Common Summer Plumbing Emergencies
Plumbing problems can occur at any time of the year. Usually when you least expect it and need it fixed immediately. However, some problems are more likely during the summer as water consumption increases. Filling pools, running sprinklers and garden hoses can all put extra strain on your plumbing system. This can lead to higher water bills and an increased likelihood of problems. The following are extremely common in the summer.
During the summer, we tend to spend more time at home. We also entertain guests more than any other time of the year. When food is involved, it’s extremely important to take care when disposing of waste. Fruits and vegetables can damage or clog your sink disposal. Hard foods such as corn and watermelon rinds should be disposed of in the trash.
Sewer Line Backups
Summer rain can cause sewer lines to backup. Another problem is tree roots that travel underground and crack sewer pipes. If you notice signs of sewer line trouble, such as toilet water backing up in the bathtub drain, it’s important to call an experienced plumber right away.
If your children are home during the summer, your toilets will get more use during the day. This increases the chance of a clog. Although most clogs are fairly easy to clear with the help of a toilet plunger, tougher clogs will require additional assistance. My Plumber Heating and Cooling can help!
Sprinkler heads should be checked and cleaned regularly. Before mowing, it’s crucial to ensure that sprinkler heads are lowered to prevent damage to them. Broken sprinkler heads should be repaired immediately to avoid wasting water.
Washing Machine Issues
Your washing machine will likely get more use over the summer. It’s a good idea to stay home throughout the entire washing cycle. This way if you notice any problems you can stop the cycle. A washing machine leak can damage property and waste a lot of water. Any problems should be reported to a professional.
Water leaks are a common problem all year round. Even a very small leak can waste 50-100 gallons of water per week. Inspect your home regularly for any signs of leaking water. If you find a problem, contact a qualified plumber as soon as possible.
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