Even though we don’t have to worry about frozen pipes in the summer, that doesn’t mean your plumbing is A-OK. In fact, the warm weather brings its own problems, and it’s important you know how to prevent them. From clogged toilets to flooded basements, there’s a lot you can do to keep your plumbing running smoothly.
Here are a few tips to avoid summer plumbing problems from the experts at Action Plumbing:
Be Careful With What is Flushed
A problem-free toilet is a key to keeping things on track. But with customers flushing the wrong items to kids fooling around, clogged toilets are likely to occur this time of year.
Remember to tell your customers not to flush down anything that could plug up the toilet such as feminine hygiene products or large wads of paper. If your toilet does get clogged, make sure there’s enough water in the bowl to plunge it. Close the toilet flapper so the water doesn’t overflow and don’t flush the toilet until the clog begins to loosen up. If you’re still not having success, contact Action Plumbing right away.
Avoid Tree Roots
There’s a good reason experts recommend that trees or plants with a strong root system be planted a safe distance away from your home’s foundation. Even the slightest leak in your sewer line gives roots an opportunity to find the water they so desperately crave, and the room to grow and block up pipes.
If you have very slow drains, or your toilet is backing up into your shower or bathtub, chances are a tree or plant root may be causing a blockage in your sewer line.
Replace Washing Machine Hoses
Inspect your washing machine hoses for leaks, cracks, or bulges. Remember, now that your family is spending more time at home, you likely have more laundry to do, which adds extra stress on both you and your washing machine!
A normal washing machine lasts only about 5 years, so replacing your hoses regularly could be the most important thing you do to prevent a flooded basement. Be on the lookout for leaks behind your machine and always make sure that the connection to your water supply pipes is snug.
Problems With Stormy Weather
With hot, humid days comes powerful storms. Which means a flooded basement could easily be in your future. So it’s time to check your sump pump and make sure there are no issues.
Here are some signs to watch out for on a malfunctioning pump:
- You notice a mildewy, must order coming from the pump
- The float switch is stuck
- When it’s working, it makes a loud, obnoxious noise
- It just won’t turn on no matter what you do
Since your sump pump keeps the water out of your basement, you’re going to need it checked ASAP.
If you have any additional tips to avoid summer plumbing problems, we’re here to help! Contact Action Plumbing today for all your residential and commercial plumbing needs.