Common Summer Plumbing Issues (And How to Fix Them)
Summer is a beloved season for many, and it's not hard to see why.
It's a time for vacations, quality family time, and endless entertainment options. The sun's rays also provide a healthy dose of vitamin D, leaving everyone feeling fantastic. However, amidst all the summer fun, it's important to be aware of the impact it can have on your plumbing system. The warmer months can put a strain on your pipes and fixtures due to increased usage and activity. To avoid any potential issues, it's crucial to be proactive.
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the most common plumbing problems that tend to arise during summer and how to tackle them effectively.
Since more people are likely to be at home, especially with kids out of school, your plumbing system may face additional stress. Keep a close eye on common issues like clogged drains and proper garbage disposal usage. By addressing these concerns promptly, you can prevent minor inconveniences from escalating into major problems, especially with the increased foot traffic that comes with summer.
Outdoor plumbing fixtures often encounter issues such as rust, cracks, and leaks when they're not in use. It's crucial to take a moment and inspect your outdoor plumbing fixtures. This includes carefully examining outdoor faucets for any signs of cracks or leaks, checking your gutters for potential blockages, and paying attention to your sprinklers. Sprinklers, in particular, play a significant role in watering lawns or entertaining kids during the summer. However, if they have gone unnoticed and developed cracks or leaks during the colder months, they can lead to wastage. It's wise to address these issues early in the season to avoid an unpleasant surprise on your water bill later on.
When it comes to summer planting, be cautious of potential disturbances to gas or sewer lines. Gardening is a popular activity during June, July, and August, but it's essential to know the location of these lines in your yard before digging. Take the necessary precautions to ensure you don't accidentally damage any pipes while working with your shovel.
No matter the time of year, day of the week, or hour of the day, Tualatin Valley Plumbing has your back. Call us when you need help protecting your home’s plumbing in the summer, or any other time of year.