Now that summer is in full swing, you’re spending more time at the pool, in the lake or out on the ocean. Water is synonymous with summer, but the last place you want to go swimming is your home’s bathroom.
Be on the lookout for these four common summer plumbing problems.
1. Slow-Clearing Drains
Your home’s drains take a lot of abuse during the hot summer months. A trip to the beach is fun, but all of the sand, seashells and pebbles you bring into the shower can easily lead to drain clogs.
These types of clogs can be avoided by using the public showers to rinse off before leaving the beach, and by removing bathing suits before taking a shower.
The humidity and heat of summer can also dry out your hair which can lead to more shedding. Hair, dirt and grime can clog drains in both the showers and sinks in your home.
If the clog is serious, it may be time to call in a professional to have your drains cleaned.
“If your drain has been cleaned recently, it should work fine. However, if you still have a drain clog, there might be issues with the sewer,” says Sewer Experts, a Denver drain cleaning company.
2. Sewer Line Backups
Summer often brings sudden heavy showers, which can wreak havoc on your sewer line. When rain soaks the dry earth, it can cause loose soil to move into small cracks in your pipes which can lead to blockages.
Tree roots can also grow into your sewer system, causing small cracks to grow large.
If you have water backing up in your bath or toilet, it’s time to call a plumber.
3. Sprinkler Problems
Automatic sprinklers are convenient, but they can start showing signs of wear and tear after a few years of use. Damaged heads and leaking hoses can lead to water waste.
4. Washing Machine Issues
Washing machines get an extra workout in the summer months when everyone is spending more time outdoors. Heavy loads are more common in the summer, but this can lead to overflows and blockages.
Try washing smaller loads to avoid this issue. Washing one load a day can help you keep your laundry pile down without overloading your washing machine and plumbing system. Also, make sure that you’re checking your washing machine hoses for leaks or kinks that may cause issues.
Summer can be hard on your home’s plumbing system, but being aware of these common problems can help you prevent them or call in a professional before the issue progresses into a bigger, more expensive repair.