Solving The Most Common Summertime Plumbing Problems
Here in Atlanta, we’ve found plumbing problems tend to run in cycles. We see certain plumbing problems arise at certain times of the year.
The summer is no different. In the warmest months of the year, you’re home more. You live outside, throw more parties, and cook different types of foods. All of that impacts your plumbing system in different ways.
What calls do we get more in the summer?
What’s the best part of summer? The food. Corn on the cob. Watermelon. Grilling … anything. As you’re cleaning up, it’s best to remember that your garbage disposal isn’t a garbage can. It isn’t meant for large amounts of food. And certain types of produce can lead to more clogs – cobs and stringy vegetables can easily clog up the blades. When you do use your disposal, follow up by running cold water through the drain for a few seconds to clear out any residual bits of food.
The kids are home more, which means you’re bound to find your toilets clog a bit more. Be sure to teach them to use a modest amount of toilet paper. And ban flushable wipes from your home – they aren’t flushable. Also, teach young children that toilets aren’t a toy, and their toys aren’t meant to take a ride down. Keep a plunger handy as it’ll most certainly get some use with summer traffic in your home.
Sewer Line Backups
While you might be able to fix some kitchen sink and toilet problems by simple means, occasionally the problem will go deeper into the system. Summer storms can also take their toll by feeding tree roots that will eventually penetrate into pipes throughout your yard. One back up might be a simple clog. If you notice several drains backing up throughout your home, it might be a sewer line backup. Call in a professional to solve the problem quickly.
Extra beach towels. Sandy beach wear. More laundry to wash. It’s inevitable in the summer months. But more laundry soap combined with dirt and sand can often create nasty clogs. Never start the washer and leave; you might come home to a flood. When you do have a problem, it’s best to call in a professional immediately to avoid a watery mess.
What are you doing to protect yourself from plumbing problems this summer?