It’s been a hot summer, we know. We’re not overly worried about burst pipes when it’s 95 degrees, but summertime comes with its own popularly needed plumbing services. We never know when exactly you’ll need an emergency plumber in the summer, but there are some popular calls we get once it heats up outside.
The best part is, most of these are avoidable by merely keeping an eye out around the house. Let’s look at what commonly goes wrong and how to prevent pestilent plumbing plights.
In scorching climates like ours, it’s important to keep our vegetation watered. That lawn isn’t going to keep itself green if your sprinklers are offline for reasons unbeknownst to you. Firstly, they’re outdoors and take a beating between seasons. Inspect them before using them every summer. We stand to use 20% less water by having water-efficient fixtures installed and sprinklers can be a fiend when it comes to leaks. Not to mention, lawnmowers are notoriously unfriendly to sprinkler heads. Keep your eyes on them and they’ll be flowing smoothly when you need them most.
Disposals are excellent for disintegrating minor food waste, but they aren’t as invincible as some people think. This can cause blockages that muck up your disposal and drain. A thorough drain cleaning, along with the garbage disposal will ensure you don’t have any smelly, food-laden drain backups. When you’re putting things in the disposal, run it with water, then run water through the disposal for five to ten seconds after use. This will clear and rinse it before it goes idle again.
Sump pump issues
There’s nothing quite like a flooded basement to dampen your summer. People with flood-prone basements have to make sure their sump pumps are in working order. It’s not a problem you want to deal with as the moment strikes. No one likes pondering repairs in ankle deep water. That said, sometimes even heavy rainfall can trigger flooding and basement leakages, so having your sump pump ready for anything can wisely ward off a wet basement.
Whether it’s leak repair, burst pipes, or a casual plumbing checkup, staying on top of potential plumbing issues can save you from needing emergency services in the first place. We’re here when you need us, so give a call, but the best part of plumbing services is not needing them very often.