We don’t get many calls for frozen pipes during winters here in San Diego. However, summer is a time of year that presents a few season-specific plumbing issues. Our summer season tends to be longer than most parts of the country and the opportunities for hot weather plumbing problems are more plentiful. You’re likely to use more water during summer months, anyway. Don’t add to that expense by allowing plumbing problems to go unresolved. Here are a few that are common this time of year:
- Clogged kitchen disposal. Backyard barbecues, picnic leftovers and other summer outdoor activities often produce scraps that end up in a kitchen disposal that’s not designed to handle it. Keep refuse like corn husks, banana peels, watermelon rinds and other fibrous foods out of the disposal. They should go out with the regular trash.
- Water line rupture. Summer is getaway season. You could hardly have a worse homecoming afterwards than discovering your house has been inundated by water from a ruptured plumbing line while you were gone. If your washing machine water supply hoses are rubber—a common source of water damage if they rupture—upgrade them to braided stainless steel. If you’ve been ignoring some nagging leaks somewhere, stop. Get them repaired by a qualified plumber before you leave. For maximum protection, particularly if you’re taking an extended trip, turn off water to the entire house at the main shutoff valve while you’re gone. Be sure to turn off the water heater, also, if you do.
- Sewer backups. A major cause of sewer line blockages is infiltration of the sewer pipe by feeder roots from trees or shrubbery. These roots are more aggressive in the summer growing season and more likely to obstruct flow through the pipe. If you haven’t had your sewer line inspected in several years, get it checked for tree root infiltration this summer. A qualified plumber can discuss options to clear the line and restore free flow.
- HVAC issues. Your central air conditioner produces many gallons of condensate every day as water vapor in the air condenses on the cold evaporator coil. The A/C drip pan is connected to your household drain system by a small drain line. If anything obstructs proper drainage into the household plumbing—algae growing in the drip pan can clog the plumbing drain line, for example—water spillage and damage may result every time the air conditioner turns on.
If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post “How to Save Water During Summer Months”
North County Plumbing is located in Oceanside, California and has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services…with no overtime charges!