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Summer Plumbing Tips for Homeowners!

Summer is a great time for bike rides, trips to the beach, hiking, road trips and all sorts of other fun ways to enjoy the nice weather. The warmer weather also makes it easier to take care of chores around the house, which should include making sure the plumbing in your home is in proper working order. Here are a few simple summer plumbing checks you can do to confirm everything is working properly.

• Check Under the Sink

One of the first things you can do to make sure there are no leaks in any of your sinks is to check in the cupboards under the sink. If you notice and warping or water damage, it is likely a leak has recently formed in either the supply tubes or the trap.

• Check the Washing Machine

You may find that you tend to use your washing machine a little more often in the summer than any other time of year. With this in mind, it is a good idea to check the hoses attached to your washer for any bulges or cracks that may turn into leaks. Most hardware or plumbing supply stores carry replacement washing machine hoses should you need to install a new one.

• Check the Basement and Foundation

Over the winter months, cracks can start to form in your foundation due to the cold weather and potential ice build ups. Now that the weather is warmer and groundwater flows more easily, you may want to check your basement for any signs of leaks, especially after a rainstorm. Should you discover any sign of a leak, be sure to get it taken care of, as these types of leaks can lead to major damage if not sufficiently waterproofed.

• Check the Water Heater

If you have a water heater that is over ten years old it may be a good idea to start looking for a replacement. To determine how old your water heater is, check the serial number printed on the tank. The first four digits represent the month and year your water heater was made. Now is also a good time to drain a few litres of water from the tank in order to reduce the amount of sediment that can build up and cause your heater to work harder than it normally should.

• Check your Toilet

While you’re performing all of these checks, it is a good idea to make sure there are no issues with any of the toilets in your home. A quick way to make sure your toilet base is properly sealed is to make sure the floor around the toilet doesn’t feel spongy when you step on it. If you notice any areas where the floor feels weaker or tiles feel loose, you may need to replace the seal on your toilet.

Should any of your inspections reveal a plumbing problem that needs fixing, don’t hesitate to contact us at JJ’s Plumbing. Our plumbing experts are ready to provide you with top quality repairs to get your house back to normal as quickly as possible. For more tips on how to keep the plumbing in your house running smoothly this summer check out our website, or join us on Facebook and Twitter.