Believe it or not, summer can often be a time of heightened plumbing problems. The warmer months are a prime time for plumbing problems that may not occur at other times of the year. How can homeowners protect their property from serious summer plumbing problems and what issues should they be careful to avoid; Also, kids are home and you may find the plumbing gets more wear and consequently, incurs more breakdowns? Here are five of the most common plumbing problems that arise during the summer.
Summer Plumbing Problems
- Clogged garbage disposal.
It doesn’t take too many summertime cookouts and some “helpful” hands stuffing things down the garbage disposal that shouldn’t go there before your unit may give way. Try to give your helpers a lesson in Garbage Disposal 101, by explaining these substances should never go into the unit:
- Corn cobs
- Anything fibrous, such as lettuce, potato skins or celery
- Watermelon and any fruit with hard rinds
- Potatoes, bread or any starchy food that may form a paste and clog the blades
- Clogged Toilet
The kids are home, having friends over and the toilets get flushed more than usual. Some kids may try to flush things that shouldn’t go down the toilet, along with excessive toilet paper. You can give your little visitors a lecture and hope that helps, but otherwise, stand ready with the plunger. Also, use the thinner, septic-safe variety of toilet paper that will flush and dissolve better. But if you need additional help, call in a professional.
- Washing Machine Maintenance
Your washing machine may get more of a workout during the summer, especially if you have children that are out of school. Spending days at the pool or the beach results in more laundry to wash, which can put additional stress on your washing machine. It is best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if needed. You should also move the machine out from the wall a little to prevent the hose from kinking.
- Clogged Sewer Lines
Spring and summer usually bring more rain, and that can sometimes affect sewer lines and your ability to flush waste away. Also, tree roots that have grown into the sewer pipes may need to be rooted out by a professional plumber. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away. He or she may recommend a sewer line replacement if the damage is extensive.
- Sprinkle Issues
If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before the season begins. When you are mowing the lawn, be careful to do so when the sprinkler heads are lowered, to avoid damaging them.
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