Summer is a time for relaxation, vacations, sunshine, and enjoying the natural beauty that Hampton Roads has to offer. For many, it’s also the season to head to your vacation home or beach house, which see increased use during these sunny months. However, whether it’s your primary residence or a summer getaway, the season can bring a host of plumbing issues that you should be on the lookout for.
From busted pipes to clogged drains, the heightened usage and unpredictable weather can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system. Fortunately, with a few preventive measures and the help of Worley’s Home Services, you can give yourself the best chance of avoiding a plumbing emergency. Here are some essential plumbing tips to keep in mind.
1. Protect Your Pipes from Bursting
Summer heat can pose a few threats to main exterior plumbing pipes. Increased root growth, dry soil, and temperature fluctuations can cause pipes to burst in the summer, which happens more often than one might think. This becomes especially true for vacation homes that might not be regularly monitored. Regularly check for signs of wear and tear on any visible pipes, and take note of any drop in water pressure or leaks immediately.
2. Ensure a Steady Supply of Hot Water
With more people at home during the summer, and especially in vacation homes and beach houses, the demand for hot water increases. Consider adjusting your water temperature to a moderate setting to reduce time in between heating periods, and save a little money in the process. Schedule a maintenance check with Worley’s Home Services to ensure it’s running efficiently, and if your water heater is on its last leg, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater.
Tankless water heaters are smaller than traditional tanked water heaters, and can be installed just about anywhere (like a small bathroom closet). They provide instantaneous hot water for as long as you need it, and you won’t waste any more money heating up water you aren’t going to use!
3. Tackle Persistent Leaks Promptly
A small pipe or faucet leak can lead to significant water waste in no time at all. Regularly inspect your faucets, showerheads, and toilets for any signs of leaks. If detected, get them fixed immediately by professionals like Worley’s Home Services.
4. Prevent Drain Clogs
Increased usage in both primary residences and vacation homes means more showers, more cooking, more laundry, and more chances of clogs. Avoid disposing of grease, food particles, coffee grounds, and non-biodegradable items down the drain. Use strainers to catch debris and consider a professional drain cleaning service if you notice slow drainage.
5. Care for Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems
Outdoor faucets and sprinklers are prone to damage from wear and tear. Regularly inspect them for leaks and ensure they’re turned off when not in use. If you notice any issues, call Worley’s Home Services for prompt repairs.
6. Be Prepared for Heavy Rains
Heavy summer rains can lead to sewer line backups, especially in areas near the beach or low-lying vacation spots. Ensure your sewer lines are clear of obstructions. Installing a backflow prevention valve can also prevent sewage from flowing back into your home.
7. Monitor Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are crucial in preventing basement flooding, especially in vacation homes that might be left unattended for periods. Test your sump pump regularly by pouring water into the pit. If it doesn’t activate, it’s time to call Worley’s Home Services for a check-up.
Benefits of Regularly Maintained Plumbing:
- Energy and water bill savings
- Longevity of equipment
- Peace of mind
- A more eco-friendly home
Call Worley’s Home Services: Your Plumbing Expert in Hampton Roads
When it comes to ensuring a hassle-free summer, homeowners throughout Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, the Southside area, and the rest of the 757 trust Worley’s. Whether it’s a primary residence or a cherished beach house, our 24/7 availability for all plumbing emergencies and a commitment to top-notch service make us the region’s trusted expert.