As the weather starts to warm-up, folks like me are itching to plan ahead for good times to come this spring and summer.\u00a0 It\u2019s been more than a year since many people visited with family and friends due to COVID-19, and I really miss grilling for a crowd and hosting boisterous pool parties.\u00a0 It\u2019s very exciting that (hopefully) we may be in the homestretch of the pandemic.I\u2019m feeling very confident that this summer I\u2019ll be back entertaining, and that\u2019s why I\u2019m preparing my home in advance for social gatherings instead of social distancing.\u00a0 I know that more parties will put extra stress on my plumbing system because like many homeowners in our area, I own an older home that needs a little TLC from time to time.\u00a0 I\u2019d rather make sure that everything is in tip-top shape now than have problems in the middle of the summer when I have a house-full of company.Take it from the Coop!\u00a0 It\u2019s time to inspect your plumbing system to make sure it\u2019s ready to perform at its peak.\u00a0 To help you get started, here\u2019s my list of the top plumbing projects to consider before this fun-filled season begins.Outdoor Spaces\u00a0\u00a0 Make sure your water spigots are working properly to water your garden effectively. Ever consider installing an additional spigot or 2 so you don\u2019t have to carry heavy buckets of water? I did that a few summers ago and my garden is flourishing (and so is my back!!)Tired of purchasing portable LP bottles to fire-up your barbecue? If your home is fueled by natural or propane gas, why not install an additional gas line to your BBQ; you\u2019ll never run out of gas!Here\u2019s another suggestion: a few years ago, I installed a utility sink in my garage that has proven to be a godsend.\u00a0 Before, I would wash my lawn and paint tools in my kitchen sink which would mess up the whole area.\u00a0 Now, I keep the outside dirt where it belongs!Interior SpacesSince my plumbing fixtures are going to get a work-out this season, I\u2019ve inspected all the fixtures in my kitchen and bathrooms to make sure that everything is in good condition. Warning signs I looked for include slow drains, running toilets, leaky faucets, and water stains.I even treated myself to a new faucet in the powder room since my old one looked worn and unattractive. How about your faucets?Finally, I walked through the unfinished area of my basement and visually checked the pipes for moisture, water stains on the floor, and anything else that captured my attention. I\u2019d rather find a small leak now than deal with a flood in the future.Some of our customers are weekend DIYers who will enjoy addressing some of the plumbing projects I\u2019ve outlined.\u00a0 Have at it, I say!\u00a0 For everyone else, be sure to contact a professional plumbing company, like Cooper Mechanical, that is trained to handle the types of projects I\u2019ve described.By the way, Cooper Mechanical offers a preventative maintenance agreement specifically geared to plumbing systems.\u00a0 A service technician will inspect the operation of all your plumbing fixtures, including your water heater, to spot issues before they become big problems.\u00a0 You can contact us at 610-847-2441 for more information.\u00a0 And don\u2019t worry, we\u2019re open 24\/7 in case you ever have an emergency.We all deserve some fun after the year we\u2019ve experienced so make the most of it.\u00a0 Remember, the more you do now in preparation of the upcoming season, the more time you\u2019ll have to \u201ckick-back\u201d and relax with family and friends.\u00a0 Enjoy!