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Hello, home sweet vacation home owners! As summer is fast approaching, it’s time to pull back the curtains, shake off the dust, and get your vacation home ready for the bustling summer season. As your trusted neighborhood plumbing experts at Lake Michigan Heating Cooling Plumbing, we have some smart summer plumbing tips to help you prepare your vacation home.

Check for Leaks
After a long winter hiatus, your vacation home’s plumbing system might have sprung a leak. As soon as you walk through the door, listen carefully for the telltale drip-drip sound and look out for any visible signs of water damage. Also, remember to check under sinks, around appliances, and outdoors for any spigot leaks. If you encounter any water trouble, don’t hesitate to call your local Lake Michigan Plumbing team.

Warm-up Your Water Heater
A water heater that’s been out of commission for a few months might need a little TLC to get back in working order. Before you go for that long-awaited warm shower:

  1. Check for leaks or any unusual noises coming from your water heater.
  2. If it’s gas-powered, make sure the pilot light is on.
  3. Remember to flush it to clear any sediment that could decrease its efficiency.

Check Your Sump Pump
Heavy summer rains can spell trouble for your basement if your sump pump isn’t functioning properly. Test your pump by pouring water into the sump pit. The pump should kick on quickly, drain the water, and turn off smoothly. If your pump is having a slow day, contact our friendly team of experts to set things right.

Prevent Clogged Drains
Summer get-togethers and barbeques can lead to more grease, food scraps, and debris finding their way down your kitchen drain, and increased use of bathrooms can mean more potential for blocked drains. To avoid a potential catastrophe, ensure you dispose of waste properly, install hair catchers in shower drains, and consider using a bio-enzyme drain cleaner to maintain a free-flowing system.

Prep Your Outdoor Plumbing
Prepping your outdoor plumbing is just as important as your indoor systems. Check your hoses, sprinklers, and outdoor faucets for leaks or damage. Unclog gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage from those summer downpours.

Upgrade to Efficient Fixtures
If you’re planning updates to your vacation home, consider installing water-efficient appliances and fixtures. These can help conserve water, reduce your utility bill, and are an excellent environmental choice. From dual-flush toilets to low-flow showerheads, there are several options to make your vacation home more eco-friendly.

Professional Inspection
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of this, having an expert conduct a thorough check is a good idea. Our knowledgeable team at Lake Michigan Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing can inspect your plumbing system, identify potential issues, and ensure everything’s running smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy your summer vacation.

By implementing these summer plumbing tips, you are well-prepared for the warm sunny months ahead. As always, we are here to help. Call your trusted neighborhood experts at Lake Michigan Heating Cooling Plumbing with any plumbing, HVAC, or boiler needs. So enjoy the summer, and remember to stay cool, hydrated, and carefree!

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Daniel and Aiden did an amazingly quick job responding to and repairing my broken furnace over a weekend. Cheers Gents!

Robert D.

Professional and knowledge. They did a great job identifying the problems we were having with our boiler. While other HVAC companies were telling us to replace our unit completely, they knew exactly what to fix to get us up and running, saving us thousands of dollars. I will be calling on them for future repairs I might need. Thank you, Daniel and team!!

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The phrase first impressions are lasting impressions rings true with Daniel VanderHyde. He rescued us one Saturday morning after we tried “fixing” our leaky shower faucet ourselves. Hoping he could not only undo what we’d done, but be able to fix it without it being a major project was our biggest concern. And he did just that! We were very impressed with the pride and care he put into his work; he was truly a professional.

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I highly recommend Daniel with Lake Michigan Mechanical. Not only is he super friendly but he very professional and knows his stuff. I bought a new house and of course the current water heater died within a months time of buying the house. Daniel and staff were in and within 24 hours of me noting the problem we had a new heater. Thank you so much for great work!

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Allendale, MI