You won’t have to worry about frozen pipes now that winter is over, but summer comes with its own plumbing risks. Plumbing accidents are more than just a nuisance; they can also cause serious property damage and cost you a lot of money in repairs and restorations. Here are a few of the most common summer plumbing problems and how you can avoid them this season.
Sewer Line Backups
Summer afternoon rainstorms can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Excessive water can leak into sewer pipes, causing the line to back up. Underground tree roots can spread during the summer, which can also cause sewer line disturbances. If you notice any strange plumbing issues, such as your toilet backing up into the drain of the bathtub, it could be the sign of a sewer line problem. If you’ve experienced a sewer line backup, contact a professional plumber immediately to have the issue identified and fixed.
If you have a sprinkler system embedded into your lawn, it’s important to check every sprinkler head before you start using it for the season. Broken or faulty sprinkler heads can cause excess water leakage, which could ruin your garden and cost you in pricey utility bills. Make sure you lower the sprinkler heads before mowing the lawn to avoid damaging them.
Clogged Garbage Disposals
Backyard barbeques and cookouts can put an extra strain on your garbage disposals. It’s important in the summer to monitor how much and what kinds of food you’re putting down your garbage disposal. Harder and larger food items like watermelon rinds and corn cobs can get trapped in garbage disposals, causing sink clogs. These items also wear out the blades of your garbage disposal, making it less effective over time. Don’t try unclogging a garbage disposal yourself—if you’re having issues with your disposal, contact of professional plumber so you don’t hurt yourself on the sharp blades.
Summer plumbing problems can be just as devastating as their winter counterparts. Make sure to take good care of your plumbing system this summer to avoid any accidents. If you need any plumbing repairs and tune-ups this summer, contact us at Priority Plumbing for the professional service you deserve.