Summer Tips for Plumbing Maintenance

No matter if you have a water pipe or a gas line, it is important to repair leaks as early as possible. Summer is an important time to do some basic plumbing maintenance. At General Plumbing, we work to educate our clients about best practices for keeping water and gas lines in great shape as long as possible. These summer tips offer a head start by locating water and gas leaks.

Inspect Faucets Year-Round

One of the best plumbing tips for homeowners is to regularly inspect indoor and outdoor faucets year-round. To begin, homeowners should look for standing water, trickles, and drips coming from a faucet’s nozzle or fixture. Once the water is turned on, it should only flow from the nozzle. A quick inspection should reveal any leaks from the sides of the fixture or from any exposed pipes leading to the faucet.

Watch for Leaks in Sprinkler Systems

There are also a few summer tips that should be followed. Sprinkler systems are a common source for leaks, particularly during summer when they run more often. Lawnmowers can easily bust a sprinkler head. Leaks often go undetected if sprinklers operate on a timer when nobody is present to notice problems. Each of these problems can be solved by regular inspection of the entire watering system to be sure it is operating correctly.

Remember to Check Gas Lines

Gas leaks are also common during summer, particularly near outdoor grills. The last of the summer tips is to do a sniff test close to any gas line. This will generally reveal larger leaks. For a closer inspection, it is possible to detect even small leaks by putting a small amount of dish detergent on the gasket of a gas line. If bubbles appear, it is a sign that gas is escaping.

These tips for summer are sure to help any homeowner stay on top of leaks. General Plumbing is a great resource for customers with additional plumbing questions or concerns, so contact us today at (561) 771-0086.

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