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Summer Plumbing Safety: Essential Tips and Best Practices for a worry-free season

As summer arrives, it’s essential to pay attention to your plumbing system’s safety and maintenance. The warmer months bring unique challenges that can impact your pipes, fixtures, and overall plumbing performance. By following a few precautions and implementing best practices, you can avoid potential issues and enjoy a stress-free summer. Here are some valuable tips and insights from our team at JT Nelson to help you maintain a safe and efficient plumbing system throughout the season. From protecting against clogged drains to conserving water, read on to discover how to keep your plumbing running smoothly this summer.

Check for Outdoor Plumbing LeaksCheck for Outdoor Plumbing Leaks

Inspect your outdoor plumbing fixtures, including hoses, sprinkler systems, and outdoor faucets, for leaks. These leaks can lead to wastage of water and a strain on your plumbing system. Make sure to repair any leaks promptly to avoid water damage and excessive water bills. We recommend checking connections, valves, and hoses, and replacing any damaged or worn-out parts.

Protect Pipes from Extreme Heat

High summer temperatures can affect your plumbing pipes, leading to expansion, leaks, or even bursts. To protect your pipes from extreme heat, consider insulating exposed pipes or those located in areas prone to overheating, such as attics or crawl spaces. Insulation helps regulate the temperature and prevents potential damage. Additionally, avoid leaving garden hoses connected to outdoor faucets under direct sunlight, as this can cause pressure build-up and potential pipe damage.

Prevent Clogged Drains

Summer often means more outdoor activities, which can increase the risk of debris and dirt finding their way into your drains. To prevent clogged drains, use drain strainers or screens in sinks, showers, and tubs to catch hair, food particles, and other debris. Regularly clean these strainers to ensure proper water flow. It’s also important to avoid pouring grease, oil, and other substances down the drain, as they can solidify and cause blockages. Instead, dispose of them in designated containers.

Protect Pipes from Extreme HeatBe Mindful of Water Usage

Conserving water during the summer is not only environmentally friendly but also beneficial for your utility bills. Take shorter showers, fix any leaky faucets or toilets promptly, and water your lawn and garden during cooler hours to minimize evaporation. Consider installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances to further reduce water usage. JT Nelson suggests using sprinklers and irrigation systems with timers to ensure efficient and targeted watering.

Know the Location of Shut-Off Valves

Familiarize yourself with the location of shut-off valves for your water supply. In case of a plumbing emergency, such as a burst pipe or major leak, knowing how to quickly turn off the water can help minimize potential damage. Locate the main shut-off valve for your home and learn how to operate it. Additionally, identify the individual shut-off valves for toilets, sinks, and other fixtures. If you plan to be away from home for an extended period during the summer, consider shutting off the main water supply to prevent any surprises upon your return.

By implementing these summer plumbing safety precautions and best practices, you can enjoy a worry-free season without any plumbing mishaps. Remember to perform regular maintenance, address issues promptly, and seek professional assistance when needed. We are here to help ensure your plumbing system remains in top condition.

JT Nelson is your go-to solution for maintaining sewer lines and septic systems in Central Maine and beyond. We understand the importance of uninterrupted business operations, which is why we offer efficient services that keep your doors open. With our precise processes and careful approach, we ensure minimal disruption and maintain the appearance of your property. Our advanced sewer camera allows us to diagnose issues accurately and provide effective solutions. Trust JT Nelson for reliable maintenance and repairs tailored to your needs. Contact us today for exceptional service and optimal plumbing system performance.