What Are the Most Common Summer Plumbing Problems?

Summer Plumbing ProblemsDuring the summer, it is important to be prepared. Not only do you remember to grab your sunscreen before heading to the beach or decide when and where your family and friends will be taking that vacation, but you also need to make sure your plumbing is functioning properly. That’s right – there are several plumbing issues that are quite common with home and business plumbing systems during the hot summer months. Let’s look at the six most common plumbing problems.

Sprinkler Systems

When it comes to summer heat, your sprinklers are probably working as hard as you are to keep things fresh and that use can lead to the occasional sprinkler system leak. People love their green grass and will run sprinklers often to keep it green, but over time the sprinkler heads can get clogged or the lines that supply water can crack, leading to leaks. If your sprinkler seems to have a loss of pressure, clean the sprayer head and check the lines for any signs of problems.

Clogged Toilets

With lightened work schedules and kids home from school, bathroom usage can double during the summer months. If you are not careful with what you flush, though, you could end up clogging the toilet. Many clogged toilets need more work than a simple plunger can do. If you’ve got a blockage in your toilet, call in the professionals at Tonkin Plumbing to have a look and get things running smoothly again.

Washing Machine Issues

With the kids out playing in rain, mud and dirt – not to mention just the extra sweatiness that comes with summer heat – you can expect an increase in the use of your washing machine. With all those extra wash cycles, you will be looking at higher water and electricity costs, but also extra stress on your washer. If your machine starts not cleaning as effectively or doesn’t seem to be drawing in water properly, it could be a sign that your water lines are blocked or cracked. Our team can come out and take a look and correct any issues with your washer’s water connections.

Garbage Disposal Clogs

Summer brings lots of barbecues, cookouts and dinner parties, and with that summer food comes a lot of leftovers, dirty plates and fluids making their way into your sink and your garbage disposal. If you use it enough, the chances are good that you will eventually face a clog, halting the disposal’s production. Never reach into your disposal to quell a clog, instead, call a plumber to troubleshoot the blockage and get your disposal back in action!

Sewage Line Backups

During the summer, sewer lines can be more susceptible to failure. It’s not the additional usage that we talked about that’s at fault; rather it’s storms and trees. Summer thunderstorms can dump a lot of water quickly, which can stress out sewer systems and lead to backups. On the other hand, tree roots can also snare around a sewage line, leading to cracks and failures that can become a problem. If you’re seeing backups, call our team in to inspect your pipes and make sure they’re in working order.

Cold Showers

The last thing you want during the sweaty summer days is to run out of hot water. Whether you’re trying to take a shower after a long day in the sun or wash dishes after a barbecue, hot water is essential to keeping clean. If your faucets are only running cold, it could mean that your water heater is failing. Our experts can take a look and see if your heater is in need of repairs or should be replaced with a new, more energy-efficient model.
At Tonkin Plumbing, we can investigate and fix all of your summer plumbing issues and much more. If you find that you are facing a plumbing problem that you just can’t crack, give us a call at 951-784-7586 today.


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