Summertime Plumbing Woes

 

 

Summertime is just around the corner and while most of us associate the summer months with cookouts, family vacations, and days spent on the beach, few consider the potential plumbing problems that can arise during this active time of the year.  

 

During the summer months, your home’s plumbing system gets more use. From entertaining guests, cooking more, kid’s home from college (and the extra laundry loads that come with them), can lead to an increase in plumbing issues and potentially costly repairs. 

 

Here are some of the most common summertime plumbing issues and how you can avoid them! 

 

 

Septic Tank Problems  

 

In Florida, the arrival of summer brings hurricane season and increased rainfall, and afternoon thunderstorms. With this increased precipitation, comes the potential for negative impacts on your septic system, especially in older or neglected systems.   

 

Septic systems rely on a drain or “leach” field to help absorb household wastewater. When the ground becomes saturated with heavy amounts of rain, the leach field can have a hard time absorbing it. Combined with an increased load on the septic system from household guests, the kids being home all day, and extra laundry, your system could experience a failure.  

 

Have your septic system serviced, pumped, and inspected before Summer arrives so you can avoid unexpected backups or failures.  

 

Clogged Toilets 

 

Much like a clogged disposal, clogged toilets happen more frequently when they are in higher use in the summer months. The kids are out of school and you have more guests coming over, so it is important to make sure that everyone knows what can and cannot be flushed (hint: if it says ‘flushable’, it’s not).  

 

Fortunately, most toilet clogs are easily fixed with a plunger, but some can turn into serious clogs that require the help of a professional.  

 

Clogged toiletThe plumbing pros at Integrity Home Solutions are on call 24/7 for all your emergency plumbing needs! Call 813-473-6007 

 

 

Water Heater Problems  

 

While you might experience more water heater problems more frequently in the winter, you can have some issues during the summer months as well. Increased water use can affect the performance of your water heater. 

 

Rust, scale, and sediment buildup in your water heater tank can dislodge due to increased activity and find their way into your plumbing system! Summertime water heater problems include:  

 

  • obstructive faucet aerators 
  • decreased water heater performance 
  • discolored or odorous water 

 

Avoid water heater issues by getting preventative maintenance done on your water heater. Call a licensed pro to have it flushed and tuned up. We can help you maintain clean and ample hot water throughout the year.  

 

 

Plumbing Leaks  

 

A myriad of plumbing issues and leaks can develop in the summer month. A leak could be as simple as an outdoor hose or indoor faucet leaking, or a more complicated issue such as a compromised water supply line, or a fitting leak.  

 

If you discover a leaking water supply line or fixture, or a higher monthly water bill, you should call Integrity Home Solutions immediately to schedule an inspection and repairs. A simple drip from your outdoor hose or plumbing fixture inside your home could waste hundreds of gallons of water, so make sure to get it fixed as soon as possible.  

 

 

Seasonal plumbing maintenance is crucial to a well-functioning plumbing system. At Integrity Home Solutions, we offer a year-round maintenance plan for your home. Call us to learn about our Priority Partner Plan! 

 

 

Clogged Drains or Garbage Disposal  

 

Summertime might be the best time for cookouts, but that also means there might be a lot of food waste going down the kitchen drain. Make sure that you are disposing of your food waste properly and know what can and cannot go down the drain 

 

Clogged disposals are quite common during the summer months due to fruit pits and grease from grilling.  

 

Never put these food scraps down the drain: 

 

  • Eggshells 
  • Potato peels 
  • Nuts 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Coffee grounds 
  • Cooking fat 
  • Grease 
  • Bones 
  • Crustacean shells 
  • Apple cores 
  • Corn husks
  • Onion skins 

 

These kinds of food scraps should go straight into the trash or compost heap. 

 

 

Clogged Shower Drains 

 

Summertime trips to the beach or the lake can bring sand, dirt, and pebbles into the shower, which in turn could block the shower drain.  

 

We recommend rinsing off at the beach, or outside the house before taking a shower to avoid clogging the shower drain. Further, avoid clogged shower drains by keeping an eye on the drain cover and removing any hair that is stuck in there.  

 

 

Avoid Summertime Plumbing Issues 

 

Avoid summertime plumbing issues with preventive maintenance and inspections from Integrity Home Solutions. From septic tank repairs to clogged disposals, drains, or toilets, our plumbing experts can inspect and repair your plumbing system so you can get back to enjoying your summer.  

 

At the first sign of a clog or leak, call Integrity Home Solutions at 813-473-6007 for preventative maintenance or 24/7 emergency plumbing repairs anywhere in Tampa Bay.  

 

 

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