Top Summer Plumbing Problems & How to Prevent Them

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Top Summer Plumbing Problems & How to Prevent Them


Top Summer Plumbing Problems and How to Fix Them

Summer is the peak season for plumbing problems. This could be due to the kids being at home, increased water usage, or something else entirely. Regardless, it’s important to be aware of some common plumbing problems this summer and how to fix them.

Top Summer Plumbing Problems

  1. Garbage Disposal

If you have a lot of parties and get-togethers in the summer, pay particular attention to your garbage disposal. If you have a lot of helpers in the kitchen, the chances of your garbage disposal cogging or malfunctioning increases.

Instruct guests to use the garbage or just leave their plates where they are. While they are trying to be helpful, everyone has a different garbage disposal, and some people may want to overload it. Make sure you have plenty of garbage cans available and consider placing a sign near your garbage disposal that says “out of service” or something similar.

Teach everyone in the household not to throw these items down the garbage disposal: 

  1. Clogged Toilet

When the kids are home from school, the toilet gets used more often. And since kids have a tendency to flush all sorts of things down the toilet, the risk of clogged toilets rises in the summer months.

Now may be a good time to teach the young ones some bathroom rules:

  1. NEVER flush anything down the toilet that is not human waste or toilet paper.
  2. Go over rule number 1 again. Only human waste or toilet paper—not paper towels, cotton balls, stuffed animals, hair, or anything else you can think of.
  3. If the toilet does clog, do not try to flush it again. Nobody will be upset at a clogged toilet (it happens all the time), but if you continue to flush the toilet, the water will overflow and make a mess of the whole bathroom.

Here are some things that you can do to reduce the risk of toilet clogs this summer:

  1. Sewer Line Backups

We all have memories of summer rain. However, some of those memories include sewer line backups when the city’s drain system couldn’t handle the load.

If your home doesn’t have a sewer backflow prevention device (aka a “backwater valve”), you may experience sewage damage during and after heavy rains. Backwater check valves only allow water flow in one direction, thus eliminating the possibility of water backing up from city sewers.

If you do experience a sewer backup and flooding, remember that water and electricity don’t mix.

Click here for more information on electrical safety during flood conditions.

  1. Outdoor Leaks

We use our irrigation systems, faucets, swimming pools, and other outdoor water features a lot more often during the summer. If you notice an outdoor sprinkler, irrigation, faucet, or pool/spa equipment leak, contact your local professional plumber as soon as you can.

If you have an in-ground irrigation or sprinkler system, make sure that it is lowered before you mow the lawn. If any sprinkler heads are broken, replace them soon so that you don’t have patches of yellow and brown.

  1. Indoor Leaks

One specific indoor leak you want to watch out for is washing machine hose leaks. Take a moment to inspect the back of your washing machine for any possible leaks.

You can find our if you have leaks in your home looking for the low-flow indicator. If the dial is moving, you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system (on the house side).

To understand how much water you are using as a household, you can check your water bill or look at your main water meter. Learn how to read your water meter here.

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