When summer comes around, it often brings with it some of the hottest days of the year. For many, this means being outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, but for those who rely on plumbing systems for their home or commercial property, it can be a source of worry if the system is not maintained properly.
As summer rolls in, it is more important than ever to ensure that your plumbing system is working as it should be. Not only does this help to keep your home comfortable and your commercial property ticking over, but it also prevents costly repairs from becoming necessary. To help you understand how to keep your plumbing system in tip top shape over the summer, the team here at GM Services have put together our 6 top tips:
- Check for Leaks
Seems obvious right? But not enough people regularly check their plumbing systems for signs of leakage. One of the most common problems in plumbing systems during summer months is leaking. This is often caused by the expansion and contraction of the pipes due to the heat. Check all of your pipes for any signs of leaking and make sure to repair them as soon as possible before a small leak becomes a big problem.
- Check for Clogs
Clogs can be a major problem in the summer with dry debris, especially in drains. Make sure to check all of your drains regularly and remove any debris that has accumulated in them.
- Replace Old Pipes
If your plumbing system is older, it may be time to consider replacing it. Old pipes are more likely to break down due to the heat, leading to more frequent and costly repairs. If you are in doubt, a reputable engineer, such as one of our team at GM Services, can advise you if this needs to be done with your system- after all our engineers strongly believe prevention is better than cure.
- Insulate Pipes
Yes, this is something you should consider even in summer. Insulating your pipes is a great way to prevent them from becoming too hot in the summer. This will help to keep them running smoothly and prevent them from breaking down.
- Check for Corrosion
The summer heat can cause corrosion on metal pipes. Check all of your metal pipes for any signs of corrosion and make sure to replace them as soon as possible. If you are unsure, a reputable engineer can do this for you and ensure you prevent any corrosion issues from arising.
- Schedule Maintenance
This is absolutely essential for any plumbing system and one that is often overlooked. Scheduling regular maintenance for your plumbing system is one of the best ways to make sure it is running smoothly during the summer months. This will help to prevent any major problems from arising and ensure that your system is functioning properly.
These are just a few tips to help you keep your plumbing system in good working order during the summer. By taking the time to maintain your system, you can save yourself from incurring costly repairs.
If you would like to ensure that your plumbing system is maintained this summer (and for the rest of the year) contact our team here at GM Services in Cornwall. Our fully accredited team of experienced engineers firmly believe prevention is better than cure and we work to ensure your systems are maintained to the highest standard.