Summer is just around the corner. The bright sunshine, the lovely warm afternoons, family gatherings and backyard barbeques (only once the pandemic is in control) make this season one of the most awaited times of the year. But while it allows you to enjoy some family and friends gatherings together, it is also that time of the year when your plumbing system is most likely to experience problems. Find out the 7 most common plumbing problems during this season and how you can avoid them so that you can enjoy your summers in the best possible way.
Summer is the time of festivity. With kids at home, friends and family plan and organize brunches, barbeques, and dinners. And you enjoy all your meals, make sure you use the right way to dispose of it. Many people dump almost everything in the garbage disposal. This is not the right approach. A better way to deal with the situation is to dispose of oil, grease, bones, potato peels, and other fibrous fruits in the bin instead of the garbage disposal. Adequate disposal of leftover food ensures that your garbage disposal remains in the right shape and does not attract rats or result in foul odor in your drains.
Since most of the family members are at home during summers, this is the time when your home toilets are the busiest. This means there more toilet paper going in the bathroom, and there is a greater chance of getting your toilets clogged. So it is a good idea to keep a plunger handy and keep a check on what is going in the toilet. Since kids are at home most of the time, it is best to keep your toilet lids closed, especially if you have younger kids in the house. This will help prevent toys and other water-insoluble objects from going into the toilet.
But in the case where the clog is beyond your plunger's power, it is best to call a professional plumber. They have the right training and equipment to solve the problem of clogged toilets efficiently.
Sewer Line Backup
It is not uncommon to experience sewer line backup in warm weather. It happens because the ground warms up, and the groundwater dries out. This can lead to small cracks in your sewer line. As a result, sediment and tree roots find their way up in the sewer line and cause a backup.
As soon as you notice backup in your toilets or bathtubs, do not wait for the situation to get worse. Instead, immediately call a professional plumber who can inspect and repair your sewer line at the earliest.
Sprinkler Head Problems
Automatic sprinklers in your yard are on a break during the winters, and when the break is over, most sprinkler heads need repair or replacement. This is because a broken sprinkler can result in water waste and can cause damage to the grass. In case your sprinkler head is working fine even after the seasonal change, you don't need to worry. But if your sprinkler head is broken, it is a good idea to replace it as soon as possible. You can do it on your own or can seek services of a professional plumber. In either case, this is a must-do activity, or else, your grass will die out, and your yard will entirely lose its serenity.
Washing Machine Hose Leaks
With kids and other family members at home and with friends and family staying over, it is given that there are more than normal loads of laundry. Your washing machine is working more, so is your washing machine hose. Inspect the water hose at the back of your washing machine to ensure there is no flood in the house during this busy time of the year. In case there is any leakage, don't wait until the situation gets worse. Instead, immediately replace your machine hose. It is better to invest in a stainless steel water hose, which is more durable and lasts longer than rubber hoses. If you are not sure how to change the washing machine hose, call a plumber.
Slow-Clearing Shower Drains
During typical summers, the beach is the favorite place to be at. And with all the sand, shells, and pebbles on the shore, you are only bound to bring a few home. As you empty under the warm shower, all these souvenirs from the beach get stuck in your drains. So as soon as you notice an ankle-deep pool in your shower, instead of letting your kids enjoy it, make sure you call a plumber.
The best approach is to be proactive and discourage the rinsing of bathing suits in the shower. Instead, rinse off your beach dress at the beach or in a public shower rather than bringing it home. But in case you do, make sure you use a drain screen and clean the screen often. Once the residual is in the drain, and you notice a slow clearing drain, only a plumber can help resolve your issue.
Let's not forget that summer brings rain, and with rain comes flooding. Since summer is right around the corner, it is best to get your sump pumps checked with a professional plumber. Don't wait until your basement is flooded. Be proactive and take action now rather than regretting it later.
The summer season brings along some plumbing problems, but there is no summer plumbing problem that cannot be handled by Mesa Plumbing. Our professional plumbers are available 24/7 to deal with all types of plumbing problems that this season brings. To know more about our services or to schedule an appointment, call now at 480-832-1660 or visit our website.