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Common Summer Plumbing Problems and Their Solutions

Summer is here, and while it's a time for fun in the sun, it can also be a time for plumbing problems. From clogged toilets to burst pipes, summer plumbing problems can be a real headache. In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the most common summer plumbing problems and how to prevent them.

Clogged Toilets

Summer is the time when kids are out of school and spending more time at home. This means more toilet usage and a higher chance of clogged toilets. To prevent clogs, make sure to remind your family to only flush toilet paper and to avoid flushing anything else, including wipes and feminine products. Additionally, consider installing low-flow toilets, which use less water and are less likely to clog.

Garbage Disposal Issues

Summer means more outdoor barbecues and cooking, which can put a strain on your garbage disposal. To prevent issues, avoid putting fibrous or starchy foods down the disposal, such as corn husks and potato peels. Additionally, run cold water for a few seconds before and after using the disposal to help flush out any food particles.

Sprinkler System Problems

Summer is the time when you'll be using your sprinkler system the most, but it can also be the time when problems arise. To prevent issues, make sure to regularly inspect your sprinkler system for leaks or damaged pipes. Additionally, adjust your sprinkler heads to avoid watering your driveway or sidewalk, which can waste water and cause damage.

Water Heater Troubles

Summer is also the time when your water heater may be working harder than usual due to increased usage. To prevent issues, consider flushing your water heater tank to remove any sediment buildup. Additionally, turn down the temperature on your water heater to save energy and prevent scalding.

Sewer Line Backups

Summer storms can cause sewer line backups, which can lead to unpleasant odors and potential health hazards. To prevent backups, avoid pouring grease down the drain and make sure to properly dispose of food waste. Additionally, consider installing a backflow preventer to prevent sewage from backing up into your home.

In conclusion, by taking preventative measures, you can avoid common summer plumbing problems and save yourself time, money, and stress. If you do experience any plumbing issues this summer, don't hesitate to contact DB's Plumbing and Drain® for expert plumbing services.