3 Of The Most Common Summer Plumbing Issues
With summer finally here, most of us are gearing up for backyard barbecues, fun in the sun, or that family trip that we’ve been putting off for what seems like forever. The last thing on most of our minds when summer finally arrives is the condition of our plumbing system, but it would be a serious mistake to disregard it. Every season of the year brings with it it’s own set of particular issues that you need to be on the lookout for, and summer is no different. While you are out having a great time this summer with family and friends, whether you are doing it out of the house, or in the backyard, it is a good idea to make sure that you are aware of some of the more common plumbing issues that can arise over the summer months, and what you need to do when that happens. In an effort to help you stay prepared and keep your home protected this summer, our team of experienced plumbing experts have taken the time to put together this short list detailing some of the most common plumbing issues that arise over the course of the summer months, and what you should do if that happens.
With kids home from school for the summer and their friends coming over during the day, your toilets are going to be working much harder during the middle parts of the day over the coming months. While this usually just means that your water bill is likely to be a bit higher, it also means that the chances of your toilets getting clogged becomes that much more likely. While most clogs can be taken care of with a plunger and a little bit of effort, there are some clogs that take a professional plumber touch to get clear. The best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening in the first place, and an easy way to do this is to make sure that everyone is on the same page as to what can and can’t be flushed down the toilet, and how much toilet paper is a responsible amount to use. Taking a little bit of time now to keep everyone on the same page can go a long way in helping to reduce or eliminate clogs in your toilets this summer.
Sewer Line Backups
With summer heat come summer storms, and while this can be good for your lawn and your plants, all of that excess water can sometimes find its way into your sewer line through cracks or gaps, and when that happens, you could find yourself with your sewer lines backing up into your home. In addition to water saturation, the roots of trees can also cause your sewer lines to back up, as their roots can invade your pipes through cracks and cause serious blockages. When this happens, you want to make sure that you call in a plumbing professional to help you get to the bottom of the issue and get everything flowing again as quickly as possible. One other thing you can do to combat this is to have drain plugs installed in all of the various drains around your home. This can help to keep the water from backing up into your home, but you will still want to contact a professional to help you get rid of the cause of the problem itself.
Sprinkler Head Issues
If you have an automatic sprinkler system on your property, it is important to make sure that you take a look at the sprinkler heads to your system every so often and inspect for broken sprinkler heads. Broken sprinkler heads can waste a great deal of water, and can even cause your grass to wither or die if the water isn’t making it to the right areas of your yard. If you have broken sprinkler heads on your sprinkler system, it is important to make sure that you get them repaired as quickly as possible so you don’t wind up paying through the nose when your next water bill comes in and you don’t wind up with dead areas on your lawn.