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6 Common Summer Plumbing Issues You Can Avoid


Ah, summer. It’s time to finally relax. The warm weather brings with it vacations, cookouts, family fun, and plumbing problems. Wait, plumbing problems? It’s true, your plumbing system can experience a lot of stress during the long summer days, but that’s life, isn’t it? Nothing’s ever easy. Well, it doesn’t have to be too bad, because with our list of six common summer plumbing issues you can be sure to prepare yourself for everything summer has to throw at you. Don’t let plumbing problems water down your summer fun!

Flooded Basements

Summer is essentially monsoon season here in Pennsylvania, and 2019 is already shaping up to be an exceedingly wet one. While many love the rain, it can be a source of nightmares for anyone with a vulnerable basement. Flooded basements cause a myriad of issues: mold, damaged drywall, damaged floors, and more. This damage could cost you thousands in repairs.

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It can all be prevented with a high functioning sump pump. A sump pump is a pump in the lowest part of your basement that does what you might expect: pump water out of your home. If you don’t already have a sump pump, but you know your basement is susceptible to flooding order one now. If you do have one, you should ensure that it’s in proper working condition. Call us and we can come take a look at it for you.

Remember the price of a pump or service is far lower than the price of repairs.

Backed Up Sewer Lines

The summer rain doesn’t just put your basement at risk, it can back up your sewer lines and cause serious problems like stinky sink drains, drain backups, and water backups in your toilet and bath. All this is caused by rain water soaking into the dry ground and bringing with it loose soil that gets in through small cracks in your pipes. The soil causes the blockages, but the rain is what helps it get there.

Tree roots can also crack and block your sewage system!

Have a plumber come out to your property to inspect your pipes before the problem even begins; there are a lot of preventative measures that will save you a lot of headaches this summer.

Checking clogged toilet pipe with inspection camera.

Clogged Toilets

Sure, clogged toilets are an issue year round, but with the kids home from school it can become much more prevalent. Make sure to remind them not to flush any wet wipes or food, and keep a plunger on hand to deal with any small blockages. If the toilet becomes blocked, and you can’t solve it on your own, don’t delay! Call a plumber as soon as possible because leaving a toilet clogged could permanently damage it!

Overloaded Washing Machines

It’s summer, so that means a lot of laundry. Not only are the kids home, but you just sweat right through your clothes. The loads are heavy during the season, but that doesn’t mean you should overload your washing machine. Overloading can lead to blockages, overflows, and overheating. Also, when’s the last time you check the hoses to and from your machine for leaks or kinks? You need to do this pretty regularly otherwise you could run into an expensive situation.

If your machine is overheating pull it away from the wall for now and call a professional.

Sprinkler Problems

It’s been a while since you’ve had them running, and it will show. Sprinklers can show a lot of signs of wear and tear after a couple seasons off. Check the hoses and heads for damage, and if you spot anything give us a call! If you wait the damage will only get worse, and eventually the sprinklers will stop working all together.

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Clogged Garbage Disposals

Have you been husking corn? Hopefully not into your garbage disposal. The garbage disposal can clog and cause a host of problems. Most obviously, your sink will drain slowly, the disposal won’t function, and you’ll have a smelly sink drain. A clogged garbage disposal is the last thing you want, and if your hosting a stinky sink is a big embarrassment. Don’t let water that won’t go down get you down. Call a professional and fix the problem, it’s a quick fix but often requires a snake and other professional tools. Don’t worry, we got this.

Take Back Summer

Summer should never be anything other than fun, relaxing, and freeing. Plumbing problems are none of those things, so save your summer and make sure you’re ready for everything summer is going to throw at your system. For more information visit our website, and if you have a plumbing emergency call us today! We pledge 100% satisfaction guarantee on every service call.

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