Summer Is Here - Is Your Plumbing Ready?
Avoid these summer pitfalls in residential and commercial plumbing systems.
Posted 17:31 June 07, 2023
Last Updated 17:31 June 07, 2023
During the summer months, residential and commercial plumbing systems can encounter specific problems due to various factors associated with the season. Here are some common issues that may arise:
Clogged or slow drains
Summer activities often involve more outdoor gatherings, barbecues, and increased water usage, which can lead to clogged drains. Food debris, grease, and other substances can accumulate in the plumbing system, causing blockages and slow drainage. It is essential to dispose of waste properly and avoid pouring cooking oils or fats down the drains.
Sewer line backups
Heavy rainfalls during the summer can put a strain on sewer lines. Excessive rainfall can overwhelm the system, leading to backups and sewage flowing back into residential or commercial buildings. Tree root intrusion into sewer lines is also more common during the summer, as roots grow more aggressively due to warm weather. Regular inspections and maintenance of sewer lines can help prevent these issues.
Sprinkler system leaks
Many properties have sprinkler systems for watering lawns and gardens during the summer. Leaks in sprinkler pipes or faulty valves can waste water and increase water bills. Inspecting the system for leaks, ensuring proper adjustment of sprinkler heads, and addressing any issues promptly can help maintain the efficiency of the system.
Water heater problems
In some regions, the water supply entering homes or commercial buildings is colder during the summer. As a result, the water heater may need to work harder to heat the water to the desired temperature. This increased demand can potentially strain the water heater and lead to issues such as inadequate hot water supply, leaks, or even failure. Regular maintenance, including flushing the tank and checking for leaks, can help avoid these problems.
Pipe expansion and leaks
High temperatures during the summer can cause pipes to expand. This expansion can lead to leaks or weakened pipe joints, particularly in older plumbing systems. Insulating exposed pipes and checking for signs of leaks, such as water stains or damp areas, can help detect and address any issues promptly.
Many municipalities require backflow prevention devices to protect the public water supply from contamination. During the summer, irrigation systems, pools, and other outdoor water sources can pose a higher risk of backflow if the devices are not properly maintained. Regular testing and maintenance of backflow prevention systems are crucial to ensure their effectiveness.
It's important to note that the specific plumbing problems can vary depending on the location, climate, and the condition of the plumbing system itself. Regular maintenance, prompt repairs, and taking preventive measures can help minimize the occurrence of these issues and ensure the smooth functioning of residential and commercial plumbing systems during the summer months.
If you'd like an inspection of your home or commercial plumbing system, contact the professional plumbers here at All Trades. We service Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, and most parts of Clark County Nevada. We offer same-day service in most cases.