End of summer is an important time of year. It is when everyone takes the opportunity to give their homes any upgrades they might need before the cold. However, there's one aspect of the home that's often overlooked during this annual ritual: the plumbing. Throughout the year, the plumbing in your Boulder, Colorado, home gets put through a lot, so now's a great time to make sure everything is still in good working order. With that in mind, here are four plumbing maintenance tasks you should tackle this season:
1. Clean out your gutters and downspouts
Spring and summer time in Boulder comes with a fair amount of precipitation, so gutter and downspout maintenance should be high on your priority list. Spend an afternoon clearing out any dead leaves, twigs and other debris from your gutters, then use your hose to clean off any remaining mud or dirt. Aim your water spray toward each downspout to clear it of debris and make sure it's directing water away from your home's foundation. If it isn't, you may want a professional Boulder Roto-Rooter plumber to inspect your downspouts and drains.
2. Add drain strainers
A big part of keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape is taking preventative measures against clogs, leaks and other issues. So, now's the perfect time to go through your home and add drain strainers to your bathtubs, showers, sinks and floor drains - these will catch hair or other items that shouldn't go down the drain, preventing clogs before they happen.
3. Check for leaks
If you suspect you have a leak, it's important to locate it immediately. But even if you don't suspect a leak, it's a good idea to check for them once or twice a year just in case. Read your water meter before you go to bed (on a night when you know nobody will be using water - you can even turn off the water altogether for a more accurate reading). Then, when you wake up, check the meter again - if the level has decreased at all, you have a leak somewhere in your home.
4. Clean your showerheads and faucets
Showerheads and faucets can become clogged with sediment and buildup, which often affects the water pressure. Pour a solution of white vinegar and water into a plastic baggie, wrap the bag around each faucet and showerhead in your home, and tie a rubber band around the top of the bag to keep it in place. Leave your fixtures soaking for several hours, then run the water for a couple of minutes to clear away any pieces of sediment or mineral deposits.
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