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When the winter months are approaching, you need to winterize your home. That means wrapping pipes, preparing your heater, and shutting off some outdoor faucets. However, a lot less attention goes into summerizing your pipes. Many plumbers say you need to summerize your plumbing before the temperature gets too high. The way to summerize pipes is different than just winterizing in reverse.

 

Swamp Coolers

 Swamp coolers are also known as desert coolers; officially, they are called evaporative air coolers. They are affordable ways to cool your home; they’re also fairly energy-efficient. Swamp coolers are popular in very dry areas. They’re also popular in sun rooms, orangeries, and sheds. They work by pumping water into a pad that absorbs water. A fan blows water over the wet pad. Water has a high capacity for absorbing heat before it evaporates. So, that water will absorb moisture from the passing air and cool it down. To summerize your swamp cooler, you need to clean everything. All of those damp components are the perfect home for mold and mildew.

You need to clean the pad, the water pump, the pump impeller, and all of the areas around the impeller. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the pipes, you should call a plumber. If you haven’t run the cooler in months, that stagnant water could be growing mold and mildew.

 

Outdoor Pipes

 It is likely that you did not use your sprinkler system, garden hose, or other outdoor plumbing during the winter. That means that it has sat dormant for months. If you did not drain the water during the winter, you might have damage in your pipes without even knowing it. It’s also possible that the pipes have rusted, corroded, or otherwise become unusable. It’s smart to call a plumber before you start using your outdoor pipes again. A plumber will inspect your pipes to ensure that they’re in good working order.

While the plumber is at your house, you could have the rest of your plumbing inspected as well. There are many different elements to a plumbing system, and many of them can malfunction. It’s a good idea to have the plumbing inspected at least once a year. The beginning of the summer is a good time to do that.

 

Air Conditioners

 There are several different types of air conditioning systems. Some of them are connected to your plumbing system. If you have an air conditioner attached to your plumbing, be sure to call a plumber before turning it back on for the season.

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