumbing problem? Why not do that exploratory look-see for things like tree roots, leaks, and general wear and tear while the weather is nice. You know what they say, an ounce of prevention. Hopefully you won’t have to be out when the weather is nasty if you’ve taken the time now to fix or discover potential problems.

1. Water Pressure

This is a relatively easy thing to check for. To check your water pressure, run water in the kitchen sink and the bathtub at the same time. Some might flush a toilet at the same time for good measure. If the water pressure lessens on any of the outlets, this could signal a variety of problems from mineral deposits in the pipes, an obstruction, or something worse.

2. Toilet

This is an unpleasant surprise in any season, but less troublesome in summer. Is there any leakage around the base of the toilet? Are any tiles loose or curling from water damage? Best get that fixed before a little problem becomes a BIG headache.

3. Washing Machine

Your washing machine is connected to both hot and cold water lines, and also has a drain to evacuate the dirty water. Hoses wear over time and are easy and inexpensive to replace. Check for water damage from leaks especially around the water sources. Make sure the drain isn’t clogged or the hose punctured.

4. Water Heater

It’s inconvenient to run out of hot water in the summer. Let’s not even think about losing hot water in the winter. How old is your water heater? Models that are more than 15 years old should be replaced sooner than later. Check any exposed pipes for leakage or damage. If you have hard water or other water impurities, know that this can reduce the efficiency and delivery of hot water.

5. Sewer Lines

This is not as unpleasant as it sounds. Summer is the best time of year to check if tree roots have grown to obstruct the sewer line and cause obstructions. Check the main drains in the house. Some things to look for include:

  • Toilet efficiency – does it take two or more flushes to clear the bowl? The sewer could be constricted.
  • Check the drains in the basement for standing water, odours or slow draining.
6. Outdoor Faucets

Examine the outdoor faucets and sprinkler heads for leaks or standing water. Turn the water off to an outdoor tap for a day, if there’s wetness detected when everything else is dry you have a leak. An outdoor faucet will drip water down the foundation of your home which is not good.

Be proactive now in identifying and solving these problems in the summer. It might be a nasty job to fix, but it doesn’t have to be made more unpleasant by being out in terrible weather too. Call the experts at BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors for more information on summer plumbing tips and for expert advice and service.

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