Most Common Summer Plumbing Problems & How to Avoid Them
Summer is finally here - it’s time to relax and enjoy the warmer weather. Homeowners are starting up for backyard grills and afternoon parties and fun in the sun. Also, with trips to the beach and fun out and about, your plumbing can get a real work-out in the summer heat. So the last thing you want to deal with during the months of summer is a plumbing problem!
However, dealing with plumbing problems is a part of life and knowing what some of the most common ones are can be helpful to you. At Service Today, we have the expertise to take care of any plumbing issue you may be facing. Here are some of the most common plumbing problems during summer.
Summer Plumbing Problems
We’ve been fixing most plumbing repairs for years so we know what it takes to repair common problems because we see these on a daily basis. Some of the most common ones we see during the summer months are listed below:
Toilets are used more regularly in the summer, thanks to children using the bathroom during the day. The more a toilet is used, the more likely it is to get clogged. Therefore, it is important to teach your kids to use a modest amount of toilet paper and to flush only after they actually use the bathroom. If you don’t teach your kids to avoid flushing toilet paper, food, and toys down the toilet. You’re all but guaranteed to get a clog.
To save yourself from this nasty plumbing problem, teach your kids proper bathroom etiquette. It includes using only a few pieces of toilet paper for every bathroom use and not flushing stuff, like foods and baby wipes, in the toilet. Make sure to have essential plumbing supplies on hand to deal with minor blockages. Luckily, clogged toilets are one of the easiest plumbing issues to deal with! However, it’s only when the clog gets very bad that you’ll need to call in a professional.
Slow-Clearing Shower Drains
While a trip to the beach is fun, your shower can suffer when you all get home. Sand, shells and pebbles get caught up in bathing suits at the beach and empty out in the shower, blocking the drain. To avoid ankle-deep water pooling in your shower, get the kids to rinse off at the beach in the public showers. Also, take off their bathing suit before they get in the shower.
To prevent this, brush hair to remove any loose strands before shampooing and shake the sand from bathing suits outside. It is advisable to use a drain cover to trap hair before it has a chance to become tangled inside the drain. Lastly, it should be cleaned it regularly.
In-ground sprinkler systems are especially vulnerable during summer. The increased foot traffic on your lawn threatens your sprinkler heads. In addition, a misplaced foot could crack the head and cause a leak. A leaking sprinkler is often hard to detect, because sprinkler heads are designed to spray water. But, the problem will eventually become evident on your water bill. Leaking sprinklers will increase your water usage and raise your utility bill.
An irrigation system is a necessity if you want to keep a green lawn during hot summer months. It’s important to have the sprinkler heads inspected and cleaned regularly – usually at the beginning of the warmer season. They can get stuck in the wrong position and fail to water, or water one area while neglecting others. It won’t be long before you see the patterns in your lawn of a sprinkler system fail.
Outdoor Faucet Leaks
Outdoor faucets get used frequently in the summer, be it for car washes, “slip and slides,” or other fun activities in the sun. But, once you’re inside, the outdoor faucet is out of sight, out of mind. Which means you can’t see it leaking. Fixing a dripping outdoor faucet can save you a lot of money on water bills. Not to mention that it can help maintain a healthy planet. Make sure that your faucet is sealed tightly to the wall, and that the rubber washer is in good condition.
Sewer Line Backups
With all of the extra rain and the summer storms that crop up from time to time, the ground around your home can become saturated with moisture. When that happens, it can sometimes back up into your sewer lines, causing serious issues around your property. Sewage water that backs up into your toilet or your bathtub can not only be a hassle to clear. It can also be a health hazard as it is usually rife with contaminants.
If you live in a particularly wet area, and think that this might be an issue you could wind up dealing with. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to prevent the worst of the problems and keep your home protected. Having your sewage lines professionally serviced before summer gets into full swing can help a great deal. Or you can look at having drain plugs installed in each of your drains to prevent water from backing up into them after a storm.
Have Some Common Summer Plumbing Problems?
We hope this guide has helped make you mindful of common summer plumbing problems, and how to avoid them. However, if you have a plumbing problem you can’t solve, don’t hesitate to call a professional.