While everyone knows about frigid weather’s ability to burst pipes, not many homeowners are aware of the pitfalls excessive heat can bring to your plumbing system. When you live in Utah, the summer heat can bring just as many complications to your plumbing system as winter’s cold. With temperatures rising in excess of 100 degrees in August and September, it’s a good idea to protect your pipes from excessive water loss, blockages, and bursting. With a little care and preparation, you can ensure your water bills remain low and your plumbing systems remain intact for years to come. Following the tips below is a great first step for keeping your plumbing working perfectly.
Replace any cracked or aging hoses or outdoor fixtures
It’s simple science; heat makes things expand—even the water in your hoses and pipes. So, if you’re still using a cracked and aging water hose in your backyard or you notice damaged water fixtures in your home, it’s best to get them replaced. The longer you let a crack sit, the wider the damage can become, and the more water will be wasted. While a few drips a minute may not seem like much, the truth is that wasted water will add up to much higher utility bills as time passes. So, save yourself from excessive monthly water bills by investing in some new water fixtures and hoses from a local hardware store. In the long run, you’ll be glad you did.
Avoid excess water usage and improve your water pressure
You hear about it all the time; there’s a drought in countless counties across the region. In the summer months, the problem only gets worse. With so many people filling pools, running their sprinklers for hours, and washing their cars on their driveways, it should be no surprise your water pressure is a little lacking. You can take some steps to combat the problem by limiting your water usage to nonpeak hours. Keep an eye out for when your neighbors are sprinkling their yards and using water, and then plan to use your water a few hours later. You’ll find your water pressure is much better, and you’ll actually save money on your utility bill. Limiting the amount of water you use for an automatic sprinkler system is also a great way to conserve water. By setting your sprinklers for late at night just three days a week and only running them for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, you’ll be helping not only your budget, but your entire neighborhood.
Check your sprinkler system for obstructions
Like any plumbing system in your home, a sprinkler system needs the same ongoing maintenance and occasional servicing to run efficiently and effectively. If you have an automated sprinkler system, it’s important to check the sprinkler heads for obstructions at least twice a year. When a sprinkler outlet gets clogged by dirt, grass clippings, and other debris, it creates a buildup of pressure that can ultimately lead to a bursting water main. Likewise, a damaged sprinkler head can leak and waste water since it’s control valve isn’t functioning correctly. Sprinkler heads are typically easy to replace and very affordable. With a little care and observation, you’ll find your sprinkler system will work perfectly for years.
Check your home’s pipes
Just as you might check your pipes in the winter for any leaks or degradation, it’s important to check them in the summer as well. Eroded pipes can waste just as much water in excessive heat as they do in the freezing cold of the snowy season. The reason for this is old pipes tend to sweat with moisture. When the outside heat temperature is hotter than the temperature of the water in your pipes, condensation forms on the pipes and can give the appearance of a leak. By insulating your pipes with high-temperature rubber insulation, you can avoid this problem. This type of insulation is also great at protecting your pipes during the colder months and can help avoid bursts by ensuring the water in your pipes doesn’t freeze. While you’re looking for condensation, keep an eye out for any excessive erosion or damage to your pipe junctions. These are vital water flow points that can cause significant water damage to your home if they burst or crack.
Contact a professional plumbing service
If you’re still experiencing excessively high water bills or have a concern about an eroded pipe, it’s best to contact a professional plumbing service that can diagnose the issue and ensure it’s resolved quickly. At All-Star Service & Repair, we specialize in plumbing diagnostics, repairs, and installations. We’re happy to help guide you on how to protect your home’s plumbing system, and we can come to your home quickly if you experience a plumbing emergency. Contact us today for more information.
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