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Summer Plumbing Problems To Avoid

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Plumbing is the last thing people seem to think about when we think of potential problems for homeowners in the summer. However, the warmer months are a prime time for plumbing problems that may not occur other times of the year. Here are five of the most common plumbing problems that arise during the summer.

 

Sprinkler Issues

If you have sprinklers in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before every season begins. Sprinkler damage could cause piping to back up, causing issues within the home as well. When you are mowing the lawn, be sure to be careful when the sprinkler heads are lowered, in order to avoid damaging them.

 

Clogged Toilets/Showers

Fun fact: household toilets are also used more regularly in the summer, thanks to children using the bathroom during the day. From toys to amounts of toilet paper, clogs happen. Be sure the young kids know the right amount of toilet paper and to flush only after they actually use the bathroom. Be sure that bathtub toys are looked after. Common clogs are fairly simple to clear with a plunger, but if the water hits the fan and you need additional help, call us.

 

Washing Machine

Summer time means we are outdoors more. Being outdoor leads to fun. Outdoor fun leads to more dirty clothes, which means increased usage of your washing machine. See where we’re going with this? Spending days at the pool or the beach results in more laundry to wash, which can put additional stress on your washing machine. Check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks periodically. A burst hose can leave devastating results behind in your home, while wasting oodles of water.  

 

Also, make sure to remove dryer lint regularly.  “Failure to clean” is the leading factor contributing to clothes dryer fires in residential buildings according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It is best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately.

 

Clogged Disposal

Be careful what you put down your garbage disposal after a cookout.  Keep a garbage can handy to readily throw away scraps. Stringy foods like celery and banana peels can cause clogs. While produce may be organic, it is generally not good for your in-sink garbage disposal, particularly if you are getting rid of hard fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon or corn. It is also a good idea to run cold water through your disposal for a few seconds before and after you use it to clear any remaining bits of food. Also, as always, avoid putting excessive grease or oils down the drain.