Summertime is a time for leisure activities that involve heading outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and all the mud and dirt that mother nature has to offer. Here in Dallas, we are fortunate to have less time that we are forced to recess inside, but with kids out of school and longer days, we are not exempt from the summer bustle. Along with a host of new activities comes new opportunities for plumbing problems. Here, we will discuss what some common summer plumbing problems are and how you can avoid them!
Summer welcomes an increase in sewer backups for a variety of reasons. One, with the kids home from school; your sewer system is working overtime and may not be able to keep up if proper maintenance has not been done. To prevent this, spring is a good time to have your septic tanks levels checked and your children should be educated about the three p’s of plumbing.
Summer storms can cause problems when they cause the ground to become saturated and the soils to shift, or trees to fall. Unfortunately, mother nature’s surges are beyond your control and there is little you can do aside from having all routine sewer maintenance that you are responsible for as a homeowner done prior to summer to identify any issues.
Drain clogs seem to become an issue any time of year where there is an increase in house traffic. Toilets can become clogged when things that are not supposed to be flushed, are. With more sweat and dirt produced by outside activities, that means more showers and cleaning inside your home. Hair and mud can create quite the massive clog over time. To help reduce these problems, educate your family about what should and should not go down the drain. In the toilet, only the three p’s and in the shower, only dirty water!
In the kitchen, garbage disposal failures and drain clogs become more common in the summer as well. More barbeques mean more grease, which if it ends up poured down the sink, means more clogs! Garbage disposals tend to also see an increase in activity in the form of fruit rinds and missed bones. Encourage your family to scrape their dishes into the trash can before putting them in the sink or dishwasher, or better yet, use paper plates!
Pipe Damage and Leaks
An increase in outdoor water use from sprinklers and hoses means more potential for plumbing damage. Avoid running the lawnmower over sprinkler heads and instruct children to avoid playing near sprinkler heads. Damaged sprinkler heads can cause leaks that can be a simple inconvenience or lead to water damage in your home. Remind family members to ensure the hose is completely turned off once they are done using it and make a habit to check it daily to ensure it is completely turned off. This will not only help reduce water bills but also prevent water from backing up in your home at the water access point.
While not all plumbing problems are completely avoidable, help educate your family on how to properly use your home’s plumbing system and its features. If you do find yourself experiencing a plumbing problem in Dallas, trust the plumbing experts at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing. Contact us for your free estimate and to schedule your plumbing service today!