Here in Lexington, Kentucky, we’re more than used to the crazy weather that can come with the spring and summer months. And while there are many things you can do to prep your plumbing for potential summer storms, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for all aspects of summer weather. After all, let’s face it - a little preparation is worth a lot when it saves you costly repairs, stress and time in the future. Read on to learn a couple of things you can do to prepare for the season ahead.
Check your water heater.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: you should really check out your water heater at least once a year. As the weather warms up, we strongly recommend adjusting the thermostat on your water heater. When the temperature outside increases, the temperature of the ground rises along with it. To prevent your home’s water from being unnecessarily hot, causing more expensive energy bills, it’s a great and proactive idea to dial back your water heater’s thermostat to 120 Degrees Fahrenheit.
In addition, the summer months are a great time to consider replacing your water heater if it’s more than a decade old. Believe it or not, around 30% of your home’s energy costs go into heating the water you and your family use. A great way to save a little on energy costs is to purchase a more efficient and cost-effective water heater. And if you need a little help determining which model is the best solution for you and your family, we’re always here to help.
Clean out your window wells and your gutters.
Did you know that your gutters play a huge role in protecting your home from water damage? Gutters are actually designed to be shorter in the back so that they can properly direct runoff water. The problem is that when gutters fill up with leaves and other debris, the water is no longer able to flow through the gutters, down the downspouts and away from the home. If gutters aren’t properly clean, the water will overflow onto the roof or the ground around the home. While this may not seem like a big deal, this concentrated flow of water over longer periods of time can actually cause serious damage to both the roof and foundation of your home. And, as you’re well aware, damage to a home’s foundation can ultimately cause damage to its plumbing as well. As a great summertime (and really, year-round) practice, we strongly recommend cleaning out your gutters in order to prevent damage like this.
Following these two simple tips will help to ensure that your home is ready for the summer weather ahead. If you’re a Lexington resident and you discover any plumbing problems while prepping or inspecting your home, just give us a call. We’re always here when you need us!