Many homeowners associate plumbing problems with winter, but summer can bring its fair share of issues too. While frozen pipes aren't an issue in summer, many other problems can arise. Learn about five of the most common reasons to call out a plumber in summer.
1. Sprinkler Leaks
If you use a sprinkler system to keep your garden green and lush, it is a good idea to check over the system when you use it for the first time in early summer. Over the winter, ice can form in sprinkler pipes and hoses, bursting them open. The burst pipes might only become obvious when you turn on your sprinkler system for the first time in summer.
At the beginning of summer, check your garden for puddles of water and patches of squelchy mud, which could be a telltale sign of a sprinkler system leak. If you don't identify the leak, the first sign of a problem could be a very large water bill.
2. Root Disruption of Sewer Lines
During summer, plants put down new growth. Trees and shrubs push their roots down into the earth, which can disrupt pipes and sewer lines. Tree root intrusion isn't a problem you can solve yourself. Instead, you need to call a professional plumber to find the problem and repair the damaged pipes.
Pay attention to bad smells around your property, which could indicate a problem with the main sewer line. You might also notice wastewater bubbling up from your drains or in your toilet bowl or water draining very slowly from sinks, showers and bathtubs.
3. Toilet Blockages
Many people are surprised to hear that toilet clogs are more common in summer. However, the reason for this trend is simple: over the summer holiday period, many families have guests over, which means more people are using the toilet. In addition, school-age kids are around during the day.
With so many people using the toilet, it can become clogged. To reduce the chance of having to call out a plumber, educate your kids about using the toilet responsibly. Let them know that they shouldn't use excessive amounts of toilet paper or put any objects into the bowl. Of course, keep a plunger on hand as well to address any clogs that do occur.
4. Blocked Shower Drains
When the weather is hot and humid, people may prefer to shower more frequently. Every time someone takes a shower, all the mud, sunscreen and skin products on their skin wash into the drain, where they mix with stray hairs. This combination can quickly lead to a partially blocked drain, which water flows down very slowly.
To reduce the risk of a blocked shower drain, use a drain cover to stop hair from falling into the drain. Empty the cover daily to keep hair out of your plumbing system.
5. Pool Problems
If you have a backyard pool, you get to enjoy a refreshing dip every day during summer. However, you also face an increased risk of plumbing problems. When you open up your pool at the beginning of summer, be sure to check the filtration and heating systems for any signs of wear and tear.
If your pool water turns green or looks dirty, the filter might not be working or the pool plumbing could be blocked. Call a plumber right away to resolve the issue and protect your pool.
No matter what plumbing problems you experience this summer, A&C Plumbing is ready to diagnose and fix them. Give our one-stop shop a call today to get our team to attend to your summer plumbing problems.