Grilling out in your backyard with friends and family is a summer staple for many Americans. But one burst pipe, clogged sink, or overflowing toilet can quickly bring an end to your evening BBQ.

Regular plumbing maintenance can help put a stop to the stink, mess, and inconvenience. Keep reading to learn a few of the many reasons why you need to schedule a routine visit from the pros this summer.

You’ll Save Money on Repairs

This next tip is true with many types of repairs. From changing your car’s oil to routine A/C and heat servicing, regular repairs can help you save money over time. While they may involve an upfront investment, it’s one that’s easy to budget for, and much lower than the cost of emergency repairs.

Regular maintenance and check-ups give you a chance to catch a problem early on. For instance, you might catch a small leak in a pipe. If you find it early, you can likely patch the leak and clean up the mess relatively easily, and at minimal cost.

But consider what would happen if you didn’t catch that leak. The trickle of water in your wall will lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Over time, this will spread, damaging your walls and putting you and your family’s health at risk.

In addition, that one small leak may quickly grow. Your water bill will rise, your water pressure will drop, and soon, you could be dealing with a major—and costly—repair. All of this could have been avoided by catching that leak early on. And with regular plumbing maintenance, you’ll increase your odds of catching small leaks and other damage to your home’s pipes and plumbing.

Your Home’s Air Will Be Cleaner

That leaking pipe hiding inside your walls can do more than just lead to a costly repair bill. The mold and mildew that begins to grow within your walls will also release mold spores into the air of your home. Day in and day out, you and your family will breathe them in without even realizing it. At best, these spores will irritate your eyes, throat or skin, or leave you feeling ill. At worst, it can cause a severe allergic reaction or an asthma attack.

Keeping mold and mildew out of your home and spores out of your air means detecting a leak as quickly as possible.

Finding a leak on your own can be a challenge if you don’t know what to look for. But with a little professional help, you can not only find any new leaks quickly, but also stop them in their tracks before they can lead to damage or mold growth.

It isn’t just your home’s plumbing that can spring a leak that leads to moisture within your walls. A leak in your HVAC system can lead to moist air leaking out into your walls, which can also lead to mildew and mold growth over time. 

You Can Whip Up Sides Without the Worry

It isn’t all that tough to forget what you’re doing for a moment and accidentally flush egg shells or grease down your kitchen sink. This can lead to a clog that requires an emergency call to your plumber.

But there are plenty of other things that can lead to a leak or clog that doesn’t strike until your party is well underway and you’re busy whipping up sides to go with your burgers and hot dogs.

A leaking or clogged kitchen sink can bring an end to your fun and leave you with no choice but to abandon your plans for mac and cheese or potato salad.

Of course, when you schedule routine visits from a professional plumber, they’ll be on the lookout for the earliest signs of leaks and clogs so they can prevent them from getting worse.

You’ll Avoid Stinky Backyard Messes

Nothing can bring an end to a backyard BBQ faster than the smell of sewage. An outdoor stench could mean that you’ve got a leaking pipe hiding under your backyard or an overflowing septic tank. But the stink can strike indoors as well. From a worn-out wax seal on your toilet to a clogged sewage pipe, there’s no shortage of ways that sewer odors can make their into your home or yard.

You could wait until the smell drives away your guests and causes you to lose your appetite. Or, you could stop potential problems before they start with regular plumbing maintenance.

You’ll Ensure Your Guests Can Enjoy a Clean Drink

Rust in your pipes can leach into the water supply. When your house guests—and you—go to take a drink, you may not realize that you’re ingesting lead, rust, and other contaminants as well. One drink may not be particularly dangerous, though it likely won’t taste very fresh. However, over time, ingesting these contaminants can lead to a variety of health issues, including behavioral side effects in children.

A plumbing expert will check your home’s water supply for early signs of rust and contamination so that you can put a stop to them as soon as they appear, rather than after you’ve been ingesting them for an extended period.

Stop a Plumbing Disaster Before it Starts

Avoiding a plumbing disaster before it starts can help you save your summer BBQ, not to mention a lot of stress and hassle.

Whether it’s spotting a small leak before it gets worse, unclogging your sink, or spotting contaminants in your water supply, a professional plumber is there to help. Scheduling regular visits is a great way to keep your plumbing and drains in top shape all year long.
If you’re ready to start prioritizing prevention and avoiding emergency repairs, we can help. The plumbing experts at Rakeman Plumbing and Air are here to help with all of your plumbing, A/C, heating, water, and remodeling needs. From catching a leak in your walls to remodeling your bathroom, let us help you tackle your routine maintenance, emergencies, and home projects! Of course, we also offer emergency services for those unexpected repairs. Give us a call today to learn how we can help.