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Avoid These 5 Common Summer Plumbing Problems

Ah, the wonders of summer! The Texas sun shines a lot brighter, the birds sing a little louder, and the plumbing works a little harder as well. Now that we’re halfway through our favorite season, we wanted to give you all a heads up on the most common summer plumbing problems and how to avoid them. 

But, first, here’s how summer can affect your overall plumbing system.

Toilet Backups

With schools closed for the summer and most outdoor activities suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, people are spending more time at home than ever before. Whether you’re enjoying lounging in bed longer than usual or you’re more than ready for everything to return back to normal, one thing is for sure: your plumbing is getting a workout like never before. That means your toilet is more susceptible to clogging, especially if your kids or other family members get a little carried away with the toilet paper. Make sure your family is frugal with the amount of toilet tissue they need to clean up after themselves, and teach them to never throw food, toys, paint, or other inappropriate items down the toilet. If you do find yourself dealing with a nasty clogged toilet or backup, don’t hesitate to call us for toilet repairs in Houston and the surrounding areas. 

Clogged Garbage Disposal

Summer is a popular time for cookouts with friends and family. Even if you’re steering clear of anyone you don’t live with, we bet you still bust out the good old outdoor grill once in a while just for yourself and your immediate family. That’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, but be careful with your garbage disposal when you’re cooking. Sometimes, people get carried away and dump everything down the sink, whether it belongs in there or not. Avoid a call to your local plumber by only disposing of the correct foods down the garbage disposal. Click here to view our guide. 

Washing Machine Overload

As much fun as it is for your kids to have all the free time in the world, you, as a parent, know that this means laundry day is every day. Yes, clean clothes are important, but what’s more important is that you don’t overwork or overload the washing machine. Try to stick to small loads, and regularly check for leaks from the washing machine hoses that can lead to a plumbing disaster. We recommend you only do your laundry when someone’s at home, just in case your washing machine does spring a leak. 

Home Floods

This isn’t necessarily a plumbing issue, but we felt it was important to bring up anyway. As most of you know, for all the joy that summer brings, it’s also the peak of hurricane season. Unexpected downpours can wreak havoc in your home, especially if you’re not prepared. We recommend you look into a sump pump installation as soon as possible if you don’t already have one, and if you do, contact a trusted plumber for a check-up and inspection to make sure everything is in order working. 

If you find yourself fighting with your plumbing system this summer, stop. Take a deep breath. Call your neighborly plumbers in Houston and the surrounding areas, and we’ll be happy to take the mess off your hands.