There are many homeowners out there who assume that plumbing issues are a thing that are most common during the colder winter months. While the cold months of the year do bring their own series of problems, the summer months have some of their own issues that you need to be on the lookout for. Many of these plumbing issues can be mitigated if you are on the lookout for them and give them the care they need, when they need it. In an effort to help you keep your home in the best condition possible this summer, and avoid any expensive plumbing repairs, our team of professionals here at Rork Plumbing & Piping Service have taken the time to put together this short list detailing some of the more common plumbing issues that might befall your home during the summer. Our plumbers know what to look out for in order to spot them before they do any lasting damage to your home or your summer plans.
Summertime generally means plenty of green grass, blooming flowerbeds, and just overall beautiful landscaping for many homeowners throughout the area. However, many homeowners rely on their sprinkler system in order to make sure that this process goes smoothly and efficiently so they don't have to spend half of their day outside watering their lawn. Your sprinkler system is extremely important during the drier summer months, but since it lies dormant for many months at a time during the winter, your sprinkler system has plenty of time to develop issues from natural wear and tear. Sprinkler leaks could wind up costing you big time over the course of the summer on your water bills, and any damage might not be readily noticeable. You will want to keep an eye on your monthly water bills and take note if it starts to climb or is just generally higher than usual.
If you have a large family, the summer months are likely going to result in more use out of your toilets on any given day as the kids are out of school, and will likely be spending much of their time at home. One of the best ways to prevent these issues is to make sure that your kids know what can and can't be flushed safely, and to ensure that they are using the right amount of toilet paper when they use the bathroom. Making sure that everyone is on the same page about what can and can't be flushed and how much toilet paper is the right amount to use can go a long way towards avoiding toilet clogs over the course of the summer.
Summer is the time is the perfect time to break out the grill, invite over friends and neighbors, and just enjoy the outdoors. With the increase in use of the kitchen, weather for preparing meals at home with the family, or organizing a backyard barbecue, your garbage disposal is likely to start seeing a bit more use, and it is important to know what can and can't be put down there in order to avoid damaging the your disposal. There are certain things you are going to want to avoid putting down your disposal, including hard fruits, vegetables, corn cobs, or any other starchy foods that tend to soak up water. These can damage the blades, motor, or even just clog up your disposal, leading to expensive repair costs when you have to get it fixed. In addition, it is important that you avoid pouring used cooking oils or grease down the disposal, and always make sure to run the cold water before and after running it to clear out any lingering debris.