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Summer Plumbing Precautions: Keeping Your Drains Clear and Cool

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the sunshine and outdoor activities, so the last thing you want to deal with is plumbing issues. For many households, the warmer months can be a busy time. More people mean more flushes, dishes and showers. This can put a strain on your plumbing system, which can lead to an unfortunate blockage. 

If you’re looking for peace of mind this summer, here are our top summer plumbing tips for homeowners. 

Inspect for Leaky Faucets

Winter can be tough on your plumbing system, so it’s always a good idea to check for leaks during the warmer months. Take your time to evaluate all faucets and plumbing fixtures for signs of leaks and water damage, such as mould, mildew, water stains, or a musty odour. Adding this task to your regular plumbing maintenance routine can help you catch leaks before it spirals out of control, saving you money and headaches in the future. 

Insulate Exposed Pipes 

You’ve likely heard that insulating exposed pipes during winter is crucial, but did you know it’s essential for summer too? Insulated pipes are a great way to regulate your home's temperature while protecting your pipes from unnecessary damage. We all know that pipes expand and contract as temperatures drop, but the same can happen as the summer months heat things up. Therefore, insulating your pipes helps you avoid this heat damage, which can lead to leaks and other water damage. 

Check Outdoor Taps & Hoses 

More time soaking up the sun and cooling off with the sprinklers can mean additional wear and tear on your outdoor faucets and hoses, causing significant damage to your pipes and wallet. Make a habit of checking your outdoor taps and hoses regularly for damage or leaks - at least once a month during the summer. Another preventative measure is investing in high-quality hose pipes or automatic shut-off nozzles to help prevent any water wastage. These regular checks can give you peace of mind, especially when knowing your outdoor plumbing system is in good condition. 

Try and Avoid Clogs 

Between family barbecues and outdoor fun with friends, a routine clog is bound to rear its ugly head. Be cautious about what goes down your pipes. A general rule is to avoid tossing grease, oil or large food particles down your sink. Adding strainers in sinks and showers to catch food debris and hair can be a great way to avoid unnecessary clogs. If you do find yourself having to contend with blocked pipes, use a plunger or homemade mixture of vinegar and baking soda to loosen any blockages. If all else fails, call a professional! 

Schedule a Professional Inspection 

Because summer is such a busy time for your home, regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring your plumbing system is in good working order. While doing it yourself is great, you should also schedule a professional plumbing inspection. This can help you extend the lifespan of your system while also addressing minor issues before they escalate. A licensed professional can also provide recommendations for improving the efficiency of your drains and preventing expensive emergency repairs and property damage.

Whether you’re dealing with a blocked or a collapsed drain, Clearpath Drainage is equipped to tackle any plumbing challenge. Our expert services and equipment are available 24/7, ensuring your plumbing system is up and running in no time. 

Trust the experts! Call us today.


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