Summer is here! Not only is it time turn up the A/C and break out the sunblock, but it is also time to tune up your plumbing system. In my experience, I've noticed that in extreme temperatures, plumbing systems begin to fail. There are some things that you can do to help in the prevention of future plumbing disasters.
- Drain your water heater every year and a half or so. This will help remove sediments that build up at the bottom of the tank which cause leaks.
- Check your incoming water pressure. The incoming pressure should be approximately 55-65 psi. If your pressure is greater, a pressure reducing valve (PRV) can be installed. High water pressure can affect your entire plumbing system including landscape irrigation systems.
- Keep salt or potassium pellets to the correct level in water softening systems. This will help ensure the softener is running at optimum performance. Low or no salt in the brine tank will eventually cause a system failure.
-Turn your water heater thermostat down. Most water heaters in Arizona are located in the garage which assists in heating your water.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your plumbing system running in prime condition throughout our extreme summer heat. Stay cool!