As the summer heat rolls in, plumbing concerns can become more prevalent. Homeowners should maintain vigilance about several common plumbing issues that tend to arise during this season. Addressing these concerns early can help avoid costly repairs and keep your plumbing system running smoothly.

Sump Pumps

Summer storms can bring heavy rainfall, leading to potential basement flooding. Your sump pump serves your first line of defense against such water damage. Ensure your sump pump is in good working condition; replace it every seven years. Regularly test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit to see if the pump activates. Consider having a backup battery-operated sump pump in case of power outages during storms.

Laundry Areas

Washing Machine Hoses

With increased laundry loads during summer due to outdoor activities, washing machine hoses are put to the test. Inspect the hoses for any signs of wear and tear, such as cracks or bulges. Replacing old hoses with braided stainless steel ones can prevent leaks and water damage.

Laundry Utility Sinks and Grey-Water Sump Pumps

Laundry utility sinks and grey-water sump pumps are essential for managing the water from your washing machine. Ensure that these components are free from clogs and functioning correctly. Regularly clean the utility sink and check the sump pump to prevent overflow and water damage.

Outdoor Plumbing

Summer is a time for heavy use of outdoor faucets, sprinkler systems, and hoses. Check for leaks, drips, or any signs of damage. Leaky outdoor faucets can waste a significant amount of water and increase utility bills. Additionally, inspect and clean sprinkler heads to ensure efficient watering.

Clogged Lines

Summer activities often lead to an increase in debris entering your plumbing system. Grass clippings, dirt, and other materials can clog outdoor drains and gutters. Regularly clean these areas to prevent blockages. Indoors, be mindful of what goes down your drains. Avoid disposing of grease, food particles, and other solids that can accumulate and cause clogs.

By staying proactive and addressing these common plumbing concerns, you can enjoy a stress-free summer without worrying about unexpected plumbing issues. Regular maintenance and inspections are key to keeping your plumbing system in top shape all season long. If you encounter any problems, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber to ensure your home remains safe and dry.

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If you have any plumbing concerns this summer, contact DRC Plumbing and Sewer—your Reliable and Courteous Plumbing Pros. We’re here to help you with all your plumbing needs and ensure your home stays in perfect condition. Call us today to schedule an inspection or service appointment!