Well, it looks like we are officially into spring here in Toronto. The particularly harsh winter is behind us and, for many Toronto homeowners, the extreme cold showed some glaring problems in our plumbing. Burst pipes, frozen valves, and many other plagued the city, all of which are now hopefully dealt with. But a new challenge is coming, and that is summer.
Raising temperatures are particularly bad for plumbing after a long, hard winter, showing new cracks in our homes, cracks that need fixing. Luckily, the most common problems that face homes in the summer are easily handled by the multitude of dedicated and professional plumbing specialists in Toronto and here are 3 easy steps they recommend for preparing your plumbing for the summer:
1. Check Your Drains
Drainage can be a particularly difficult challenge in the summer months when water is flowing more freely in your home. People tend to shower more often in the summer, for example, meaning your shower’s drain could clog more frequently from hair. A drain inspection is absolutely necessary for homes experiencing drainage issues. Professionals can use special cameras to pinpoint your problems and solve the issue quickly and more permanently too.
You’ll notice drains that are slow or completely clogged in your daily routine. While these stoppages can sometimes be solved on your own, contact a professional if problems persist or come back often.
2. Check Your Basement
Basement waterproofing is something recent rainfall may have already brought to your attention, but a dry basement is more than just stopping water damage. Yes, a properly waterproofed basement can protect from runoff and heavy rainfall, keeping your basement in pristine condition, but many people don’t realize it will cut your energy bills year-round. Damp spaces stay colder in the winter and warmer in the summer, meaning your heating bill will be higher during the cooler months and your air conditioning costs will spike in the hotter ones.
To see if your basement is properly waterproofed, look for obvious signs like dampness in strange places, mold, and oddly different temperatures. If you notice any of these warning signs, contact a certified basement waterproofing expert.
3. Backwater Valves
Especially with older houses, backwater valves are an essential part of a home that may simply not exist. Backwater valves work in tandem with your basement waterproofing to stop water from flowing back into your house. Valves counter potential problems in 2 areas: your own drainage system and the larger city drainage system your home attaches to. With a backwater valve operating properly, any water that could potentially come back into your home for any number of reasons will be stopped. Especially with the increased amount of water with summer, you should check your backwater valve is operating properly or, if you are in an older building, check if you even have one. They are absolutely essential for protecting your home from problems far outside your own control.
As with all aspects of your home plumbing annual inspections are critical to the on-going performance of your backwater valve, especially with the inevitable stormy summer season on the way. Contact your local Toronto plumbing professionals to schedule an inspection of your valve and ensure it’s up to the task.