Your home’s plumbing requires year-round care and attention. Each season brings its own challenges, which can put your plumbing to the test and even cause it to breakdown if you haven’t protected it properly. With summer almost here, now is a great time to prepare your plumbing for the sweltering temperatures it must endure.
Tips for Protecting Your Plumbing from the Summer Heat
While you may enjoy the summer weather, your home’s plumbing probably doesn’t handle it as well as you do. Due to that fact, it is important that you do what you can to prepare your plumbing to survive summer.
The following are a few tips that can help you protect your plumbing from the summer heat:
- Check for leaky pipes. During the summer, water usage spikes, which can put a lot of pressure on your plumbing. If your pipes have leaks, all that extra usage and pressure can cause them to burst, which would cause catastrophic damage and result in an expensive repair bill. Fortunately, many plumbers offer leak detection and repair services. Having a professional inspect your pipes and make sure they are leak-free and ready to handle the added pressure of summer can save you a lot a time and money.
- Keep your AC drains clean. In addition to using more water during the summer, people run their air conditioners more often. Your AC unit has a drain that is used to remove condensation produced by your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. If your AC drain isn’t cleaned occasionally, it can result in a clog, which could damage your AC unit at the worst time of year. In addition, if the condensation can’t drain from your AC unit, it will build up and eventually evaporate, which can lead to higher humidity levels in your home. Not only will the increased humidity feel uncomfortable, but it could also result in mold and mildew growing in your home.
- Make sure your pipes are insulated. Summer heat can cause your pipes to expand, which can reduce the water pressure in your pipes and result in leaks developing. Insulating your pipes can prevent them from being impacted by temperature extremes during the summer and all year round.
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