Common Summer Plumbing Problems
Summer is a time for being active and living life. Because of that, it might also take a toll of on the health of your plumbing. Filing up your pool, running the sprinkler, and even washing clothes more frequently can put a lot of stress on your system. If not caught in time, these small problems could lead to a disastrous issue that requires extensive plumbing rehab. Luckily, most of the issues on this list are quickly remedied with a little hands-on care.
Having a cookout is one of the best parts of summer. However, your garbage disposal might disagree. There are a number of foods that can cause permanent damage to your disposal, including hard fruits and vegetables like watermelon or corn. Additionally, certain stringy foods can cause clogs, including banana peels, celery, and corn husks. Grease is also a major source of clogs. Always avoid throwing these foods down the drain, and if you do put grease down it, run cold water for 15 seconds in order to help flush it through.
Washing Machine Maintenance
Your washing machine might have its work cut out for it thanks to additional dirty swimsuits and towels. Therefore, it is important to constantly monitor your machine for any irregularities, such as bulges or leaks in the hoses. It may be helpful to move the machine away from the wall so that the hoses do not become kinked. If you do notice problems, opt for a stainless steel replacement hose, as they are much more durable. Additionally, always be sure to clean the lint out of your dryer, as it can lead to fire or increased energy usage.
Hosting a lot of summer barbecues or having your kids hanging around all day means that your toilets are going to get a lot more use than usual. In order to avoid clogging your toilets, instruct guests to use less toilet paper. Additionally, never flush any object that is not intended to go in a toilet. If you do experience a clog, always keep a plunger on hand to remove it.
Sprinklers are a great tool for watering flowers and letting children have fun, but can be a huge drain on resources if they start leaking. Because you probably have not touched your sprinklers all winter, it is important to inspect them for any damage before using them in the summer. Repair any broken sprinkler heads to avoid a soaring water bill or a dead garden.
Sewer Line Backups
Because rain is common during summer, excess water can enter your pipes through cracks or holes. This water can cause them to back up and redirect dirty water backwards into the bathtub or sink. Avoid this disgusting display by installing a drain plug at the beginning of the season. Also, call an experienced plumber to inspect your sewer lines and recommend the best method of draining the backup.
While some of these problems can be fixed on your own, it is often best to call in a professional to make sure the job is done right. Feel free to contact David Gray Plumbing today in order to find out more about our summer plumbing services.