The Expert Plumbers at Oliver Are Here to Help
Many individuals winterize their home each year, but how many perform the necessary plumbing inspection each summer? While you often call a plumber for indoor issues such as leaky sinks, clogged toilets, and shower drain issues you also may need help with some of your exterior plumbing fixtures. Check out this list of four plumbing maintenance items you should probably put on your to-do list.
Sump Pump Inspection
Heavy summer rainstorms can cause basement flooding if your sump pump is not well maintained. Each year you should ensure your sump pump is free of debris so it can properly expel water from your basement. Are you still worried about keeping your basement dry this year? Consider a water powered or battery backup sump pump to ensure you can still prevent a flood in the event of a prolonged power outage. The highly trained plumbers at Oliver can install a new sump pump for you if it’s time for an upgrade.
Check Your Water Heater
Whether you have a tank or tankless water heater, you can consider turning the temperature down in the summer. Homeowners typically use less hot water during the summer season and, especially for tank systems, keeping your water heater set at a higher temperature will result in an unnecessarily high energy bill. Has your water heater become inefficient over time? Reach out to Oliver today to install a new electric, natural gas, propane, or oil water heater in your home.
We’d recommend you visually inspect all of the pipes in the interior and exterior of your home every year after the winter. Even if you managed to avoid burst pipes throughout the winter you may still have experienced small internal pipe damage which could lead to leaks down the road. Be sure to look for signs of moisture on all of your walls and check pipes that are located on outer walls particularly closely. If you notice that your exterior faucet is leaking, contact Oliver today. You may need to replace the hose bib or potentially the entire faucet.
You should also inspect your plumbing vent pipes to be sure they’re not blocked. This could prevent your plumbing fixtures from draining properly which can result in many additional issues. Things such as leaves and bird nests can block the pipes over time and should be removed immediately to make sure water can flow.
Inspect Soil Near Sewer and Water Lines
Have you noticed soggy soil or pools of water in your yard even when it hasn’t rained? This could indicate that you have a sewer or water line break which needs to be fixed immediately. During your plumbing inspection, look for other telltale signs such as healthier, greener grass, increasing water bill, or low water pressure. If you’re unsure whether or not you’re experiencing an issue, contact the experts at Oliver.
Get a Professional Plumbing Inspection
Have you finished your plumbing inspection but you’re still unsure whether or not you have an issue? Give the plumbers at Oliver a call at 1-888-810-2681. We can take a look at anything in question and help you determine the best next steps. Whether that be installing a battery backup sump pump or a trenchless sewer line repair, we have you covered. Reach out today to request an estimate.