7 Common Summer Plumbing Problems
By Jathy Garcia
Down in South Florida summer means rain, rain, and more rain. With our unique weather patterns come some specific summer plumbing problems. We put together a list of some of the most common issues we see and how to avoid them. However, if they do become problematic, Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air has some of the best in the biz with the best rates and quickest service in town.
1. SPRINKLER ISSUES
Although we tend to use our sprinklers year-round in Florida, summer is a great time to get them inspected to ensure there’s no leaks. Even the smallest leak can wreak havoc on your water bill, and lawn mowers can be especially unforgiving.
2. SEWER LINE BACKUPS
Although we need the rain, it can cause some major problems when it comes to your sewer lines. During the summer, tree roots grow and reach out grasping for water, but in doing so, they can damage underground pipes. All the rain can also cause loose dirt and gravel to find its way into small cracks in your pipes, causing even more problems.
3. TOILET TROUBLES
Schools out, and as great as it is to have the kids home and spend more time with the family, that means more people in the house and using the toilet every day. With your toilet working double time all summer long, it’s important to teach children to use only as much toilet paper as necessary and that toilet paper and nothing else goes down there. Keep a plunger on hand, but if all else fails give us a call and one of our experienced technicians will be there in no time to save the day.
4. DISPOSAL CLOGS
What’s summer without a few BBQ’s? Garbage disposals are wondrous devices that can help make our lives easier and help the planet. However, certain summer foods aren’t great for your disposal and can cause clogs or damage. A stinky sink is no way to spend your summer cooking!
5. WASHING MACHINE LEAKS
With the kids being home, the sweltering Florida summer heat and humidity, pool runs, and beach days, there’s bound to be an abundance of laundry to be done. Excessive laundry loads can be hard on your machine; along with normal wear and tear and age, your machine can start to break down on you. Water leaks and vent clogs are some common problems that can really drain your pockets and be hazardous to your family. Leakage ups your water bills and clogged dryers are major fire hazards.
6. SHOWER CLOGS
Between beach days, playground playdates, and the summer sweats, your shower gets used twice as much over the summer. We often see clogged showers due to excess sand, gravel, and dirt. To avoid this issue, consider rinsing off with the hose outside before jumping in the shower.
7. WATER HEATER OVERLOAD
More showers and washing mean more hot water. This can exponentially pump up your energy bill or even cause some water tank problems. To avoid these money-wasters, consider going tankless or speak with one of our knowledgeable technicians about the best solution for your family.
Summer should be all about fun and spending time with loved ones, not worrying about all the plumbing problems that come with this damp, humid season. At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air, we value your time and want you to spend as much time enjoying the season as possible. If you’re unfortunate enough to encounter one of the above situations this summer, be sure to give us a call at 561-790-6966 and we’ll get you back to your regularly scheduled summer celebrations in no time!