Summer is the best time to enjoy vacations, unstructured fun, and cookouts. Plumbing problems can make your life miserable and interfere with your plans for recreation. Pipe freezing is a common cause of plumbing problems in winter, but your plumbing will work harder in summer when you have a full house. Here are some common summer plumbing problems to look out for.
1. Clogged Disposals
Summer is unofficially grill season when homeowners host cookouts. If you drain all that summer’s oil and grease, it can cause stubborn clogs. Blockages can also be caused by food leftovers such as bones, potatoes, eggshells, and pasta. The garbage disposal is unable to handle all food leftovers and can become clogged from kitchen traffic.
Avoid putting grease down the drain. Keep stubborn food items out of your garbage disposal to prevent clogs.
2. Backups for sewer lines
After a relaxing summer vacation, the last thing you want is to return to a flood-damaged home. Florida is known as the Sunshine State. However, the state also experiences rainy weather and thunderstorms during the summer. Rainwater can cause backups in your home’s sewer system.
Tree roots can also cause cracks in the sewer system. Due to the possibility of contamination, a sewer backup will require emergency plumbing services.
3. Toilets that are blocked
Clogged toilets can be a problem in summer for all members of the household. Clogs can be caused by increased toilet use and children flushing small objects down the toilet. Guests can also flush wet wipes and paper towels down the toilet.
While a plunger can be used to clear minor clogs you will need to call a professional plumber to remove more serious clogs. It is also important to inform your children and guests about what they can flush. Also, make sure your children are aware of the appropriate amount of toilet paper they should use.
4. Sprinkler Problems
Sprinklers are great for keeping your grass green and healthy all summer. However, they can also cause problems. Broken sprinkler heads can cause water damage and make your lawn look unattractive. It is easy to fix them by simply going to the hardware store and getting replacements.
Clogs are likely to have caused uneven watering of your lawn’s sprinkler heads. You can either unclog the holes with a piece of wire or a paperclip or soak the sprinkler head in the water. Water wastage can also occur if the sprinkler head is leaking, especially if it has a damaged seal. You can replace the seal if you don’t see any damage to the sprinkler head.
5. Slowly Clearing Shower Drains
In Florida, homeowners often experience slow-draining showers and bathtubs during the summer. Hot weather can lead to more hair falling down the drains. Your family may be avid beach-goers and bring back stones, sand, or pebbles. These objects can travel to the drains, causing blockages, so make sure you clean them off.
Washing off sunscreen can add grease to your drains so it is best to wash it outside. A drain cover can be added at the beginning of summer to prevent clogs.
6. Washing Machine Problems
Due to summer loads, your washing machine may have been overused. Check for leaky water hoses if the washer isn’t draining properly or filling correctly. Drainage problems can occur when the washer is unable to fill correctly due to blockages in its hose.
In the summer, hose leaks can also be a problem. If left unattended, they could cause a rise in your water bills. You should seek professional assistance if the leaks become too severe to repair. You can keep your washer in tip-top shape by washing smaller loads and cleaning its interior.
This post was written by Joey Denick. Joey is the Owner and Operator of Clog Kings. At Clog Kings, LLC, we pride ourselves on our dedication and efficiency. We know you don’t have time to waste. That’s why we work fast to get your home or commercial building back up and running in no time. If you are looking for St.pete Plumbing then look no further because we got you covered!