4 Most Common Summer Plumbing Issues
When you think of potential problems that your home might experience during the coming summer months, plumbing issues might not necessarily jump to the forefront of your mind. Despite what you might think to the contrary, however, the warmer months of the year are a prime time for the formation of certain plumbing issues that tend to come up less often in the colder months of the year. It is important to be aware of what these problems are and the kind of damage they can cause to your home if they are left unattended for any length of time. To help you in this effort, our team of professionals here at Butler Plumbing have taken the time to put together this short list of some of the most common plumbing issues that tend to occur during the summer months.
If you are the type of homeowner that likes to host cookouts and the like during the summer months, you need to be careful about how you dispose of any extra food that doesn’t get eaten. Even though it may be organic, it might not be the best idea to dispose of it down your garbage disposal, especially if you are getting rid of anything like hard fruits and vegetables. Harder fruits and vegetables can actually damage the blades of your disposal or lead to clogs that are particularly stubborn and tough to get rid of. Used cooking oils are also something you should look at disposing of somewhere other than your disposal, and make sure that anytime you use your disposal, you run cold water through it for a few seconds before and after you use it to remove any remaining bits of food.
Sewer Line Backups
As summer rain and thunderstorms start to come in with more frequency, this excess water can find its way into sewer pipes through cracks and start to cause sewer lines to back up. This is also the growing season for most types of plants and trees, which means that you need to be on the lookout for signs that tree roots might be invading your plumbing lines. With either of these issues, you might find yourself with water from the toilet or the bathtub backing up into your drain, and if you see this, you will want to call in a professional immediately to get to the bottom of the issue.
Washing Machine Maintenance
If you are like most homeowners, your washing machine is likely going to be getting more of a workout this summer, especially if you have children that are out of school. With more laundry going in, that means more stress on your washing machine, and that extra stress could easily result in the need for maintenance if your system stops performing like it should be.
With most younger members of your family at home more often during the summer, your toilets are likely to get more use as well. This increase in use also amounts to an increase in the number of clogs that you are likely to experience as well. Most of these clogs can be avoided just by ensuring that your kids are using the right amount of toilet paper, aren’t flushing disposable wet wipes, and are only flushing when they use the bathroom. Except in the case of serious clogs, most of these can be cleared with a little bit of plunger work.