3 Of The Most Common Summer Plumbing Issues & How To Avoid Them
When it comes to things around the house that you should be concerned about during the summer months, your plumbing
system usually ranks a bit lower on the list. What with outdoor home improvement projects to worry about, your home's
landscaping, roofing issues that might spring up in the wake of a particularly nasty storm, most homeowners just don't give
their plumbing system a second thought until temperatures start to drop again when winter rolls around. While there are a
number of other things around your home that do require more attention during the summer, it is important not to disregard
your plumbing system, as it has its own unique set of issues that can plague it during the summer months. There are a number
of plumbing issues that tend to pop up more in the summer than at other times of the year, and it is important to take note
of what they are so that you will know what to do if they happen, and know what you can do to help prevent them in the first
place. In an effort to help you accomplish that goal, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this
short list detailing just a few of the more common summer plumbing issues we are called on to help fix, and what you can do
to prevent them from occurring.
If you plan on hosting any cookouts this summer, one of the most important things you can do is make sure that you and
anyone else who is charge of cleaning up are completely aware of just what you can and can't put down your garbage disposal.
There are far too many homeowners who think that just because their food is organic, and doesn't have bones of any kind that
it is safe to put down the disposal, when that couldn't be farther from the truth. There are some kinds of foods that are
just too fibrous to be properly ground up in the disposal, like corn and watermelon, and can lead to particularly stubborn
clogs that you might have a lot of trouble clearing out, and might even need professional help in order to do so. You will
also want to make sure that everyone knows that used cooking oils and any kind of grease leftover from the grill has no
place down the drain, as it tends to congeal when exposed to hot water can lead to clogs that are quite difficult to remove.
You are also going to want to make sure that you are running the cold water both for a seconds before and after grinding up
anything, as this will help to remove any lingering bits of food.
Backed Up Sewer Lines
With all of the heat in the air, summer definitely has its fair share of rain from time to time, and if too much of that
water lingers on the ground, it can start to find its way into your sewer line through any cracks or gaps that might exist,
and when that happens, your sewer lines can start to back up into your home proper. This can also happen if you have any
trees on your property whose roots start to grow and find their way inside your sewer lines. No matter the cause, if you
find yourself with water backing up into your home, you are going to want to call in a professional immediately to sort the
issue out and get everything corrected, whether that takes a little bit of rooting, or completely replacing your sewer line.
Installing drain plugs in the drains around your home can help a great deal to keep the water from backing up too much into
your home, but you will still need a professional plumber to help resolve the issue fully.
Now that the kids and their friends are out of school for the summer, it likely means that your bathrooms are going to
start seeing a bit more use during the course of the average day. Due to this increased use, the likelihood of encountering
clogs in your toilets increases as well. Most clogs can be taken care of with a plunger and a little bit of dedicated
effort, but more serious clogs might require a little bit of professional help to have removed. The easiest way to avoid
this problem is to sit everyone down and make sure everyone knows what can and can't be flushed, and how much toilet paper
is the proper amount to use when going to the bathroom. Just taking this step can go a long way in helping to prevent
stubborn toilet clogs this summer.
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