Some homeowners assume that once the weather warms up, most of their plumbing problems are gone, meaning no more frozen pipes or heater malfunctions. However, just because summer comes, that doesn’t mean that all of your plumbing issues go down the drain. Many homeowners experience plumbing issues throughout the summer months in addition to winter months.
Nothing ruins summer fun quite like problems with your water or plumbing systems. To help you and your family avoid the hassle of plumbing repairs, here are some common issues to look for.
Backed-Up Sewer Lines
Summer rainstorms often cause homeowners’ sewer lines to back up. If your sewer line has any leaks or cracks, rainfall can enter sewage pipes and cause back-up. Additionally, tree roots tend to grow towards water sources like sewage lines, and these roots can cause cracks in sewage pipes.
It’s a good idea for homeowners to call a plumber to inspect their sewer lines after a wet spring season. Your plumber can help you locate potential problems in your pipes and provide treatment options for clearing your blocked drains.
Most families use more water during the summer for reasons like running sprinklers or washing more dirty clothes. You and your family could be using even more water than usual if your home has cracked pipes.
It’s important to fix leaky pipes quickly to avoid unnecessarily high water bills. Even a small leak can waste up to 100 gallons each week. To reduce the amount of water your family uses, check for leaks around your home.
Here are some areas you may want to check for leakages:
Additionally, water damage can be a sign of a nearby leak. Check for water damage under sink areas and around the bases of your toilets. If you find leaks in your home, call a plumber to seal any damaged pipes.
Overworked Washing Machines
Many homeowners use their washing machine more often during the summer when children start to spend more time playing outside. If you find yourself using your washing machine more than usual, check for damages regularly.
Overusing a washing machine could lead to a burst hose. A burst hose could waste a lot of water as well as cause water damage to your home. Look for leaks and cracks on your washing machine that may cause problems. When you regularly check for damages on your washing machine, you can often discover issues before they require major repairs.
Additionally, move the washing machine a few inches away from the wall to prevent kinks in the washer hose.
You can also minimize damages to your dryer by cleaning dryer lint off of the filter after each cycle. Excessive dryer lint causes your dryer to work harder than usual and use more energy. Also, built-up dryer lint can be flammable and can cause fires.
If you’re worried about overworking your washing or drying machines, consider staying home while these machines are running. If there is a problem with one of your machines, stop the cycle right away and call a repair technician.
Many homeowners rely on a sprinkler system to provide their lawns with enough water throughout the summer. If you use sprinklers for your lawn, make sure the sprinkler heads are working properly before you turn them on in the summer.
Most sprinkler head damages occur from kids playing in the yard or from lawn mowers. To avoid damages from kids and lawn mowers, ensure that sprinkler heads are lowered when they’re not in use.
Check for these common plumbing problems throughout the summer to avoid high water bills and costly repairs. If you do suspect a plumbing problem in your home or yard, contact a plumber right away so that you can get back to enjoying your summer.