Common Summer Plumbing Problems

July 6, 2022

Plumbing problems tend to rear their ugly heads in the summer, and you need to be aware of possible occurrences. Here are some common summer plumbing issues and an explanation of how heat affects your system. 

Does Warm Weather Affect Your Plumbing? 

The short answer is yes. Warm and sweltering temperatures can affect your plumbing negatively, causing unforeseen problems. One issue with hot weather is that it causes pipes to expand, and too much expansion can cause a break or crack in worn or aged components. 

Your family will also likely use water more frequently during the summer months by taking several daily baths or showers. This process can strain the pipes and wear them out faster than usual. 

Top Common Summer Plumbing Issues

Here’s a list of some of the most commonly seen plumbing problems that creep up during the summer:

1. Faucet Leaks

Faucet leaks are common problems, especially during the summer. These leaks usually occur in outdoor units because of the increased water usage for home automotive cleaning, water slides, pool fill-ups, and other tasks. 

2. Clogged Toilets

Toilets have a way of accumulating more nasty clogs in the summertime. That usually happens because families have more visitors during the summer on weekends and when holidays arrive. The likelihood of someone flushing inappropriate items or using too much toilet paper increases drastically, boosting the potential for a clog. 

3. Jammed Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals get jammed for the same reasons toilets get clogged. Household members tend to have more barbecues, dinner parties, and other gatherings during these months. The person with the cleaning duty then forks food items into an aging garbage disposal system and wreaks havoc on its holding capacity. 

4. Slowly Draining Showers

Showers have slow draining issues when people wash their hair frequently in the summertime. Hairballs can accumulate in shower drains quickly and cause annoyingly slow drainage. You may be tempted to use a commercial product like Drano to rid yourself of such a clog. However, a safer and more effective solution is available, and you should consider using it. 

5. Sump Pump Failure

You have a sump pump unit in your basement if you own a home that has one. This unit removes extra water that accumulates in the basin when it rains. Pump failure is a frequent problem for basement owners, and it can strike during summer when it rains the most.  

What To Do if You Have Plumbing Problems

It’s always wise to contact a plumbing professional and ask for help. Plumbing experts can handle complex repairs and assist you with the simple repairs that aren’t that simple. A plumbing service provider can also work with you to ensure that your system receives the proper inspections and maintenance throughout the year to avoid sudden summer issues. 

Reaching out to a plumbing expert is as easy as making a phone call or sending an online request. Being proactive and making immediate contact is the easiest way to save money on fixes.  

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