Welcome to another scorching-hot summer in Southwest Florida! While we experience heat all year long here in Florida, there’s no doubt that the next few months tend to be the worst of it. In the summer months, your air-conditioning unit bears the brunt of its impact, but have you ever considered what the heat might be doing to your plumbing?
How the Heat Impacts Plumbing
It’s no surprise that temperature can seriously affect your home or business’s plumbing, but how exactly does it happen? With many things, an abundance of heat causes things to expand, including your pipes! Your water pressure also falls victim to excessive heat, which can lead to bursting pipes, leaks, and a cut-off to all water flow to your home. Don’t worry! The experts at Avis are here to help you prepare and protect your plumbing for the inevitable heat SWFL will soon face.
Insulate Your Pipes
While you may have to endure the effects of the sun, your pipes don’t have to suffer the same fate. Just like you would apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harsh UV rays, exposed pipes should also have some layer of protection. Adding insulation around your pipes protects them from all types of weather. If you’re looking for a more cost-friendly option, painting the outside of your PVC pipes can reflect those rays, ultimately adding longevity to your home or business’s plumbing.
Inspect for Leaks
An undetected leak can be devastating, and though it may seem small at first, it can quickly grow and leave you with thousands of dollars in damage. In the summer months, people tend to use more water, so any leak that’s sprouted can significantly increase your monthly water bill. You should check the accessible plumbing within your home before warm weather sets in and look for supply line leaks and mold or mildew patches, inspecting sinks, faucets, and toilets.
Prepare to Tackle Clogs Head On
This summer, you may see an increase in clogged drains and pipes for a number of reasons. With increased water usage comes more opportunities for debris. Food, hair, and even oil and grease can become lodged in your home’s drain pipe and can lead to larger issues. If left unresolved, clogged drain pipes can lead to flooding, bursting pipes, harmful bacteria and microbes, mold, pest infestations, and even structural damage. As a result, health issues may arise and thousands of dollars may be spent in repairs.
Caution against using liquid drain cleaners as they erode your pipes and don’t typically resolve the issue, only push it further down the pipe. Best method is to try simple remediation methods such as pouring boiling hot water down your drain or using a rubber plunger.
If you’re not able to unclog your pipe using any of these plumber-approved methods, then it’s best to call in the professionals.
Contact the Experts at Avis
The best way to prepare your plumbing for the upcoming summer months is to schedule a plumbing inspection with a licensed plumber, like the ones at Avis Plumbing and Air Conditioning!
Some issues can be hard for businesses and homeowners to detect, but our plumbers possess the skills, knowledge, and experience to have your service completed without a question.
We provide around the clock, emergency services 24/7, 365 days a year in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Sanibel, and Captiva. Contact us today at (239) 542-4421 for Cape Coral services or (239) 481-1511 for Fort Myers services.