The summer season brings backyard BBQs, picnics, and fun times spent outdoors. But the summer season could also come with plumbing problems caused by the summer lifestyle. Whether you’ve got friends or relatives coming to visit, or a birthday to celebrate, your home’s plumbing system will be under more pressure than other seasons and will require extra care and attention to avoid the following common problems.
- Clogged garbage disposals
An increase in household guests usually means more frequent use of the garbage disposal. In the rush of cooking lunch or dinner, you may be tempted to throw food waste down the drain that could cause a clog and even a serious blockage.
To prevent a clogged garbage disposal, throw food scraps in the trash, rather than down the drain.
- Slow-draining showers
Another potential summer problem is a slow-draining shower. If you travel to the lake or beach, you’re more likely to bring back sand, dirt, and gravel that could quickly clog your shower drain. Have your kids and guests rinse off their hands and feet using an outdoor hose before taking a shower. Also be sure to shake out beach towels before throwing them in the washer.
- Sprinkler trouble
Outdoor games on the lawn and in the backyard could lead to damaged sprinkler heads and punctured hoses. Be sure to look for signs of damage or you could end up with a sky-high water bill!
- Clogged toilet
Guests may be tempted to throw trash in the toilet if the guest bathroom doesn’t have a small garbage can. Be sure to place one near the toilet to prevent a clogged toilet.
To prepare for the possibility of a clogged toilet, be sure to have a plunger on-hand for a quick and easy fix.
- Underground plumbing leak
If you have a pool, you may be at risk of having an underground plumbing leak. These leaks may be caused by corrosion or movements in the ground. If you’ve had to add more water to the pool than usual, be sure to call Blue Apple Electric for a thorough inspection.