Summer vacation is the perfect time to unwind. Whether you’re heading to the beach or to an amusement park, there’s no better way to savor the season than with a trip. But nothing can ruin the lingering vacation feelings than to come home and find your sewer line backed up. The summer months are the prime time for many plumbing problems that usually don’t occur during any other time of the year. There’s no controlling when they’ll happen, either.
As a homeowner, there are a few different things you can do to reduce the likelihood of these four common plumbing problems ruining your fun this summer.
Backed-up sewer lines
Summer rain is a beautiful thing—but it can also cause a multitude of problems. Excessive rain can fill the sewer pipes and push water through the cracks, which can lead to the entire sewer line backing up. This could leave your home or backyard flooded. Growing tree roots can also lead to a backed-up sewer line. If a tree is planted too close to the pipes, eventually the strong roots will spread out while growing and crack the pipe. Call a professional plumber in Colorado Springs as soon as you notice the toilet backing up or unexplained flooding in the bathtub. It’s best to take care of this early, before it becomes a major problem.
The kids are out of school, which means the toilets are working all day long. The increase in usage could lead to a clogged toilet if a child were to use too much toilet paper or attempt to flush down something inappropriate. Regularly reminding your children to only use a modest amount of toilet paper will help, but if something does happen, call a plumber to get the toilet back up and running.
Sprinklers are your lawn’s lifelines during the hot summer season. Take special care to keep them working well by inspecting and cleaning each sprinkler head before and during the start of the season. A clogged head has a harder time distributing water, which can leave your lawn looking dry and brown. Remember to replace any broken heads as needed. Additionally, be cautious of the sprinkler heads when moving the lawn. Running over one that isn’t completely lowered will destroy the sprinkler head.
Between barbecue leftovers and s’mores remnants, your garbage disposal can take a beating during the summer. Be mindful of what you’re attempting to dispose to prevent a clogged disposal. Food waste—especially fruits and vegetables—should go in the trash, not down the garbage disposal. Avoid dumping any oils from the barbecue down the sink, as well. Disposing of a food item improperly can lead to clogs and damaged blades. If you’re disposal is clogged, try to run some cold water down the drain for a minute to clear any lingering foods. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call a plumber in Colorado Springs for help.
To learn more about how BullsEye Plumbing Heating & Air can help you avoid major plumbing issues this summer and throughout the year, give us a call today!