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Protect Your Property From Serious Summer Plumbing Problems

When we think of potential problems for homeowners in the summer, plumbing issues may not readily come to mind. However, the warmer months are a prime time for plumbing problems that may not occur at other 5 Common Summer Plumbing Problems - Horizon Comfort Zone Blogtimes of the year. How can homeowners protect their property from serious summer plumbing problems and what particular issues should they be careful to avoid? Here are five of the most common plumbing problems that arise during the summer.

1. Clogged Disposal

Are you having plenty of cookouts this summer? If so, you will need be careful of how you dispose of waste food. While produce may be organic, it is generally not good for your in-sink garbage disposal, particularly if you are getting rid of hard fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon or corn. These types of produce can damage the blades in your disposal unit or lead to stubborn clogs. Used cooking oils are also damaging to garbage disposal systems, so avoid pouring the dirty grease down the drain after grilling out. It is also a good idea to run cold water through your disposal for a few seconds before and after you use it to clear any remaining bits of food.

2. Sewer Line Backups

Certain areas of the country may be prone to summer rain showers or thunderstorms, especially as the air heats up in the afternoon. Excessive rain can get into sewer pipes through cracks and cause the sewer line to back up. You might also experience trouble if tree roots spread underground and crack the pipes. If you see any signs of sewer line trouble such as water from the toilet backing up into the bathtub drain, call a qualified plumber right away. He or she may recommend a sewer line replacement if the damage is extensive.

3. Washing Machine Maintenance

Your washing machine may get more of a workout during the summer, especially if you have children that are out of school. Spending days at the pool or the beach results in more laundry to wash, which can put additional stress on your washing machine. It is best to stay at home while the machine is running, so that if a problem arises you can stop the cycle immediately and call a professional if needed. You should also move the machine out from the wall a little to prevent the hose from kinking.

4. Clogged Toilets

Household toilets are also used more regularly in the summer, thanks to children using the bathroom during the day. Teach your kids to use a modest amount of toilet paper and to flush only after they actually use the bathroom. Common clogs are fairly simple to clear with a plunger, but if you need additional help, call in a professional.

5. Sprinkler Issues

If you have sprinklers embedded in your lawn, be sure to inspect and clean the heads before the season begins. When you are mowing the lawn, be careful to do so when the sprinkler heads are lowered, in order to avoid damaging them.


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(12) Comments

  1. Plumbing Issues August 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Working with plumbing issues at home is not a joke or an easy thing to do. If you don’t have enough knowledge to deal with the problem you should hire a professional plumber to fix the problem.

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  2. Shane Macauley August 28th, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Plumbing issues are always found in every home. I am must thankful for you providing such an informative article about summer plumbing issues.

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  3. Plumbing September 2nd, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Mentioned above is what every household experiences especially during summer. Those plumbing issues are most times ignored and lead to a bigger problems. Lucky are we, that there are sites and articles over the net that posts some solutions.

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  4. Elgin IL Plumbers September 13th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for posting! All of these things are such issues when they happen, which is more frequently than not. I constantly have problems with my disposal that I can’t seem to fix, so its been a challenge. Great post!

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  5. Cork September 27th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    These are really useful tips to protect our asset from summer plumbing problem. It will really use this information.

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  6. Tyler Agent March 8th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the post, and I think that the worst plumbing problem that I ever experienced first-hand was when our garbage disposal got backed up. But it wasn’t only that, my roommate tried to throw away chicken down the disposal and it left a horrible stink overnight. And the next day it smelled like something died down there. And guess who got to clean it out…. that’s right, I did.

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  7. Whittier Drains August 30th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I never knew watermelon, corn, and used cooking oils were bad for your garbage disposal! I am surprised my garbage disposal hasn’t clogged up yet!

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  8. Annapolis Commercial A/C Repair October 7th, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I was searching for many blogs site and now finally I have got this cool place with lots of great information. Thanks.

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  9. Sewer Cleaning Sunnyvale January 28th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Even if you think you know the root of your plumbing problem, it’s never a bad idea to ask an expert’s opinion. A qualified HVAC contractor can help you diagnose and repair the issue, and get your bathroom or kitchen back up and running in no time.

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  10. Fremont Plumbing October 1st, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Plumbing is very important part of our house. We use several times a day. A part from this we should take care of it regularly. If we shall check it regularly we can save our valuable assets from damage.

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  11. Todd Gerard October 13th, 2016 at 2:41 am

    This article was very useful for household plumbing problems. thank you.

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  12. James J. Payne July 5th, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Great article, very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

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